History of bespoke at John Lobb
John Lobb began making bespoke boots and shoes over 150 years ago. The brand's traditional savoir-faire remains to this day.
Bespoke means designing and manufacturing shoes to conform perfectly both to the shape of the client's foot and to his esthetic wishes. This artisanal process is carried out in the Paris workshop at 32 rue de Mogador. Each pair requires an average of 50 hours of work by highly qualified craftsmen.
Based in our New York store, Master Bootmaker Paul Wilson will follow the client through the process which starts with a series of foot measurements. The client chooses the model, toe shape, leather, as well as the heel height, the sole and any other details desired. Following the first appointment, the shape of the foot is sculpted out of hornbeam wood in our Paris atelier.
The client returns for a second appointment to try on a mock-up of the shoe. This allows the craftsman to further refine the precision of the last that will be used to create the desired pair. The third appointment consists of the final fitting and delivery of the John Lobbs.
Every pair of John Lobbs created in the bespoke workshop is designed to offer the client many long years of comfort. To this end, he will be advised as to the best way to care for and maintain his John Lobbs.
John Lobb shoes offer not only sturdiness and timeless elegance, but unique comfort. They have no generic size or width; they will fit only the client who ordered them.
John Lobb bespoke shoes are an extension of the personality of the wearer.