Iconic British shoemaker John Lobb introduces sandals
If being an expert comes from an unparalleled knowledge of a specialist area developed over years of painstaking commitment and care, then that description would fit the cobbler John Lobb as comfortably as a pair of its handmade shoes.
The British brand has been producing traditionally-made shoes and boots since 1849, but this season has shown that it remains bang on-trend with the introduction of a new range of sandals to its shelves.
Known for its quality and meticulous attention to detail—a normal handmade pair of leather Derbies takes more than 190 steps to make—the three new sandal designs options takes full advantage of the open-toe revival that has been hitting the floors this season. Also, it does wonders to strengthen its appeal in the Gulf region.
Catering for regional taste, the three designs each offer a design flourish to the quality of the product with the Stratton (single buckle sandal),
the slider Cross, and the Beacon—inspired by the house’s signature William double-buckle shoe.
The brand’s history tells of an aspirational young cobbler who walked 400km from Cornwall to London in 1840s to make his way as a serious shoemaker.
We’d wager that had he been wearing a pair of his own sandals (with lightly cushioned insoles and rubber-tipped soles), he probably would have enjoyed the walk a hell of a lot more.