Ever wonder why luxury dress shoes are worth the investment? Now we know.
British men’s footwear brand John Lobb — which is launching its new Hayes dress style on Oct. 25, Saint Crispin’s Day — has unveiled a behind-the-scenes look at its production process. The double-monk-strap style will be available in black, brown and burgundy leather and will retail for $1,895 at the label’s boutiques and website.
Here are six facts about John Lobb’s new style:
1. The Hayes is completely handmade using a single piece of calf leather and shaped around John Lobb’s signature ‘7000’ last.
2. Each limited-edition pair is individually numbered and took six weeks to produce in Northampton, England.
3. The Hayes is an update on a double-buckle silhouette designed by John Lobb in the 1940s.
4. The leather’s mottled patina is based on an ancient tanning method, where natural dye is applied in layers to give a subtle variation of tone.
5. Its hand-sewn apron took over two hours per pair to complete. It is secured by using natural bristles, which are threaded through holes.
6. The shoe has no visible stitching, except for a single bind seam joining the sole and upper together.
In an exclusive with Footwear News last year, the brand’s artistic director, Paula Gerbase, spoke about modernizing the heritage brand.
“It’s been an interesting challenge for [the factory] to create something that doesn’t come naturally to them,” said Gerbase. “But they’re willing to let me challenge them, which I think is really rare, actually. It’s never just about repeating or re-launching styles. It’s about going to the essence of what each archival piece is about and then interpreting that in a modern way.”