Located at Number 9 St. James’s Street, John Lobb, Ltd. has been custom-making fine shoes and boots for gentlemen since 1866. The shop was founded by John Lobb who, at a young age, made his way from Cornwall, England to London to become an apprentice bootmaker. In 1863, Lobb was named the official bootmaker to Edward, Prince of Wales, after he created a pair of riding boots for the future King. Lobb opened his first shop in London in 1866, and he soon established himself as the premier boot and shoemaker to the aristocracy and politicians of London. Over time, the company thrived making ‘handmade to measure shoes and boots’ for both men and women, and the company launched a number of classic shoes such as the ‘Monk Shoe’ and the ‘Lopez Loafer’. A pair of Lobb’s handmade shoes are unique to every owner, and they are created by specialized craftsmen who have served long apprenticeships to acquire their skills. Once the shop ‘fitter’ meticulously measures and notes the precise statistics of each foot, the shop ‘last-maker’ carves a solid block of well-grained maple or beechwood into a precisely contoured model of the customer’s foot. Thousands of ‘lasts’ are kept stored on the shelves at the shop, and many are labelled with the names of the rich and famous from Winston Churchill and Prince Charles, to Frank Sinatra and Hugh Grant. In 1976, John Lobb was acquired by the Hermès Group, however, the original London location at 9 St. James’s Street , John Lobb, Ltd., continues to be operated independently by members of the Lobb family.
- John Lobb, Ltd.
- 9 St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1EF
- Underground: St. James’s Park