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The all-knowing and ever-observant RJman informs us that the John Lobb (Paris) website has now been updated to include several models in its new collection: including the Wroxham, Hemsby, Oakley, Cromer, Ashill, Watton, Terresfort, and Hellesdon. I will leave it to others to comment on these new designs, which can be found here.
 

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Cromer, Ashill, and Hellesdon are not half bad.

I think the Cromer might be the nicest in the bunch (BUT REALY BORING FROM THE TOP VIEW).
But perhaps after my Perths (606), VASS's norwegian split toe (F) & Alden NST (plaza) ...
 

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And here are some thumbnails of the :

https://img169.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20081yp6.jpg

https://img169.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20082ca2.jpg

https://img143.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20083qt3.jpg

https://img228.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20084yl4.jpg

The catalogue has pictures of the JL 2008 model, which doesn't really do it for me. I like the Ashill, the Watton, the Romsey (but that's an old model, isn't it?), and the Hellesdon. The Cromer doesn't quite do it for me because they combine that throat seam underneath the second eyelet from the top with a base demi-chasse design that doesn't have gunboat proportions. I like that detail, but it really has to be on a big, bulky chasse like the JM Weston Hunt shoe.
 

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And here are some thumbnails of the :

https://img169.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20081yp6.jpg

https://img169.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20082ca2.jpg

https://img143.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20083qt3.jpg

https://img228.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lobb20084yl4.jpg

The catalogue has pictures of the JL 2008 model, which doesn't really do it for me. I like the Ashill, the Watton, the Romsey (but that's an old model, isn't it?), and the Hellesdon. The Cromer doesn't quite do it for me because they combine that throat seam underneath the second eyelet from the top with a base demi-chasse design that doesn't have gunboat proportions. I like that detail, but it really has to be on a big, bulky chasse like the JM Weston Hunt shoe.
+1 re: the JL 2008. I think the JL 2007 is infinitely more elegant. The Watton, IMHO, is inferior to the Tudor, and yes, the Romsey, I believe, has been around for a while now. All in all, I'm pretty underwhelmed by the new collection.
 

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^ +1

Although the Oakley isn't too bad either IMO. Most of them are a bit overwrought...
 

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Cleverley

I really like the new John Lobb styles but think G.J.Cleverley shoes are just as good and there is a big price difference. Cleverley ready-made shoes are around $700-$800, which given the quality is wonderful. I just wish they sold them in the U.S.
 

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There seems to be less of the rather gaudy novelty designs that have afflicted the JLP catalogue of late.

I really do like the Watton and the Terreford. Both are very traditional designs. The strips of leather hiding the side gussets on a Chelsea boot with a galosh Oxford construction like that were seen in the 19th century on dress boots. The Terreford with the tan collar is a traditional riding boot style, once also very popular as a dress boot in the early 19th century:
 

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JLP's business philosophy is to introduce new models and to retire old models regularly -- practically none of their original RTW models are left in the line-up anymore. That's both good and bad -- good in the sense that there's always something new and interesting to look at; bad in the sense that many of the new and interesting designs aren't destined to become classics and many of the classics (like the William double monkstrap) aren't made anymore. All in all, though, I'm glad that they do it -- without the constant drive to innovate, would they ever have created such sublime shoes as the Jermyn II?
 

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Yes, innovation can be a good thing when done well. JLP styles have been a hit and miss affairs, but that is a risk they are willing to take, I guess. On the other hand, the constant turnover smacks of the modus operandi of a fashion house.
I agree. The turnover of styles so regularly is not unlike many fashion houses.

There are a few styles I like but many seem to be a bit too much for my conservative taste.
 

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Yes, innovation can be a good thing when done well. JLP styles have been a hit and miss affair, but that is a risk they are willing to take, I guess. On the other hand, the constant turnover smacks of the modus operandi of a fashion house.
Well, they are a fashion house. Or, rather, they're owned by a fashion house. Now, it's true that Hermes is justifiably famous for refusing to compromise the quality of their luxury goods to expand, but they're still in the fashion business.

To me, JLP is sort of a halfway house between the stodgier English manufacturers and some of the Italians. The Italians (and by that, I mean Italian manufacturers whom I respect) will come out with dozens and dozens of new designs each year. You scratch your head and wonder what in the world they were thinking for about two thirds of them. Another sixth would be pretty good with some tweaking. The final sixth are golden. Compared to that, JLP moves at a glacial pace and has a much higher hit rate.
 

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To me, JLP is sort of a halfway house between the stodgier English manufacturers and some of the Italians.
Geographically, halfway between England and Italy lands you in France.

JLP is really continuing the French tradition of Anglomanie which started after the French Revolution. Even JM Weston is a made up English sounding name. At heart they all rather French with styles more akin to Corthay and Aubercy, with only a dash of Anglophilia for taste.
 

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I really like the new John Lobb styles but think G.J.Cleverley shoes are just as good and there is a big price difference. Cleverley ready-made shoes are around $700-$800, which given the quality is wonderful. I just wish they sold them in the U.S.
The Cleverley RTW shoes that I have seen have been made by Crockett & Jones. Stanley Korshak in Dallas carried them at one time for around $1000, which I didn't think was particularly reasonable. Since George Glasgow isn't having an event at Korshak during this fall's US trip, I would imagine that Korshak has dropped them. Bontoni is so much flashier.
 
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