NOWNESS: John Lobb - Shoe Gazing

In honor of the 150th anniversary of storied British shoemaker John Lobb, NOWNESS paid a visit to the company’s Northhampton workshop for a behind-the-scenes look at how their classic designs are produced. Having outfitted everyone from Frank Sinatra to Prince Charles, John Lobb is well-known for several of its iconic styles including the William “Monk” shoe and the Lopez slip-on loafer. The process of producing any one of these designs involves more than 190 steps which spans from the initial cutting of Italian calf leather, to a final buffing once the sole is attached and the shoe has been completely assembled. Check out the photos below for a peek at how it’s all done.

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