We can get a bit stuck record with shoes. When it comes to pieces worth unlocking your wallet for, traditional footwear leads the list. Not only will Oxfords and brogues never date, but you can pass a handmade pair down to your kids since they’re infinitely repairable and built bombproof.
All of which makes the case for John Lobb’s latest release, the Fowey: an ankle boot handcrafted over six weeks from two pieces of museum calf leather. And should you stump up the £1,500 to own a pair of these limited edition boots, you’ll be one of only a thousand men so well-shod. As the production number on the sole lets the eagle-eyed know.
It’s an outlay, no doubt. But your money secures you the most versatile shoe in your rotation. The almond toe and mid-rise, with a single eyelet fastening, will elevate your tailoring – especially if you pick up the plum pair, which will work with almost any shade of suiting – but also sit happily beneath summer linen and even your jeans. So long as they’re slim-fitting and just as well-made.
You also get a shoe specific tree – because as you know, it’s proper care that sees you shoes through multiple decades – and a special edition shoebox. Then just hope that your progeny has as excellent taste as you do.
The John Lobb Fowey shoe is available online at Harrods.com now, priced £1,500.