John Lobb may be identified for the refined classicism of its signature leather-based brogues and Oxfords, however a latest concentrate on the sneaker sees the British shoemaker convey its century-and-a-half experience to sportier terrain. Among the many new types – made utilizing the identical intricate 190-step course of as some other pair of John Lobb footwear – are the Foundry sneaker, in-part impressed by a pair of traditional sport Derbys from the Twenties, and the Dover, with easy, undulating traces and hidden ghillie laces. Every appears to encapsulate John Lobb’s goal ‘to equip its wearer for a lifetime in motion’, a maxim impressed by the namesake founder’s personal 1851 journey on foot from the Cornish shoreline to London (by 1863, the younger Lobb was creating footwear for the Prince of Wales, earlier than opening a bespoke atelier on Regent Road in 1866).
The slip-on Cannon sneaker with elastic fastening, a latest addition for A/W 2022, takes a equally ergonomic method. Constructed from the final and sole of the Foundry sneaker – right here up to date with an all-leather spoiler and discrete John Lobb brand on the again tab – the higher’s glossy, minimal design is an illustration of the model’s experience in leathercraft (certainly, the easy design belies the a number of days it takes to create every pair). The Cannon was made with consolation and efficiency in thoughts, although cross-country treks or days spent on foot should not a requirement of wear and tear – you’ll derive simply as a lot satisfaction from the best way these sneakers look.
A model of this story appeared within the January 2023 situation of Wallpaper*, obtainable now in print, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple Information +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* at present (opens in new tab)
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