The Bespokesman - St Crispin’s day

St Crépin by John Lobb

The 25th of October is the feast of St Crispin and while it’s probably best known for being the day in 1415 that Henry V gave his “band of brothers” speech before the battle of Agincourt it’s also a big day for shoemakers – St Crispin is their patron saint.

To celebrate, John Lobb has created the St Crépin 2010, which is an elegant contemporary wholecut double monkstrap. From these shoes you might deduce that -

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a John Lobb is run by the French.

b The French have got over their ignominous defeat at Agincourt.

c John Lobb designs a pair of shoes to celebrate St Crispin’s day every year.
NB the modern buckles, which are the most obvious indicator that the shoes were designed by Philippe Mouquet of Hèrmes.

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Brummell by Edward Green

At this point it’s worth re-iterating that there are, unbelievably confusingly, two companies called John Lobb that make shoes and have shops in London’s St James’s. One is a British brand (www.johnlobbltd.co.uk) that only makes very English bespoke shoes - Prince Charles is a customer. The other is a French brand (www.johnlobb.com) owned by Hèrmes that sells exquisitely made ready-to-wear shoes, which are made in Northampton – although in Paris it also offers a bespoke service. Is that clear? Thought not.

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Less confusingly Edward Green, one of a handful of shoe brands with a quality to rival John Lobb, also has a new style, the Brummell, which was launched to celebrate the company’s 120th birthday. The Brummell, named after the famous Georgian dandy, is a lightly-updated version of a shoe from the Twenties and is one of the most elegant full brogues we’ve ever seen.

St Crépin by John Lobb, £980, www.johnlobb.com

Brummell by Edward Green, £670, www.edwardgreen.com

Words by Mansel Fletcher

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