John Lobb Alligator Monk-Strap Shoes
John Lobb, bootmaker to British royalty since the 1860s and fashioner of what is arguably the world's finest men's footwear, is offering an ultra-luxurious pair of made-to-measure alligator double monk-strap shoes as part of its Spring 2010 collection. The shoes are made from naturally aged Australian salt water alligator yielding a thick, extremely durable hide that will age better than lesser skins. Glove leather lining, a hand-applied finish, leather soles plied together via a painstaking "sunk by stones, soaked in water" process, and hand-stitched boar fur threads distinguish this as footwear par excellence. A matching billfold is also available. Lobb, founded in 1849, received its first Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales in 1863. Aside from sovereigns and heads of state, Lobbs have long been the favored footwear of fops including Cole Porter, Cecil Beaton, Hugh Grant and Daniel Day-Lewis.