by Stephen Garner

British bootmaker John Lobb showed its autumn/winter 2021 this week, proposing a range of versatile footwear.

This season, Lobb introduces the ‘Hardington’, an update on its five-eyelet derby shoe. This style is formed from high shine black or dark oak calfskin and features a sleek round toe. Bringing a contemporary twist to the style, it is available on two robust soles, a double leather sole or the brand’s ultra-durable lightweight walking sole. The style is a new addition to Lobb’s New Standard line which it introduced for spring/summer ‘20, which sees its iconic styles, from the Lopez loafer to the double buckle William reinterpreted on a more modern, rounded last.

Autumn also welcomes the ‘Forde’, an eight-eye Oxford boot suited to city pursuits, which has been updated with classic broguing features. Traditional punched details feature on the boot’s wing cap and vamp, and in an intrepid-twist, the style also features Lobb’s signature anthracite lace hooks. The style sits as part of Lobb’s wider line of brogues, which includes an Oxford shoe, slip-on, and a Chelsea boot.

Durability is integral to John Lobb, and its hard-wearing, welted designs are crafted to endure a lifetime of wear. They are also fully repairable. Building on this robustness, autumn/winter ‘21 sees the launch of the ‘Skye’, a derby boot with wraparound laces, and the ‘Kilmory’, a lace-up derby shoe, which have been made with Lobb’s first waterproof Norweigan welt and Highland sole. The latter’s leather sole is injected with rubber at its forepart and heel, making it ultra-sturdy. The ‘Skye’ and ‘Kilmory’ were both inspired by styles in Lobb’s Bespoke archive and are imagined in smooth and moorland grain calfskin in rich jeweled tones, including oxblood, burnt umber, tan, and navy.

Lobb has also evolved its at-home offering for autumn. Its new loafer-inspired ‘Travel Slipper’ is formed from extra-soft leather, in tones including burgundy and cognac, and sits inside a customized travel bag. A range of socks have also been developed for domestic comfort, which also pairs harmoniously with Lobb’s outdoors shoes, including stripe dot and herringbone stitch styles, crafted in the Scottish borders using Merino wool and cashmere.