John Lobb and Paul Smith Team Up on Colorful Footwear
John Lobb’s classic leather shoes are getting a splash of color this fall, thanks to British fashion designer Paul Smith, who is infusing his signature lively style in a special-edition collection that is in select stores in September. The two brands collaborated on three special-edition shoes that are dyed in green, blue, purple, and gray, reminiscent of Paul Smith’s playful garments.
The Westbourne ($1,295), for instance—Lobb’s classic leather oxford shoe with a punched toe—has been dyed in layers to create gradual variations in tone; the grain was then compressed to produce a rich, glossy finish. Both the Westbourne and the Willoughby ($1,275)—a classic derby-style colorful cashmere suede—are fitted with shoe trees that have been stained and waxed to complement the leathers. The special-edition set also includes a flexible, lightweight loafer in full-grained suede called the Lucca ($685), which can be worn both indoors and outdoors. (www.johnlobb.com, www.paulsmith.co.uk)