When the Prince of Wales visited one of his low energy housing schemes on Thursday it wasn't just his bricklaying skills which drew attention. Also a talking point were his shoes – which were a pair he's owned for over four decades.
The Prince, who in March topped a best dressed poll in a US men's mag, bought the plain but highly polished Oxfords from the John Lobb shop on St James Street in London when he was 20.
And no wonder he's hung onto them for so long. The shoes – which these days cost between £2,360 and £6,5000 - take weeks to make. Shoemakers craft a wooden version of the client's foot, then a team of 'clickers' cut the leather sections which are stitched together before polishers add their final shine.
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