For those who are uninitiated, there's one little-known fact about most car guys: They also dig high-quality shoes.

Granted, gear heads tend to dig high-quality anything. Watches, boats, televisions, sound systems, etc. You get the picture.

Personally though, I know Agent 001 and I are gigantic fans of a fine pair of shoes. You have to remember, ladies and gents, your feet are your foundation. Without a solid foundation, you're a mess!

Recently an interesting partnership came to be between Aston Martin and John Lobb. The two British marques came together to produce "the ultimate lightweight driver's shoe."

That's a pretty good reason to join forces because a good percentage of the time, driving shoes aren't the most fashionable out of the lot, but this time around that's changed as Aston's Director of Design, Mark Reichman, and John Lobb's counterpart, Andres Hernandez, created the Winner Sport line.

Look out for the shoes to hit select John Lobb and Aston Martin stores globally in May 2012.

Aston Martin & John Lobb's press release follows:


Two of the finest British names join forces for a unique project: Winner Sport – the ultimate lightweight driver's shoe.

Co-designed by Aston Martin's Director of Design Marek Reichman and John Lobb's Creative Director Andrés Hernández, this sleek aerodynamic shoe, with its finely-tuned detailing, speaks to the world of the automobile yet sits comfortably within the John Lobb collection.

Winner Sport embodies the style, craftsmanship and quality for which both brands are celebrated the world over.

Crafted around John Lobb's 8695 last, Winner Sport is made from full-grain calfskin and lined with supple sheepskin. Soft padding has been added at the ankle for comfort, and metallic eyelets, punched with a wheel of fine holes, reflect the automotive design cues of Aston Martin. Unlike the more formal, welted John Lobb shoes, Winner Sport is created with a specially-engineered bonded rubber sole that wraps beneath the shoe, giving a sleek line and a sporting feel.

Winner Sport is available in an exciting range of colour combinations: Graphite Grey, Winter Wheat, Frost White and Saddle Tan are all made with the Sporty Stratos White rubber sole. Storm Black, Bitter Chocolate, Westminster Green and Aurora Blue are made with Racy Fire Red rubber soles. Coordinating red and white laces complete the Winner Sport look.

Winner Sport will be previewed at the opening of the new Aston Martin W-One Store in London's Park Lane and at John Lobb Jermyn Street this March. As of May 2012 Winner Sport will be available at selected John Lobb and Aston Martin stores worldwide.

Aston Martin Branches Out With A Joint Partnership In An Industry You'd Least Expect

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