Last No. 140
Last 140 is a Hand Grade Collection last launched in celebration of our 140th Anniversary. Those of you with a keen eye will note the similarity between Last 140 and Last 330, the original Crockett & Jones Hand Grade Last. You would be correct in thinking the two were linked. 140 is a blend of the 330's fore-part and the favourable fitting of the 363 back-part. resulting in a last with individual character, perfect to celebrate our 140th Anniversary Collection. A Classic English round toe that flows through the joint and into the waist and heel section effortlessly, Last 140 will invariably become a staple of the Hand Grade Collection in years to come.
The history of Demi or Low-Cut boots is difficult to pin down. We believe they can be dated back to the early 1800s as more fashionable item to be worn by the more discerning Gentleman of the time, an early Dandy if you like. Probably of feminine roots from the early days of booties, we also conclude that the rise of Chelsea and Chukka boots and also Side Gusset Casuals, would have had an impact. Crockett & Jones can first date back the making of Low-Cut Chelsea boots to 1910, but the Demi-Boot (proper) is not seen until catalogues from the mid-60s. A Demi-Boot just covers the ankle, but can still be seen below the trouser hems.