When there is a change of season in the air, there is also always a twinkle of excitement for me—not the end of something, but the beginning of a fresh new moment. So, what to add to my wardrobe? This year has been excessive to say the least—wedding, honeymoon and property renovations means that I am planning on sticking to accessories as my main source of reinvention for the colder months. What better place to start than at the bottom—my feet, that is.
Crockett & Jones have launched some especially lovely pieces for ladies, and this is all thanks to their inspiring designer Clare Jones, who has taken what were originally just mini versions of the men’s shoes, and given them a more feminine twist, still keeping the C&J feel to each design. ‘We have sourced lighter-weight materials used throughout the Goodyear process, which remains 100% made in our Northampton based factory’ explains Clare. ‘In addition, we have taken the development a step further by introducing feminine touches, such as silk laces and lighter coloured leathers’.
Women on the move—bossing it as busy mothers then heading straight to work—need comfort, it is essential that they aren’t worrying about pinching high-heels. This is where top-quality, trusted designs like these come into force. ‘More recently we have seen a definite androgynous trend that blurs the lines between masculine and feminine’ impassions Clare ‘and we are now seeing increasing numbers of professional women seeking out well-made, stylish and comfortable footwear for business and social uses’. I for one am excited that women are now appreciating the heritage of a company like Crockett & Jones and realising that if nurtured, a pair will last a whole lot longer than anything from the high street.
Here are my favourites from the new collection, which would be perfectly fitting for all walks of life:
These calf suede Derby style ‘ribbon-ups’ are rich, chocolaty heaven. Comfortable from the word go, the earthy tones work perfectly for Autumn—I can imagine donning these to crunch through golden leaves in the park. They would actually look very pretty paired with a floral dress and bare legs (if you dare) and a brown suede jacket to match. For later in the season, jeans will be their best friend, and the jolly tartan ribbons as laces, will add some flare (they come with plain laces too so you can chop and change). ‘This design was inspired by a single lace gifted to us by our lace manufacturer’ regales Clare, ‘designing a shoe to the fit the lace—who would have thought!’
This brogue derby is certainly a statement, but a smart one at that. If I were 6 inches taller, I would wear them with wide-leg trousers, a simple white shirt (try www.withnothingunderneath.com) and a blazer. Alas, as I am only 5 foot 3, I would probably wear them with tailored cropped trousers instead.
These would probably get the most use (they have the durable City Sole too), dog-walking, cycling, conker-hunting, there is nothing you couldn’t take on in these. The rough-out suede is the perfect worn look, and the Chelsea boot is excellent when faced with a downpour. ‘The City Sole lends itself to a broader cross-section of Women who are looking for smart-casual shoes that can be worn with a variety of looks’ explains Clare ‘it is flexible, comfortable and durable, with a high level of grip, so it quickly became apparent that it was an obvious addition for some of the AW18 Women’s styles.’
With the female customers gaining more interest in how the shoes are made, and the expert craftsmanship, I am very much looking forward to seeing how the women’s collections develop over the next few years.