Crockett & Jones might be a traditional English shoemaker, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t down with the ‘kids’. In fact, this spring’s seasonal collection is as fashionable as can be.
Forgive the ever-so-slightly glib phrasing, but my point stands: even heritage brands can keep their eye on mainstream men’s style trends. New for spring summer ’18, Crockett & Jones has introduced a seasonal collection that’s sartorial, but also includes a number of fashion-forward touches you’ll see elsewhere in menswear this season.
First up, C&J’s new Cranleigh model is the company’s first summer Chelsea boot, cut in lightweight suede, complete with rubber city soles. There are a few things that make these clever; the first is the low-leg shape that’s comfortable to wear during milder weather, the second is that these are unlined, which allows the suede (and your foot) to breathe. Thirdly, their new City soles are far more flexible than conventional tanned leather and much lighter than the more traditional ‘Dainite’ rubber sole, also contributing to a boot that’s well suited to warmer temperatures. The last’s a smart one, too – the 377 – which features narrow heel clipping for a close fit, plus smooth asymmetric toes that walk the line between formal and casual (pardon the pun).
The colours C&J has opted for are spot on, as well. The reddish-brown snuff suede is a timeless choice that’ll pair with anything (and remain wearable well into autumn) and the shark grey colour feels smart and urban, but it’s not too dark for sunny spring days.
Moreover, camel has established itself as a key colour in contemporary menswear.
It’s been around for a few seasons now and it’s showing no signs of disappearing, which makes treating yourself to a pair of camel Cranleighs a no-brainer. Wear them now with slim dark denim jeans, a navy double-breasted blazer and a classic sky blue Oxford shirt, and swap the jeans out for tan cotton chinos or linen trousers when it heats up.
Shoes-wise, there are some lovely new pieces, too. Again, the classics are taken care of with the Newquay and Lichfield. The first is a lightweight, unlined Derby shoe and the second a dressy tassel loafer with a brogued wing-cap. These beg to be worn with cream linen trousers and a sharp summer jacket on the weekends, but they’ll also fit comfortably into a semi-formal office environment. Both come in a mid-brown suede, while for something a little more formal, the Crawford in tan antique calf and Cadogan in dark brown pebble grain, also loafers, are smart choices for formalwear. Both are from their top line ‘Hand Grade Collection’ and the Cadogan’s unlined for extra comfort and flexibility.
I’m also rather taken with the collection’s Harvard II penny loafers, which are the other pair that tick this season’s camel box. They’re cut in soft, light suede with generous round toes and simple penny straps. They’re also finished with chocolate coloured ‘City’ rubber soles that ensure they’re a comfortable, easy-to-wear choice. Pair these with a dark brown or navy linen suit and pastel blue shirt. If you want to be really clever, pick out the chocolate soles with a dark brown woven leather belt and watch strap. Subtle touches that may or may not be in the eye of the beholder!
As always, these new and existing designs are both clever and classic in equal measure.
If you’d like to keep one foot in traditional English footwear and the other nodding to current trends this spring, you know where to go.
Our new Spring Summer 2018 Collection is available to pre-order from Crockett & Jones stores now. Store's will begin to take delivery of the new collection from March… We can already see a wave of bright colour working its way through the final rooms of the factory!