Islay, our country-going Derby boot feels like it’s been a part of the Crockett & Jones story for centuries. Its robust storm-welts, rubber Dainite soles, speed hooks and bold broguing speak of a boot that’s stood the test of time – and indeed Islay has seen plenty of action and adventure over the years – not least on the feet of 007, himself. Notably, Daniel Craig wore the Islay during 2012’s Skyfall, for his scenes in the Scottish Highlands where he faces down his nemesis, cyber-criminal Raoul Silva.
The boot is lasted on the 365, a generous last intended for country footwear with wide, deep, rounded toes. It was first produced in 2009, but the 365 references the golden era of English shoemaking; it harks back to the robust work boots and walking boots popular in the 1940s and ‘50s, and isn’t dissimilar to some of the mid-century boots we keep in our archives. Unlike its cousin (and fellow C&J icon) Coniston, we only make Islay in hardy Dark Brown Scotch Country Grain for this reason; a more traditional boot warrants a similarly traditional material.
Generally, we’d expect the Islay to be treated as a casual boot, but some deft dressers out there demonstrate the style’s scope to wear with tailoring too. @weltandbarrell dresses up his boots with a pair of earthy grey flannel trousers, with a soft texture and fine houndstooth pattern that lend more than a hint of ‘Peaky Blinders’ styling to his look. The generous turn-ups help too. Likewise, @latelier_amsterdam pulls off a similar trick, pairing his Islay boots with finely checked grey flannels. Again, their mottled surface texture works well with Islay’s honest looks.
The rest of our well-shod friends and customers have embraced Islay’s casual side; pairing their boots with hearty, well-worn denim. @jesperbrannstrom’s washed mid-blue jeans display the perfect single turned-up hem, while @craigvpower goes for the full roll. @avaldeolmos keeps things a little cleaner with plain hems, and @imaunit brings up the rear with a slightly darker denim shade, which nonetheless works a treat.
If you’re a C&J regular, you’ll be familiar with our old adage “made to be worn”. Islay, perhaps more than any other boot we make, proves the point. It’s tough, versatile and satisfyingly timeless.