100% made in our very own factory in Northampton, England, by 300+ craftsmen and women, our Goodyear welted shoes are broken down into collections. Of late, we have been having a little bit more fun with a few capsule collections and collection subsets, all of which sit in one of three categories: Hand Grade Collection, Cordovan Collection and… the rest reside firmly in our Main Collection.
189 SKUs across 83 styles, made using 13 different materials, in 11 different colourways… breath… Made on 16 great fitting lasts, featuring 9 different soles… stats that make this heavy weight collection tough to ignore and easy to enjoy.
Unless you are heading out with your personal trainer, our Main Collection covers almost all footwear eventualities. Referred to by the late and great Peter Reed, a man who introduced Dr Martens to North America and our retired Export Sales Director (shoe dog extraordinaire): “There is only one way to describe the Main Collection, it’s a collection full of Contemporary Classics.” And since Peters sad passing, we have added the Black Editions, Ultimate Winter Boots, the Unstructured Collection and our trio of red soled Ivy League must haves… which Peter would have been queuing up with the ‘punters’ to buy! Anything for a comfortable sole, hey Peter!
Don’t for one second think that there is any less care and attention that goes into producing our Men’s Main Collection, we simply raise the bar ever further and apply some finer, more traditional, touches to our Hand Grade Collection. More to come on that in a few weeks.
The ‘Main Collection’ of Crockett & Jones footwear encompasses a broad range of classic and contemporary styles for men. The assortment of leather and rubber-soled shoes and boots are constructed with durable uppers from the finest European leathers including: aniline calf, suede and country grains. This collection presents a wide variety of choice for business, formal and casual wear. Lasts are carefully designed to produce the best possible fitting characteristics; whilst a range of round and chisel toe shapes are offered to suit different aesthetic tastes.
Our shoes are not inexpensive items, but in a time when a new ‘rather popular’ phone is over £700 and gets updated every 3 years (or less) or that new Driver that gets you an extra 10 yards is £400, and gets updated every 3 years (or less)… our shoes absolutely represent value for money. If cared for well, a pair of Crockett & Jones shoes will last decades. Yes, you read that right, decades. Which for a timeless item that gets better with age, really starts to make economic sense.
Each pair takes up to 8 weeks to manufacture in a process involving over two hundred separate operations, following almost the exact same journey around our factory as our Hand Grade Collection. Hand-crafted by the traditional Goodyear welted construction, our Main Collection shoes & boots have an exceptional combination of comfort, elegance and longevity in wear. One of the benefits of owning a pair of Goodyear welted shoes is that you can have them re-soled without damaging the uppers, thereby prolonging their lifespan.
This sustainable and timeless product will never go out of fashion. Buy said shoes & boots comes with a feeling of self-satisfaction and great responsibility to care for them… And if sustainability is high on your purchasing agenda (which it should be), we should probably mention that all leathers used are a by-product of the meat industry.
Smart, Business, Smart Casual or Casual… Our Main Collection features: Oxfords, Derbys, Monk Straps, Loafers & Boots. And every connotation that comes with them: Caps, Brogues, Double, Single, Penny, Tassel, Derby, Chelsea, Chukka… It is great fun building your own collection of footwear, across all seasons, without ever leaving the Main Collection.
Given that this article reaches far and wide we’ll leave you to choose your favourite styles. If we had a few empty shelves on the shoe rack, this is where we’d start: