In our previous article 'The Essentials - Dress Down', we highlighted a few styles that tick a slightly more casual box for the times of today. That saying, it would be short-sighted of us to overlook that our core business remains. and ‘ordinary’ life continues. Businesses are open, (some) offices are in use, weddings are being celebrated and there is still, without a shadow of a doubt, the need for more formal footwear.
At Crockett & Jones we never shy too far away from our roots. The Oxford stands tall (well, just below your ankle bone!) as one of our best sellers, alongside our classic Pennies and double Monk Straps. The highest quality European calf brings elegance and finesse to all business essentials when called upon regardless of its shape or size! We present to you our choice styles to dress up this season, starting with our iconic double monk, Lowndes.
A style that is no stranger to any Crockett & Jones customer, Lowndes, our cap toe double monk shoe is the perfect alternative choice for any Oxford wearer. Set on the 348 last, Lowndes boasts a strong square toe on arguably one of the most important lasts Crockett & Jones have developed in recent years. We have chosen our Dark Brown Burnished Calf colourway with a traditional single leather sole to dress up this season.
Sydney, our ever-popular penny loafer on last 341, is up next. Available in Black Calf with both single leather and ‘City’ sole options, Sydney is a style that you should not be afraid to pair with a suit for the office or even the formal occasions you may be lucky to be attending this season. We love and recommend our Sydney loafer so much that we currently offer nine different versions, with G fittings, suedes and on our ‘City’ and leather soles.
Even though the more casual minded of us may believe a boot, especially an elasticated Chelsea, is not formal enough for the office. We disagree. Our Chelsea 8, on 341 last, will not only become your go to boot, it will also keep your ankles warmer during the winter months! Shod on our flexible rubber ‘City’ sole for practicality and comfort. It is not to be overlooked.
Belgrave in Chestnut Antique Calf, a popular classic punch cap Oxford from our Hand Grade Collection. For when you want to add some colour into your formal wardrobe, the rich colour tones of our Chestnut Antique Calf is the perfect solution for a change up from the traditional black Oxford. Lasted on our Hand Grade 337 last, deemed a forward thinking last of its time, Belgrave offers a soft square classic toe with our channelled stitched bark tanned leather soles.
The second loafer is the well-worn Boston in Black Cavalry Calf in our classic penny loafer offering. On the shorter 314 last, Boston sports a ‘high walled’ rounded toe, complimenting this penny loafers American roots. Available in multiple colourways, this is a style that can add a level of sophistication to a formal outfit this winter.