Stories / August 2019

New Crockett & Jones Exclusive for The Rake

Three new styles of boot have been launched exclusively on The Rake just in time for the impending autumn months. Which pair will you choose?

There is a reason British shoemaking brand Crockett & Jones has endured for so long - 140 years to be exact. Established in Northampton, the heart of England's shoemaking industry, the family-run manufacturer has existed through three centuries, two world wars, an industrial revolution and the digital age, and is still beloved as one of the country's foremost footwear brands. Its longevity comes down to consistency: there is an unwavering dedication to quality and style, and the brand holds the same aesthetic, ethos and approach to fine shoemaking as it did when James Crockett and Charles Jones first founded the business.

Crockett & Jones' unparalleled commitment to craftsmanship has once again been evidenced with a brand new trio of boot styles that the The Rake is delighted to offer exclusively on our online store. The Harlech, Chelsea VIII and Brecon styles have landed just in time for the seasonal transition, as we pack away our sand-filled sandals and espadrilles and reach for sturdier, more practical pairs of shoes that will keep our feet warm, dry and protected from the elements. Not to mention supremely stylish.

Handcrafted from the highest quality leathers according to meticulous standards, all three of the new boots are quintessentially Crockett & Jones, but each is a unique style with distinct offerings:

The Harlech is crafted in a straight-cap derby style from Burnished Calf leather with Dainite rubber soles and a storm welt. A classic Derby boot, it is fully lined with a high leg, lending it durability and promising decades of wear. The Brecon is utterly versatile: made from the finest Pebble Grain leather and Dainite rubber soles with a storm welt, it is perfect for casual occasions paired with washed denim or more formal affairs worn with tailored separates. Finally, the Chelsea VIII is a take on the classic and ever-timeless Chelsea boot, a perennial staple that will never go out of style. Crockett & Jones' iteration is made from calf leather and handstitched with pavement-friendly rubber soles, featuring 'V' shaped side elastics.

Whilst usually we would lament the winding down of summer, this selection of boot styles has us eagerly anticipating the cooler months ahead and the many opportunities they will present to integrate boots into our everyday attire.

The only question is... which pair will you choose?

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Aobh O'Brien-Moody