Updated October 26th, 2016 – For Skyfall’s big finale set in Scotland, Daniel Craig’s James Bond wears the Crockett & Jones Islay boots. You can still pick up the original Islays at Crockett & Jones for about $700.00 (£460.00).
Features wanted for the Skyfall Crockett & Jones Islay Boots
- Higher cut boot with speed lacing
- Black Dainite rubber sole
- Pebbled grain leather in darker brown
- Wing Tips with medallion detailing at toe
I’m trying to keep the options under $250.00 (on sale). But it can be difficult to still find quality leather and construction for less than $150.
Best Option for the Skyfall Crockett & Jones Islay Boots
Florsheim Kilbourn Wing Tip Boot in Brown Tumbled: on sale for $89.90
These have been our best option for a loooong time now. Simply put, at this price they offer a lot of bang for the buck. Regularly priced at $175, the Florsheim Kilbourn Wing Tip has a nicely textured leather, the speed lacing, and a not-t00-aggressive lugged sole. It is lower cut than the Islays. And the burnished toe might not be to everyone’s liking. But the boots are also sitting with 4.5 stars out of 5 after twenty-six reviews. Florsheim has sizes 7 to 14 in stock and offers both regular D and EEE widths.
Just a quick note on the lighter color of the midsole on the Florsheim and a couple of the other alternatives. I’ve used Fiebing’s Sole Edge and Heel Polish to cover the midsole and it worked great. The application from 8 months ago is still going strong and I’ve only needed to do a couple of touch-ups around the toes.
Front BAKER Mens Leather Brogue Derby Boots in Brown: on sale for £35.99
This budget suggestion comes from AJB007 forum member Chriscoop. No word about the construction on the product page. And I’m pretty sure we won’t be getting the best quality leather at this price. But the boots do have some texture and a rubber sole. So for a budget pair that you don’t plan on subjecting to hard use, these could be a good option. Sizing is getting a little spotty.
Stafford Deacon Wingtip Leather Boots in Cognac: on sale for $59.99
Available at JCPenny, they have a full run of sizes in stock. Believe it or not, these boots get a LOT of love in the reviews and over at the Dappered website. Apparently the quality of the leather is higher than anyone has a right to expect at this price point. They even have an article about using shoe polish to improve the look.
Next Brogue Boot in Burgundy: £65.00
A new alternative from Next. Their Brogue Boots in Burgundy are £65.00. Although they’re a lower cut, which some guys may find more comfortable, they do feature the pebbled leather and broguing at the toe. Not a lot of information on website about these. But they do have most common sizes available.
Marc New York Baycliff Boots in Russet/Black: on sale for $99.99
If those Florsheims weren’t ten bucks cheaper, this option from Marc New York would easily be the best budget option. Fully textured leather with a fabric liner and rubber sole. Bluefly is the one selling these. So you may need to sign up and create an account. They currently have sizes 7.5 to 13 in stock.
Sebago Dresden Wingtip Boot in Dark Brown: $66.10 to $190.01
Another option that’s lived on this list for a while now. The Dresden’s styling is a little funkier than the more classic Islays. But Sebago is known for having decent quality at a reasonable price. Amazon has sizes 7 to 13 available. As for the pricing, a 9.5 goes for $101.37, while a size 10 jumps up to $125.00. Thanks Amazon!
Tallsem Corker in Brown Calf: €110,00
Anyone visiting us from Spain? I found these through a great Spanish men’s style forum called Rincón de Caballeros. If you want to practice your foreign language skills, it’s a fun place to hang out. Anyway, back to the boots. Full grain calf leather, Blake stitched construction and a Dainite-like Vibram sole for around $120? Yes please! Seriously liking the look of these. They have European sizes 38 3/4 to 47 in stock. Not sure about availability outside of Spain though.
Clarks Montacute Lord Boot: $111.99 to $160.00
Just a solid, nuts and bolts pair from Clarks. That darker burnishing on the toe isn’t exactly appreciated. But it should blend in with the application of a darker polish and conditioner. They’re coming to you from Amazon U.S. and almost all sizes are in stock. A size 9.5 priced at $136. They also do the same boot in a darker full grain leather, but sizing is running low on those and the look is a little more “rustic”.
Stacy Adams Madison II in Oxblood: $155.00
These ones are very close to the shaft height and color of the Islays. They also feature a more textured leather and Goodyear welt construction. And that’s not very common for under $200. The Stacy Adams website currently has sizes 7 to 14 in stock.
The Investment Pieces
If you’re looking for a slightly more sophisticated take on this boot style, these are worth a look. They come with full grain leather uppers, Goodyear welted construction and a glove leather lining. They also have a leather sole with rubber heel cap. So don’t expect them to offer much grip when the snow finally arrives.
Herring Shoes Hawkshead Rubber-Soled Brogue Boot in Tan Grain: £240.00/$245.00
Pebble grain leather on a Dainite rubber sole, and handcrafted in Northhampton, England. That’s the good. The bad? As you can see from the photo, the color is significantly lighter than the Islays. Some darker shoe polish should help with that, especially over time. But if you’re more interested in getting the right color instead of the pebbled leather, you can check out their Burgh Brogue Boots for the same price. Jumping up in price, the Barker Calder Brogue Boots in Cherry Grain are also worth a look at £295.00.