SPECTRE J Crew Kentons

Updated February 23rd, 2018 – Daniel Craig’s 007 wore the suede J Crew Kentons during the Morocco scenes in SPECTRE with the Matchless Craig Blouson, the Brunello Cucinelli chinos and belt, and both the Tom Ford polo and the Orlebar Brown linen shirt.

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The original J Crew Kentons are no longer available in this color, although they sometimes show up for sale on Ebay and the fan forums. This model had actually been around for a while. But then Bond happened and they flew off the shelves.

Features Wanted for the J Crew Kentons  
  • Darker beige or sand colored suede
  • Higher cut with speed lacing
  • Brick red sole

So about that brick red sole …. One of the big drawbacks of some of the less expensive alternatives is they go with a “natural” colored rubber or leather outsole. And for some that can be a deal breaker. But there may be a solution.

Warning! DYI Moment!

I did a little research into dyeing shoe soles. And I found that the Angelus Sole Dye Kit ($25.55 plus $7.35 shipping) is available in “Brick”. Which means we can actually change our boot soles to the more screen accurate color! Here’s a video from Angelus showing how the dye works.

I haven’t tried this yet. But I have a Kit on order and I’ll share my experience once I’m done. Now, on to the alternatives!

 

Best Option for the J Crew Kentons
Golden Fox Footwear 6″ Boondocker Boots in Khaki: $119.95

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Goofing around on Instagram pays off! I found these on the feed of Golden Fox Footwear and when I saw the price on their website, my jaw dropped. Double stitched suede service boots with a Goodyear Welted construction for under $120? Sounds good to me! They are unlined, which has its pros and cons, and missing the speed lacing hooks. But the reviews for these boots on the style forums say they’re a solid boot for the price, as long as you keep your expectations in check. You can also get these at Amazon U.S. for $79.90 to $119.95, depending on your size, plus $6.95 shipping.

Update: I wrote a review of the Boondockers almost exactly one year ago (you can read that here). Over the last twelve months, I’ve put the boots through their paces. And I have to say they’ve held up incredibly well. There’s still almost no wear on the soles. The uppers haven’t gone soft or floppy and really kept their structure. And they’ve definitely broken in and molded to my feet. So they’re super comfortable to wear. Overall, I’m very happy with them and have no hesitation in keeping them as the “Best Option”.

 

Under $100
Nunn Bush Woodbury in Sand: $29.50 to $39.96

J Crew Kentons boot James Bond SPECTRE budget alternative

Well the price has certainly dropped on this option since we first listed it in 2015. Although they’re more of a chukka style boot, they do have the brick red sole and the color of the suede comes close to the Kentons. Amazon still has a good selection of sizes left in stock.

 

Jack & Jones JFWBRUCE Boots in Taffy: £59.99

A solid new alternative from Jack & Jones. The suede color is a nice match and the overall styling gives us the look with want. One weakness is the method used for the construction. It’s obviously closer to what you’d see on a pair of desert boots. But in general, I think these could a winner for those of us on a tighter budget. Zalando has European sizes 40 to 46 in stock.

 

Under $200
Supply Lab Jonah Plain Toe Boot in Sand Suede: $190.00

Yes, it’s big jump up in price. But the boots are made in Portugal using Italian suede and a natural crepe sole. So there should be some quality there. And looks-wise, they certainly capture some of that Kenton spirit. However, there is one BIG design difference. And that would be the zipper on the side of the boots. That “feature” will knock these out of contention for many of you. Nordstrom is stocking sizes 8 to 13. Or you can order them directly from Supply Lab.

 

The Investment Pieces
Taft Jaro Boot in Khaki: $250.00

AJB007 forum member (and guy with the best username ever!), Obi Sean Kenobi did a little “out of the box” thinking and suggested this option from Taft. The color of the Jaro’s upper is a great match. And it has that brick red outsole we want. And it’s lined in calfskin leather and uses a blake stitch construction. Sure, it has a captoe. But there’s another, more significant difference. The upper material is actually wool. Which, I have to admit, I think is pretty cool. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to keep light colored suede clean. It can be a pain. So the idea of boot I can wash with a soft brush and some Woolite definitely interests me. YMMV. Taft has U.S. sizes 7 to 12 in stock; no half sizes are available.

 

Rag & Bone Spencer Chukka in Antelope Suede: on sale for $271.99

You want a red Dainite sole? These have got a red Dainite sole. The link above goes to the older version of the Spencer, on sale at 6pm.com. And they’re a pretty good alternative to the Kenton and a solid boot in general. Aside from the brick red sole, they feature a full leather lining and are made in Italy. 6pm.com have sizes 41 to 43 (U.S. 8 to 10) in stock. However, there is a new version of the Spencer available on the rag & bone website. The suede on that version has a more reddish tone and black pull tabs and outsoles. It’s also priced at $495.00. You can take your pick of the two. But I’m kinda leaning to the older option.

If you have some suggestions for great Kenton alternatives, leave them in the comments below. And we also post affordable alternatives and deals from around the net (as well as other fun and informative stuff) on our Facebook page, Instagram account and Pinterest boards!

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10 thoughts on “SPECTRE J Crew Kentons

  • January 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm
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    Golden Fox Footwear 6″ Boon Docker Boots in Khaki (product number SU6335K9).

    Price (factory seconds)
    $39.99USD = $53.00AUD
    Postage
    $29.50USD = $39.10AUD
    Total
    $69.49USD = 93.00AUD
    (Disclaimer. I paid for these boots myself as a normal customer. I was not approached by the company to review the boots).

    After reading the SPECTRE J Crew Kenton’s article on Iconic Alternatives, I decided to order the Golden Fox 6” Boon Docker Boots. I ordered the factory seconds, directly from Golden Fox, as I thought for the price I would not be too disappointed if I didn’t like them, or they were an incorrect fit. And I’m all about the budget alternative when possible.

    The ordering process was easy, I received a confirmation email with a tracking number and twelve days later the boots arrived at my Post Office. Well packaged and included a 20% discount card for my next full priced purchase.

    First impressions:

    Quality: Wow, really wow. Very well made (even though the seconds are single stitched, not double like the full priced ones). Lovely soft leather, good laces. Sole seems to be very rugged, slip and oil resistant.

    Colour:
    I ordered Khaki of course. I would say the actual colour is a little more golden sandy than the picture above. I believe these will darken with wear.

    Fit:
    Perfect US size 9 for me (I have a wide foot). They have a removable inner that you could take out if you happen to find them tight for you. But for me they were perfect.

    Weight:
    Approx. 650 grams – 1.43 pounds EACH boot. Most of the weight is in the sole, which is very rugged.

    Why is it a factory second?
    Each boot has a small mark on the side, less than one centimeter in diameter, where it appears something has rubbed the leather leaving a slight indentation and a darkish mark. I assume that quality control has picked up the fault and the boot does not go for double stitching to save on costs. I could have just as easily scuffed the boot worse than this accidentally by wearing it and I have no problem with the boots I received. The marks do not detract from this pair of boots.

    Pricing:
    Buying US based items from Australia is problematic at the moment due to the low value of the Australian dollar. Even bargains in the US are not particularly cheap after conversion. However, even at $93AUD I think these boots are worth the money.

    Would I buy these boots and other items from Golden Fox again?
    Absolutely.

    Similarity to the SPECTRE boot:
    I don’t own the Kenton’s, so I have to base this off the movie, movie stills and images of the Kenton boots from the internet. As I said, the boots are a light sandy colour, slightly lighter than the actual image on the Golden Fox website (in my opinion). The Kenton’s seem darker and browner in pictures, however, if you look at some stills from the movie, the Kenton’s are quite light (they have probably been aged to simulate the desert conditions), more like the Golden Fox boots. I believe these boots will darken with age.

    Yes, there are no speed lacing hooks, but quite frankly after these hooks have caught on your other boot or other random things as your walking along, your glad to have boots without them.

    Has a brown/reddish sole.

    Overall “look”:
    Perfect with chino’s (khaki’s) and jeans. Dress down with a t-shirt, polo, short sleeve button up shirt. Dress up with long sleeve button up shirt and sports jacket.

    If I was Bond, deployed to a warm climate, these boots would be in my bag!

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  • January 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    Just ordered the Golden Fox Boondocks. They seem to be a great boot. I’ll update after they arrive.

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    • January 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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      Excellent! I have a pair coming for review as well. Look forward to comparing notes!

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    • December 3, 2016 at 9:11 am
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      Good alternative for the Playboy!

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    • December 3, 2016 at 7:49 am
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      Those look good, Steve! I’ll add them to the post for the next update, with credit to you for the find!

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  • October 28, 2016 at 6:27 am
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    I’m quite impressed with the silver Street boots, some nice little touches, and they are relatively light, if like me you have an array of boots to choose from then these should last. After all I paid full price for the sanders and sanders boots and got one season out of them.

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    • April 14, 2016 at 6:43 pm
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      Hi; we’ve been keeping an eye on that one and had it on the list for a while. Sadly, it’s down to a size 14 in stock and it looks like they’ve replaced it with another model. It was a great score when it was on sale with a full size run!

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