SPECTRE J Crew Kentons

Updated December 12th, 2016 – 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

 

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. Now some notes. If you wait on the page on the Golden Fox website, a popup will appear asking you to join their mailing list. Give them your email and you get a 25% discount code you can use immediately. That brings the price down to $89.95. Next, you can also get these at Amazon U.S. for $69.99 to $89.99, depending on your size, plus $6.95 shipping. And last, Golden Fox also has a “factory 2nds quality” version of the boots on sale for $39.99 right now. These ones are only single stitched and the discount code does not apply.

 

Under $50
David Spencer Montgomery Boot: $29.79 to $169.95   

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The color is definitely darker than the Kentons. And they currently only have a 2 start rating. But they do have the brick red sole, they are real suede, and the average price is about $30.00.

 

Nunn Bush Woodbury in Sand: $35.99 to $82.99

J Crew Kentons boot James Bond SPECTRE budget alternative

Or you could spend six bucks more and get a pair with a 4.5 star rating. Amazon U.S. has the Nunn Bush Woodbury with a full run of sizes still in stock. And those with average size feet aren’t getting screwed this time; a size 9 costs $35.99.

 

Under $100
CafeNOIR Ankle Boots: on sale for £46.00

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Yoox is selling these ones. Regular price is £78.00 and they still have a decent selection of sizes left in stock. I have no experience with CafeNOIR, so I don’t really know what more I can add.

 

Dune London Brick Sole Chukka Boot in Tan: on sale for £57.00

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A good suggestion from Steve in the Comments below! Dune makes these ones in Portugal. And even though they’re more of a chukka as opposed to a work boot style, the color of the sole is pretty spot on and the suede comes relatively close. Sizing choices is getting a little low on their site.

 

Under $150
Kenneth Cole New York Lug-Xury Boots in Camel: on sale for $104.99

J Crew Kentons boot James Bond SPECTRE budget alternative

The sole isn’t the right color. And it’s not as high as the Kenton. But the color is a good match and it has the metal eyelets. With the top of the boot covered by the pant cuff, these should come very close to giving you the look you want. Sizes 7 to 13 are available at Macy’s. Remember to always be on the lookout for those codes that can get the price down even more.

 

Berwick 1707 Suede Desert Boot: on sale for €122.53

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One for our friends on the continent! Can’t say I’ve ever heard of Berwick. Or the website “Italist” that’s selling these. Anyone have any experience with either? The Berwicks are more of desert boot/chukka style than a field boot. But, again, we get a suede and sole that are close to the coloring of the Kentons. Sizing is pretty limited.

 

Topman Beige Salvo Lace Up Boots: in sale for £80.00/$140.00

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I am honestly not sure what to make of these. The specs sound decent enough. Genuine suede upper with a leather lining. Natural rubber sole. No word on the construction method used. So let’s assume it’s nothing to brag about. Given that the suede’s a shade too light, and the sole isn’t the right color, and it’s missing the metal eyelets, I’m not 100% sure they’d be my first choice. But, then again, I’m just here to share options.

 

Chippewa Collection 6″ Service Utility Boot in Sand Suede: $149.85 to $299.95

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A made in the U.S., Goodyear Welted boot with a Vibram V-Bar Outsole for under $150? That’s pretty hard to beat! And they’re coming from the very reputable Chippewa. So we can expect a relatively high level of quality. Of course, they’re also missing the speed lacing hooks, the sole and laces are dark brown and they have contrast stitching. Trade-offs gonna happen. Amazon has them in stock, which explains the price range. But the good news the more common sizes (9. 9.5, 10) are going for around $150 at the time of writing. The bad news is the available sizing is a pretty scattered.

 

Clarks Desert Mali Boot in Taupe Distressed: $150.00 on sale for $119.99

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This one is lighter in color than the screen used Kentons, closer to the follow-up Boulder color J.Crew offered a while back. On other hand, they are a higher cut boot, there’s still a full range of sizes available and Clarks is usually known for it’s price to value ratio.

 

The Investment Pieces
Original Chippewa for J.Crew Rough Out Leather Boots in Snuff Suede: $275.00

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A heritage U.S. brand making boots for the company that brought us the SA Kentons. Made in the States, these use a tougher-than-suede “rough out” leather upper. The product page doesn’t discuss how the Vibram sole is attached. But at this price you have to assume we’re looking at a Blake stitch, if not Goodyear welted. Is the suede a little darker than the screen used boots? Yes. Are these going to last you for years to come? If Chippewa’s reputation is anything to go by, then also a BIG yes. J.Crew has sizes 7 to 13 in stock.

 

Thorogood Boots 1892 Tan Kenosha: $280.00

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I was strongly tempted to list these recent discoveries as the “Best Option”. But that price makes it a little difficult to call the Thorogoods “affordable”. Investment worthy? Definitely! The upper is actually a rough out leather. This a full grain leather with the “rough” side exposed. On the whole, it tends to be more durable than straight up suede. Made in the good ol’ USA, they even have the brick red sole. Milworks has the largest selection of sizes.

 

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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