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.
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
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.
David Spencer Montgomery Boot: $29.79 to $169.95
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
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.
CafeNOIR Ankle Boots: on sale for £46.00
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
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.
Kenneth Cole New York Lug-Xury Boots in Camel: on sale for $104.99
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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