When Bond laced up his Crockett and Jones Highburys that morning, he probably thought he’d only need them for casually observing the interrogation of Raoul Silva. But when the threat level escalated in Skyfall, they seemed to serve him well for running all around London and a scenic drive to Scotland. You can still purchase the Highburys from Crockett and Jones for £385.00.
Features wanted for the Skyfall Crockett and Jones Highbury shoes
- 3 eyelet derby or gibson style shoe in black leather
- Slightly chiseled toe box shape
- Dainite style rubber sole
- Quarters to vamp stitching is straight
Best Option for the Skyfall Crockett and Jones Highbury shoes
Not the cheapest option we’re going to look at. But they’re still almost a third of the price of the C&Js. Plus, they’re a three eyelet model and the stitching where the quarters meet the vamp comes close to the design of the Highbury. They do have a leather fore sole, but it’s pretty easy to add some Topy rubber soles if you want. Goodyear welted and all sizes are in stock.
Clarks Amieson Walk in Black: on sale for $96.77/£64.17 – £80.00
A two eyelet model, the quarters of the Amiesons have the more common curved style. However, we do get a pretty close toe box shape and rubber soles for under $100. Those of you in the UK can find them at Amazon, where a size 9 goes for £66.84.
Giorgio Brutini Modus in Black: on sale for $97.99
Okay, let’s start with what’s not working on these. They have that broguing around the top. It doesn’t look like there’s a ton of space in the toe box, so if you have fat toes like me, the Modus probably won’t fit well. And they’re only a two eyelet model with partial leather soles. But … they are a more European styled shoe with the almost straight up-and-down quarter stitching that matches the Highbury. It’s always about the tradeoffs, folks!
Johnston & Murphy Hartley Plain Toe Derby in Black: on sale for $129.90
These are no longer available on the Johnston & Murphy website, but you can find them on sale at Nordstrom with almost all sizes still in stock. The toe box is definitely the more bulbous American style. But they’re a three eyelet model and the quarter-to-vamp stitching doesn’t have the more aggressive curve we commonly see.
Gagliardi Black Polished Leather Derby Shoes: on sale for £128.14 (about $165.00)
Well, hello there! I’ll state the obvious: these have the curved quarter stitching and a more squared off toe than the C&Js. But we’re not even close to early 2000s Kenneth Cole territory and guys with wider feet might appreciate the extra room. PLUS they’re made for Gagliardi by Loake and they’re Goodyear welted. Sizes 40 and up are in stock. Lots to like here for around $165.00.
The Investment Option
You could make the argument that it’s better to just save up for the original Highbury. But then again, £170.00 is a fair chunk of change. And so, while we are stuck with curved quarter stitching, the Loakes do offer a lot of bang for the price. Goodyear welted, made in the UK, and a full leather lining. Available at Herring Shoes. And if these are a little too rich for your blood, you can try the Loake Drake Derby Shoe for £165.00. They’re a slightly more casual style made in India, but still have the Goodyear welted sole.
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