In SPECTRE, Bond’s dress shoe of choice was the Crockett and Jones Norwich in full grain black calf leather. He actually uses these shoes multiple times in the film: during the pre-title sequence set in Mexico City, in some of the earlier scenes in London, and for his visit to Oberhauser’s hide-out in Morocco.
To be honest, the Norwich is a slightly odd choice for a more formal shoe. Most traditionalists would agree that an Oxford, with its closed lacing, would be more appropriate for wearing with a suit. But this model’s sleek lines, minimalist detailing and chisel toe give the shoe a more formal look than your typical Gibson. Call me crazy, but the Norwich reminds me a shark: all business, no fuss. Which makes it damn near perfect for Craig’s Bond.
Features Wanted for the SPECTRE Crockett and Jones Norwich
- 5 eyelet Gibson or Blutcher style shoe (open lacing wiht stitched quarters)
- Black full grain leather uppers with cap toe
- Clean and sleek design, with no brogueing
- Rubber Dainite or Dainite-style sole
Crockett and Jones Norwich: £400.00
For Bond fans, one of the benefits of 007 wearing Crockett & Jones is that they don’t tend to mess around too much with their timeless styles. So we can still pick up a pair of their Norwich model if we’re willing to shell out the $500. Full grain calf uppers with a Dainite rubber sole.
Best Option for the SPECTRE Crockett and Jones Norwich
Gagliardi Black Leather Formal Shoes: €129.00/£125.00 (approximately $160.00)
These aren’t the cheapest alternatives. But Gagliardi’s model comes very close to the styling of the Norwich, with a slightly rounder toe. And in the past, they’ve produce some excellent quality shoes at very reasonable prices. It’s hard to tell from the product page, but I think these ones also use a leather sole with a rubber heel. So maybe not the best for wet weather. However, what really gives these the edge is Gagliardi’s free worldwide shipping program. That can save you $10 to $20 alone.
Florsheim Montinaro Cap Toe Oxford in Black Smooth: on sale for $79.99
Aldo Galerrang in Black: $120.00/£90.00
Florsheim Lawrence in Black: $160.00
Massimo Matteo 5-eye Cap Toe: $165.00
The Investment Option
Herring Burlington Derby Shoe in Black: on sale for £168.75/$172.00
Have a good alternative for the SPECTRE Crockett and Jones Norwich cap toes? Let us know about them in the comments below!