Chances are you’ve heard there’s a new Bond film on the horizon. You might have seen something called No Time To Die mentioned once or twice. Maybe you even caught wind of the fact that this is set to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007. And if, like us, you’ve started a countdown to its 12 November release date akin to Christmas, you might also have noticed that Bond is wearing some rather swanky news shoes in the latest film stills.
After all, Bond’s style is one his greatest appeals. Doing away with the nondescript trench coats and face obscuring hats of his predecessors, Bond’s most enduring legacy will undoubtedly be the addition of the tuxedo to the spy style cannon – and no great black tie look is complete without the right pair of shoes.
“The tuxedo is the most iconic of the James Bond wardrobe looks,” says No Time To Die’s costume designer, Suttirat Anne Larlarb. “The finishing touch to the tuxedo is, of course, the right pair of shoes. A shoe will finish off any look and make it perfect from a visual standpoint.” So who does Bond run to when in need of some fine leather-soled lace-ups. Crockett & Jones, of course.
Having worn its designs in both Skyfall and Spectre, this year 007 once again turns to the British brand for the finest footwear and, to the return the favour, Crockett & Jones has created a brand new style in homage to cinema’s most stylish spy. Aptly named the James (pictured top), this limited edition shoe is based on the house’s classic Last 348 and crafted using black box calf and leather linings sourced from Europe’s finest tanneries.
Inspired by Crockett & Jones’ wholecut Oxford, which has previously been worn by Daniel Craig as 007, the James features the 007 logo on the sole and comes in an exclusive presentation box complete with chrome shoe horn, shoe brush and handmade shoe trees all also bearing the 007 insignia. Available from 9 October, put the date in your diary now as they’re guaranteed to sell out fast.
Of course, no man can wear dress shoes all the time – especially when a typical day may include infiltrating an enemy hideout or narrowly escaping from a hide speed car chase. So eagle-eyed viewers will also notice two further pairs of Crockett & Jones shoes showcased in No Time To Die.
The first, the Highbury, is a classic calf leather Derby finished with Crockett & Jones’ hard-wearing City rubber soles. Versatile and easy to dress up or down, we imagine this is the perfect pair to pack when you’re not quite sure where Her Majesty’s Secret Service might take you. The second, the Molton, is a more rugged design inspired by the military and sporting heritage of the timeless chukka boot. Warm enough to protect against the elements and made with a robust rough-out suede, they’re Bond’s shoe of choice for an eventful trip to Norway. Can’t wait to get your 007 fix? Then you’ll be pleased to know both the Highbury and the Molton are available to buy now.
“Bond is known for his perfectly elegant comportment in all situations and in No Time To Die, Crockett & Jones’s shoes are very much a part of that equation,” continues Larlarb. “What separates a good custom make from a perfect one is a question of having the time to achieve that perfection and we were steps ahead with Crockett & Jones’s already perfect lasts. They were able to provide for us exactly what we needed and without a hitch.”
Crockett & Jones x No Time To Die
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