Summer is winding down, the days are getting shorter, and our favorite season is just around the bend. The warm, bronzed colors of changing leaves will soon line our walks with the crisp sounds and smells of fall. For those journeys that include foliage tours, craft festivals, and comfort food cook-offs, we have a pair of exclusive collaborations with Crockett & Jones that focus on redevelopment of iconic patterns situated on our favorite function-forward Lasts and Vibram lug sole. Reflecting the hues of the season, we have the new Natural Hurricane Hide Chelsea Boot and Earth Green Suede Chepstow Chukka for those seeking uncommonly cool, standout styles that will become signature wardrobe staples.
Coming in a military inspired pattern and palette with a silky suede finish, the C&J x DR Earth Green Suede Chepstow Chukka presents a fresh perspective on an iconic field boot with an elegantly shaped vamp and shortened quarter in a deeply saturated green Calf Suede with a brown base—produced by one of the UK's most storied tanneries to take on wild weather skirmishes with style. This Chepstow has been pattern matched and formed on the 365 Last designed for the outdoors with a rounded toe and moderate profile. Coming with a waterproof membrane for full protection, this modern, new-vintage boot is accented with antique brass eyelets and a natural leather notched storm welt atop the Vibram Carrarmato “Armored Car” sole—a flexible and functional lug sole that combines high style and tank-like performance.
The Chelsea is one of the most iconic styles Crockett & Jones produces. The brilliance of the design lies in its simplicity—precision craftsmanship reflects inspiration from English Victorian era riding boots, executed to the highest level by this Northampton maker. The cleanly configured C&J x DR Natural Hurricane Hide Chelsea is a two-piece pattern complemented by our treasured Horween-developed vegetable re-tannage using a concoction of oil and waxes that yield a beautifully finished pull-up with patina potential to tell its journeys. Exclusively formed on the 378 Last, our Chelsea has a dress-meets-Munson-based fit that’s a sophisticated shape with comfort and grip. This Chelsea is finished with a dark brown elastic pull loop and a leather storm welt atop the Vibram Carrarmato sole that was originally developed with Pirelli for full off-road utility in a proportional profile.