Many a sartorially inclined gentleman will find himself sauntering down Jermyn Street once in a while. The classically well-heeled haven of traditional savoir-faire is home to the kinds of shops that can be dubbed ‘institutions’ with only the barest hint of hyperbole, low-key temples to good British taste. Among those lauded makers is Crockett & Jones which, this year, is celebrating 25 years on Jermyn Street. Granted, it’s not as old as the likes of Floris, but it’s still a milestone worth marking. Doing just that, the shoemaker is revamping two of their core designs, pieces that have been part of their collection since the halcyon days of 1997 (yes, that makes me feel old, too).
Those designs are the Coniston boot and these, the superlatively handsome Cavendish loafers. The tasselled classic is made from Shell Cordovan from Chicago’s Horween Tannery, printed with a hatch grain print for a sumptuously tactile finish. The whiskey colouring is slightly brighter than your usual brown loafers and all the better-looking for it. A solid footwear classic is always worth investing in, the kind where, if taken care of properly, will last longer than your feet. That’s doubly true of the ever-versatile loafer, especially with the warmer months on the horizon (fingers crossed, anyway). Throw in quality leather and you have a piece your besuited wardrobe will thank you for.
Price: £850, available at Crockett & Jones.