Crockett & Jones Islay: The Icon In-Depth
Posted By the Robert Old Team | 14th September 2023
If you are looking for the ultimate boots for handling all weather and terrain, while still looking stylish and elegant, you should be considering the Crockett & Jones Islay boot. This Islay is a full brogue derby boot sporting a wing tip design and bold punching detail, made from the finest scotch country grain calf leather. The Islay boot forms part of the Men’s Main Collection from Crockett & Jones, a renowned English shoemaker that has been producing high-quality footwear since 1879. Crockett & Jones has been a focal point of the Robert Old footwear collection for decades.
The Islay boot is not only a handsome and sturdy boot, but also a versatile one. It lends itself perfectly for casual outfits, such as jeans and sweaters, and also with more formal attire, such as flannel trousers and tweed jackets. The dark brown or black color options can match with various tones and patterns, while the scotch grain texture adds some character and depth to the boot. The brown Islay boot features a Dainite rubber sole and a storm welt, which provide extra grip and water resistance, making it suitable for outdoor activities and adventures. The black Islay boot is constructed on the more robust Vibram cleated rubber sole for further traction.
The Islays Characteristics
The Islay boot, (pronounced ‘Eye-Luh’) features a generous fit, thanks to the 365 last that it is built on. This is a round-toed last that offers plenty of room and comfort for the foot. The 365 last is inspired by the classic work boots and walking boots of the mid-20th century, giving the Islay boot a timeless and rugged appeal. Furthering this rugged look are the speed hooks that make for easy lacing.
Trusted By Bond
The Leather Islay boot is not only a great choice for everyday wear, but also for special occasions. In fact, it was worn by none other than James Bond himself, in the 2012 movie Skyfall. Daniel Craig sported the Islay boot in the final scenes of the film, where he confronts his enemy Raoul Silva in the Scottish Highlands. The Islay boot proved to be a perfect companion for Bond, as it handled the rough terrain and harsh weather with ease, while ensuring he maintained his sharp and sophisticated image.