Anglo-Italian just dropped its first shoe collab with Crockett & Jones
Words by Nick Carvell
One of London's most exciting tailoring houses has teamed up with one of Northampton's most famous shoemakers. The result? Ten pairs of seriously impressive shoes...
It’s easy to think of collabs as something integral to drop culture on the streetwear scene, but teamwork isn’t a new concept to menswear – and nowhere is this better seen than at the storied shoe factories in Northampton. These companies have been manufacturing footwear not just under their own name, but for many of the biggest and most influential fashion labels since their records began, all because they’ve got the kind of knowledge and expertise it takes to craft shoes that last (pun intended).
So when we heard earlier this year that Crockett & Jones, one of our favourite Northampton workshops was teaming up with one of our favourite London tailoring houses, Anglo-Italian, we were eager to see the results. Now the shoes have landed in store – and it’s been worth the wait.
The collection comprises five silhouettes split across a total of ten models, with some coming in multiple ‘upper’ iterations and others in solo styles. The silhouettes themselves are the kind of classics that slip on just as nicely with a pair of washed-out denims as they do with a suit: penny and tassel loafers, two Oxfords and a single monk-strap. However, what sets these apart is the clear collaboration between Anglo-Italian’s design lead, Jake Grantham, and the shoemaker – there’s an understated maximalism running through these styles.
Jake Grantham at the Crockett & Jones factory in Northampton
So while the tasselled loafer is detailed with plaited leather embellishment, the shoe is curvaceous and low to the ground. The loafer takes its cues from a last originally developed by the shoemaker in the 1980s with a low vamp, round toe, low toe profile and reduced toe-spring. They’re maximal, yet not ostentatious – and that’s the key to their covetousness and life-long wearability. These aren’t just going to be in style until the next big trend drops, these will become a permanent feature of your menswear armoury.
However, there’s one thing that’s as true of drop culture whether you’re a fan of Supreme or suiting: now they’ve arrived online, sizes are already selling out quickly. Get yourself a pair while you still can, because these won’t be cooling their heels at the Marylebone shop or on the brand’s e-store for long.