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The Waterfront: Sunshine-ready shoes from Crockett & Jones

08 May 2024 | |By Hitanshi Kamdar

Welcome summer in relaxed shoes designed for sunny climes

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Beachy locales are all well and good but there’s something special about a stunning harbour-side destination come summer. Clear skies, ocean breezes, and the promise of lazy afternoons spent relaxing on deck  sound more than inviting. It’s no surprise, then, that Crockett & Jones looked to Croatia, with its plentiful harbours, to serve as inspiration for its new SS24 Waterfront collection.

The heritage shoemaker may be based in Northampton, but having supplied retailers all over Europe for decades, it knows a thing or two about elegant European design. Case in point, last summer it drew on the French Riviera to create polished loafers made with quality British craftsmanship. This season’s Croatian inspiration, meanwhile, yields refined yet relaxed shoes that’ll round out your summer wardrobe nicely.

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So where to begin upgrading your summer shoe collection? The first release from the collection is a refreshed iteration of Crockett & Jones’ beloved Chukka boot: the Bibury.

While any confirmed Crockett & Jones fan is well-versed in its Chukka boots, for the uninitiated, the Chukka is an unlined ankle boot crafted in suede that treads the line between smart and casual. The Waterfront collection’s Bibury is a more informal adaptation of the staple, released just in time for warmer weather.

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The Bibury features the Chukka’s elegant one-piece all-round pattern paired with an attractive facing that seamlessly sweeps across the vamp in a butted seam apron. The key update here, however, is Crockett & Jones’ new wedge rubber sole. Inspired by a classic boat shoe-style sole, it has a sloping wedge design and horizontal tread pattern, lending the shoe comfort, durability, and grip. Rendered in versatile hues, such as light snuff and deep earth green, the Bibury is poised to become your new summer go-to.

Bibury Earth Green Suede

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So how to style the Bibury? Pair them with chinos and a light jumper for a day on the docks, or with jeans, a white tee and bright socks for a weekend in the city. In fact, you might even get away with the polished pair in a more formal setting – with tailored trousers and an Oxford shirt at work or a breezy linen suit for a summer wedding. The options are practically endless.

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