We have compared Crockett & Jones boots to our own in the past, where we pitted the Coniston against the De Winter Rockingham. We found out that the Rockingham was on a par with the Coniston in terms of quality and comfort but was able to beat out the Crockett & Jones boot in terms of price. Will the same happen in today’s comparison? Today we are comparing the Crockett & jones Chiltern against our De Winter Warwick.
Now this blog is not intended to undermine the quality and craftsmanship of Crockett & Jones footwear. They have been in the business since 1879 and clearly know how to produce high quality footwear. However, what we are looking at are the prices and if the name is worth the extra money when you shop at Crockett & Jones.
The Crockett & Jones Chiltern
The Crockett & Jones Chiltern is a classic three eyelet chukka boot. Made on the 224 last that produces quite a narrow E fitting but a medium round toe and generous, but not bulbous, toe depth. Goodyear welted on stud rubber soles for that extra durability and grip. The Chiltern is of course made in England in Northamptonshire, the home of shoe making. The suede is strong and durable, and has a good substance. The leather is water and stain repellent under normal conditions, which helps to retain its nap and colour. The Chiltern is available in snuff suede, dark brown suede and earth green suede. The Crockett & Jones Chiltern retails for £385.00.
The De Winter Warwick
The De Winter Warwick is also a beautifully constructed three eyelet chukka boot. Made in Northamptonshire at the Sanders and Sanders factory who have been producing high quality footwear since 1873. Goodyear welted with rubber soles from the Itshide factory, established 1863. Itshide rubber soles are just as hardwearing and lightweight as Dainite soles. So you can be comfortable in the fact that these Warwick soles will last just as long as a pair of Crockett & Jones. The Warwick is fully leather lined for added comfort and made on the Hurst last. The Hurst last offers an elegant toe shape that no other last from other brands offer, giving the Warwick a truly unique look and style. Like the Crockett & Jones, the suedes of the Warwick is also strong and durable. The De Winter Warwick comes in; snuff suede, snuff waxy suede, polo snuff suede, dark leaf grain, chocolate brown waxed calf, chestnut grain and black waxed calf. The black calf available either with a contrast or non-contrast thru sole. The De Winter Warwick prices at £221.00 for suede leather and £231.00 for waxed/grain calf leather.
Both of these boots are rather special, have fantastic quality and built to last a lifetime. However, the Crockett and Jones Chiltern will cost you £385.00, whereas a pair of Warwick’s will only cost you £231. This is because at De Winter Boots we sell our boots directly to the customer, avoiding any hefty mark-ups.