The Coniston boot, in footwear terms at least, is an unequivocal piece of design. One of our longest serving and best loved boots, this robust higher-leg Derby boot remains one of our all-time bestsellers.
It owes much of this success to its last, the 325. Produced in March 1995, the 325 boasts a medium-round toe that feels quintessentially English in its proportions with increased toe depth. The forepart offers plenty of room for comfort and freedom of movement, particularly if you’re tramping over hills and dales of a weekend. Speed hooks and toe caps add to its unfussy appeal, and the Coniston is routinely finished with chunky Dainite rubber soles, attached with a storm-welt for superior water resistance.
Styling-wise, its simplicity is its strength. The Coniston is perhaps best known in its Tan Scotch Country Grain incarnation, which suits dark indigo denim jeans or chinos perfectly. Our friend and customer @tichoblancoshoes proves the point, with his tan Conistons stomping through an appropriately soggy backdrop with hardy denim jeans. Take note, he’s rolled the jeans up to the boot’s collar just so – we admire the nifty turn-back cuffs, too. Mr @aaron.benstead maintains the Coniston’s status quo with dark raw indigo jeans, likewise turned up with selvedge edges on show. @testulog completes this triumvirate of tan and indigo, with a pair of relaxed chinos styled with slim turn-up cuffs that add a nonchalant note to our sturdy boots.
The Coniston is most at home with casualwear, but thankfully it’s not so overtly ‘country’ that it can’t be dressed up when the occasion calls for it. We think it’s a useful stand-in for brogues or loafers in poor weather, tucked beneath the cuffs of smart chinos or suit trousers. The Coniston in Dark Brown Scotch Grain is perfect for this; the colour is a touch more sober than its Tan cousin. That said, we maintain Dark Brown Conistons are just as versatile, and @brocokid has returned to form with with his pair of tapered, rolled up jeans in – you guessed it – dark indigo denim.
Bringing up the rear is @muddy_fishing_boots, who’s treating his Conistons in Dark Brown Rough-Out Suede to a little dip. The joy of Rough-Out Suede is of course its oiled treatment, which combined with Coniston’s gusseted tongue and storm-welted construction, ensures impressive waterproofing. @muddy_fishing_boots’ photograph's demonstrate just how practical our beloved walking boots can be.
All of which is confirmation that Coniston is rugged and dependable in more ways than one.