I'm very surprised at the dainite. It's grippier than I thought (judging from just a few walks with snow on the ground). While I'm fine wearing shell in rain and snow, I always hated how long it took leather soles to dry.
Couldn't be happier with fit and finish. Thanks to all of you for sharing your information over the years, particularly Crat and CrashTestBrummie, two Brits who's images were especially inspiring here and at Sufu.
Patrick, great choice for your debut pair of C&J! The Islays are a proper cornerstone of my boot collection and they probably get more consistent wear than any other pair I own apart from possibly my Galways in almond country calf. Every other pair takes my fancy for a while and then something else replaces it for a bit but those two pairs are constants and they both look all the better for it, full stop.
And I agree with the less is more approach to boot care; I don't think mine would look half as good as they do if they were babied and polished to within an inch of their life.
(And you know I can't be CrashTestBrummie on here due to length restrictions on names?!)
Did you not see my pair I posted a few weeks ago? I'm wearing mine with navy chinos, petrol blue moleskins and raw denim as they look too black when paired with a non-blue colour. I think they'll fade though as they get more wear.
One thing to bear in mind with the navy Conistons is that the leather used isn't the usual country calf and was selected so that it kept the grained pattern when lasted in the factory. IMHO the leather actually feels slightly brittle to the touch and I even sent mine back to the factory for checking - they came back with the reassurance that the leather was fine and any future problems would be dealt with as appropriate but that they were confident that there would be none..