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Hi all,
A newby here, and trying to get my head around C&J Coniston's from here in Aus.
A have the usual RM's and a few pairs of Cheaney shoes and Oak Street Trench boots with leather soles. But I do wear my shoes hard & given its coming into winter here Danite looks the go.
I can get a pair of Conistons here in my size (UK8) if the 325 last is similar to the Cheaney 125 last, but saw a great comparison picture with the Carmina Oscar & now am undecided!
The Oscar can be had in Cordovan hatch grain (Burgundy shell hatch grain, is it really that red as the picture on the Carmina site is unclear?) for not that much more than the Coniston in tan scotch country grain, or the Oscar in Tan Karagrain which looks similar to the Coniston tan for less $.
I usually go with brown boots and thought the Coniston in tan may be a nice change (and I can get it here), and will likely stand up to abuse a bit better.
It just so happens I may be able to get my hands on a pair of the Galway II in Cordovan, but with the leather sole....
Help!
Thanks..
Hi and welcome. I can only vouch for the Coniston; it's a rugged boot that only looks better with use. I have no experience of the other models you mention. The Galway II is discontinued so might be a good idea to pick it up now. You may want to pose this question in the Boots thread also:

 

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Hi all,
A newby here, and trying to get my head around C&J Coniston's from here in Aus.
A have the usual RM's and a few pairs of Cheaney shoes and Oak Street Trench boots with leather soles. But I do wear my shoes hard & given its coming into winter here Danite looks the go.
I can get a pair of Conistons here in my size (UK8) if the 325 last is similar to the Cheaney 125 last, but saw a great comparison picture with the Carmina Oscar & now am undecided!
The Oscar can be had in Cordovan hatch grain (Burgundy shell hatch grain, is it really that red as the picture on the Carmina site is unclear?) for not that much more than the Coniston in tan scotch country grain, or the Oscar in Tan Karagrain which looks similar to the Coniston tan for less $.
I usually go with brown boots and thought the Coniston in tan may be a nice change (and I can get it here), and will likely stand up to abuse a bit better.
It just so happens I may be able to get my hands on a pair of the Galway II in Cordovan, but with the leather sole....
Help!
Thanks..
One thing that might help you decide is how you are likely to wear the boots the most, i.e., in the office exclusively, office and job site, mostly casual use, etc… If you’re mostly in suits, the Carmina last will look more elegant than the Coniston on 325 (although you can get a fantastic shine on Cordovan leather, if needed).

However, for your hard-wearing purposes, nothing will beat the shell Cordovan leather. Despite its premium price point and how easily it shines up, it is the original durable work boot leather, and is unparalleled in ease of care for simple scuffs and scrapes (water is another matter, but also not a huge deal). And if the price for a shell Coniston or Galway II isn’t that much more than the grain leather where you are, it’s an easy choice for me to go with the Cordovan option (I have both, and the difference between the Coniston and Galway is pure aesthetic preference IMO - I find I wear the shell Galway with suits more than my grain Conistons, and wear both equally with sports jackets). I also wouldn’t worry too much about the sole - you should be able to find a cobbler able to add a topy to a leather sole for a nominal cost, or resole to your choice of sole entirely once you’ve worn through the leather…

Another thing to consider is color. I wouldn’t worry about the burgundy being “too” red (although I don’t own this leather from Carmina), as most leathers in that range are still considered “brown.” If you have a lot of (or only) brown boots, you may want to try a different color leather to give you more options. However, I have found the lighter leathers to be harder to pair with most outfits than the darker leathers, and that I consequently wear them less often...

But this is mostly personal preference and options - if you don’t have many boots and think you’ll wear these often with a wide range of clothing, I’d probably opt for the Coniston or Galway in dark brown shell Cordovan (C&J also does this shade better than others IMO); but if you have a few dark brown boots and want some different color options, and especially if you want a more elegant looking shape, the Carmina in burgundy hatchgrain might be an option, too…
 

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He said it’s a Harlech. It’s burgundy cordovan.
Who did and when? The model wasn't mentioned in Crafty's post, hence my question. Apologies if I missed something.

Hi mate it’s a Harlech but made on the 240 last for Peal and Co in America (Murricans!). It’s colour 8 Horween shell.
It's a Harlech, nothing but a Harlech... Thanks, the last/angle threw me off. Looks good!
 

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Who did and when? The model wasn't mentioned in Crafty's post, hence my question. Apologies if I missed something.



It's a Harlech, nothing but a Harlech... Thanks, the last/angle threw me off. Looks good!
Sorry, he mentioned it being a Harlech on instagram.
 

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