Another ‘His & Hers’ featuring ‘The Black Editions’ collection. Coniston in Black Rough-Out Suede was first introduced into our retail collection back in Autumn Winter 2019 as part of our successful second rendition of ‘The Black Editions’, an audacious collection of English footwear, inspired by Japanese style. Along came Jane in Autumn Winter 2021, offering our Women’s collection a choice of chunky Vibram soled styles taking inspiration by our fashion forward Men’s alternatives. Coniston and Jane are two styles not to be missed as outlined below by our two esteemed Guest Authors, Hetty & Aleks.
For Him - Coniston in Black Rough-Out Suede
To well-dressed men, Coniston is as much a household name as is Coleman’s Mustard or Gordon’s Gin, and every bit as British in its sensibilities. Like many of Crockett & Jones’s longest standing designs, the Coniston Derby Boot was originally a hard-wearing country boot, but it’s since become an all-round casualwear staple, and in Black Rough-Out Suede (which is oiled for superior water resistance) it’s as hard-wearing as it is handsome to look at.
A boot like this is markedly rugged, and benefits from similarly rugged styling; whether that means pairing it with washed cords, cargo pants, military fatigues or else worn-in denim. It’s also a boot that you shouldn’t be afraid to put through its paces. Rough-Out Suede is a thoroughly functional material, more than capable of standing up to muddy fields, rocky hillsides and babbling brooks, should you choose to wear these out walking. Coniston’s superior functionality is aided in turn by its thick Vibram Cleated soles and the storm welts that give added protection from the elements. If the thought of raking your brand-new boots through dirty ditches is a bit much, you can rest safe in the knowledge that they’ll more than stand up to pounding pavements on grey or rainy days around town. Just don’t forget your brolly. – Aleks Cvetkovic
For Her - Jane in Black Cavalry Calf
This season it has been all about the chunky-soled boot, some so tyre-like they are most often described as ugly. I actually think the contrast of whatever you wear them with makes the whole look quite the opposite. The chunky trend has been bubbling away for a while, with trainers getting bigger (and ‘uglier’), and generally the androgenous look still being popular. I love it. If I could dress like a man most days, I would. In fact, I do, and the only thing stopping me going the whole hog is my alter ego, who loves a colourful dress and high heels. My natural wardrobe habitat, though, is centred around some tailoring, which I pair with simple loafers, or classic boots. The Jane Black Cavalry Boot are absolutely heavenly examples of my favourite style. I am smitten by their smooth leather, with just the right sheen, and I can imagine them wearing into buttery perfection after just a few outings. They will surely get better and better with age, eventually becoming like gloves (don’t let anyone borrow them) and, although there’s a nod to the chunky trend of the moment, they will endure, remaining ‘cool’ for decades to come. – Hetty Lintell