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Wendy:   I want Oxblood red please!

Conkers footwear facilitator (CFF): You can have any of these colours, you can have different colours for different feet, different colours for different sections of the boot, what would you like?

Wendy: Oh, Oh, OH,   purple, no green, no this electric blue,   no brown.   Oh!   …   um,   Oxblood red please..

Conkers, TotnessI discovered Conkers shoes in the summer of 1986.   discovered after having been sent there by a bouncy student friend from Newton Abbot who’s boots I couldn’t help but admire.   By the time I found Conkers  they were 9 years old and had a small shop at the top of Totnes High street.

They now have a larger shop half way up  Totnes High street. As a student I couldn’t afford the luxury of a well made, durable, easy to repair, natural tree-rubber soled, funky coloured, personalised pair of shoes. I sulked and promised myself that when I had a job I would come back and treat myself.   I’ve had one job or another for nearly 20 years.   This week I went back to Totnes and now I have a pair of boots being made-up to fit.   I suspect I will be back again…   for purple, or green, or…

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3 bits of lovely banter on “facilitated footwear”

  1. Mr London St writes:

    Totnes! So jealous.

    If you happen to pop into Kingsbridge I’ll have some hog’s pudding from Lydstones, the butcher at the top of the hill.

    I’ll make it worth your while. I’ve got money.

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  2. Scarlet writes:

    Do you remember the boots that had rainbows and sunsets painted on them? There was a shop in Glastonbury, or it may have been Shaftesbury – either way, I had the same experience – if I see them again I will buy a pair for the younger me who couldn’t afford them at the time.
    Sx

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  3. Jude Browne writes:

    Came across the ‘Conker’ shoe shop this summer and just HAD to enter. Now the proud owner of a gorgeous pair of boots in green & terracotta. Problem is…..what colour will my next pair be? Lovely comfy boots requiring no ‘wearing in’

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