Thanks mate. Yes RMW are great boots; these ones are MTO - chustnut camel leather with a storm welt, based on the Macquarie last. They're good wet weather boots. I did a bit of a write up on them here if you're interested.
In all seriousness, I like Coogee. It has come a long way in the last 15 years or so. The fact Hemmes has opened a joint up there is a good sign it's starting to get really trendy. Not Bondi or Bronte levels trendy - but that's probably a good thing.
Tbh I think you'd look more like a weirdo in a boater than in a Panama hat. Nobody wears the former outside of their Gatsby-themed Xmas party, whereas the latter is ubiquitous here in summer (on men and women), particularly if you live by the beach (well, Bondi at least, maybe not Maroubra...)