Originally Posted by dusty
It's ridiculous to lambast CT for not having the same quality as a shoe that costs over twice as much (assuming the eternal CT codes of course). And for the record I'm very happy with my CT chukkas.
If you buy from this website you can get a pair of yearling leather Craftsman for LESS than the price the Charles Tyrwhitt are charging currently. http://www.nungar.com.au
Even if CT were offering their %50 off deal the price would still be highly competitive. Why pay a few bucks less when the difference is heaven and hell? I just ordered a pair of kangaroo leather Stockman jodhpur boots from this website for about $250 USD (including GST - or VAT as it is called in the UK). http://www.nungar.com.au/shop/descri...03.166.249.136
I decided to get them after comparing this and a similar pair of jodhpur boots made by JM Weston in the flesh (about 700 Euros). The JM Weston has finer stitching, and finer leather with much more refined channel stitching, but when you try them on you notice that the RM Williams chisel toed last is much more elegant than the round nosed JM Weston last used in that model. RM Williams mostly uses yearling leather that is still very good and if you order in leathers such as kangaroo and veal calf the differences then fail to justify the ridiculous price difference. I mentioned this forum to Steve, the guy that runs the website and suggested that if he advertised here or made himself known he would sell LOTS of boots here. I also suggested a special offer for forum members but I haven't heard back. If you do buy from Steve may I suggest you all make the same suggestion - if enough people do it he may relent. BTW I am planning to write as definitive a thread on RM Williams boots as I can after much research. I hope to include stuff about the differences in the leathers they offer including special order leathers.