Originally Posted by patrick_b
I needed a pair of winter boots, something with a lugged sole and waterproof. I looked hard at another pair of RMW's but in the end, I couldn't pass up the practicality and price of the Blundstones. I went with the original Blundstone 500's in stout brown, a lovely dark, dark, brown.
I think that to an extent is how many Australians see RMs vs Blunnies. To generalise somewhat Blunnies are a workers' /grunge/gardening/casual boot and RMs are the squatters
boot. (I don't think RMs make a steel capped safety boot like Blunnies - I may be wrong)
That said, the first time I fell in love with RMs was seeing aboriginal stockmen
wearing the cuban heels in South West Queensland.
In another way it can be said also that Blunnies are more Southern Oz and RMs more central /northern. Perhaps Blunnies spread from Tasmania where they were originally made over the sea and Northwards.
It's worth pointing out that in certain sub cultures and other places Blunnies are worn almost as frequently by women and children as by men.
The Tap Dogs
manage to capture very succinctly the way Blunnies are worn by men in Australia.
This is the sort of look you still see everyday
in the city and country.