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post #2296 of 3845
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Originally Posted by bradster66 View Post
I'm curious as to what insoles everyone wears in their boots. Probably varies greatly. I need a replacement pair of the red RM insoles but could just as easily get another type locally. Thanks in advance.

I use Green SuperFeet insoles. My US size is a 11 or 11.5 D. I have relatively wide feet but not wide enough to need wides in US sized shoes.

I made the mistake of trying on comfort craftsman at the Manhattan store (and settled on the 10.5 G/Wide) though when I decided to order my RMW's from Barry/bootsonline, I decided against the comfort model in favor of the standard craftsman (wanted leather sole). Because of this, there was more room than I wanted so I bought the green SuperFeet insoles and all is well. They were actually a bit more snug than I hoped but within a few days of wear, they stretched a bit making them ultra comfortable.

When I bought my second pair of Craftsman, I went with the same formula, allowing me to again use the superfeet insoles. That's how much I like the superfeet insoles.
post #2297 of 3845
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Originally Posted by Oleg View Post
Nah - shorts have to be waaay shorter for the full 'Strayan', surely?

Nah - I'd say the short shorts look is a real cartoonish caricature these days. The long shorts ( or are they short longs) is what everyone's dad, uncle, brother and cousins wear - in the suburbs and in the rural areas too.
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The problem My MTO claret and whiskey Comfort Craftsman boots (12H), have always been baggier across the top. than my store bought black 12H. They should all fit exactly the same. Also, just crossing the road on a rainy day will put pink spots on the claret pair. The solution (I hope) Took the claret pair to the RMW store. They're going to be re-lasted to an accurate 12H. Also, the 'comfort' will be ripped out, like that scene from Alien! I've asked for a screwed leather sole to be put in its place. My reasoning: I can't wear claret in the UK rain anyway, so why not reserve them for drier days. I also can't help with pricing info, as it's all up in the air at the moment. Partly, this is an excuse to see how the screwed sole looks. If it works out OK, I can see myself doing the same again for the whiskey pair. I will of course post pics when they return in 4-6 weeks. However, it'll be hard to know if the difference in fit is down to to just the re-lasting, or the screwed sole as well. Lear (the ugly one)
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Why can't you wear claret in the uk rain?
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
Why can't you wear claret in the uk rain?
Like I said above... pink spots! It could be the polish or conditioner that I'm using (Saphir). It really is quite noticeable though. Even after light rain, the boots get covered in those damned pink spots . Claret is a fab colour. Goes nicely with cordovan (the colour) horsehide jackets.
post #2301 of 3845
Also, UK rain is not the same as USA rain. It's wetter, and a lot more harmful to leather .
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They look a little too round toed for a Comfort Craftsman, which comes as standard with a more chiseled toe. I've only owned the latter. Other SF members would be better placed to identify. By the way, the new RMW Spring|Summer catalogue, has a new exploded diagram of what goes into their boot construction (pages 94-95). Lear
post #2304 of 3845
you're right, perhaps it's the Comfort Turnout?
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Lear, which color do you prefer, whiskey or claret?
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
Lear, which color do you prefer, whiskey or claret?
Throughout this 150+ page thread, you'll find plenty of references to the whiskey colour; less so the claret. My personal opinion: Whiskey is fine for Spring/Summer. Goes nicely with jeans and lighter coloured chinos. Wherever and whenever you wear them, you'll get compliments... guaranteed! If you like to get noticed, whiskey will make you happy. With the occasional application of a slightly different colour + conditioner, they antique nicely. The Saphir yellow will keep them sparkling. If you find this too bright and want to take the edge off, then the occasional coat of Saphir cognac will do the trick. On the other hand, claret is more sober. A richer classier colour. Perfect for the darker months, but harder to vary the colour. I've added some black cream + Saphir Renovateur to bits of the boot, taking away the uniform look. I might investigate other colours (dark blue?). The reddish creams and waxes have a greater tendency to rub off onto clothing, but I have the same problem with my cordovan coloured coat, so nothing new there. Also, as I mentioned earlier, it develops pink spots in the rain. It's possible that the pink spotting is purely down to my own methods of application and polishing. RM Williams make exceedingly nice boots! When I purchased these two colours, they had to be MTO. If this is still the case, you won't be able to simply walk into the store barefoot, then walk out fully shod. Lear
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I'm going to purchase a pair of chestnut Macquaries now, and then a pair of whiskey Macquaries some time in the future assuming I'm pleased with my 1st purchase.

My one concern is getting a whiskey belt that matches the shoes.

Ideas? Does RMW carry such a belt?
post #2308 of 3845
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
these are Comfort Craftsman, right?

Definately not Craftsmen. Maybe turnout but it's tough to tell as there are lots of round toe models.

Whatever they are, are you sure they are the comfort version? They have composite outsoles but is it the special comfort insoles or are they leather-lined?
post #2309 of 3845
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Originally Posted by Trapp View Post
Definately not Craftsmen. Maybe turnout but it's tough to tell as there are lots of round toe models.

Whatever they are, are you sure they are the comfort version? They have composite outsoles but is it the special comfort insoles or are they leather-lined?

I don't know. they are on Ebay and the seller isn't responsive.

the sole looks identical to that on my CC

I think the heel is the same as well
post #2310 of 3845
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Originally Posted by Lear View Post
Throughout this 150+ page thread, you'll find plenty of references to the whiskey colour; less so the claret. My personal opinion: Whiskey is fine for Spring/Summer. Goes nicely with jeans and lighter coloured chinos. Wherever and whenever you wear them, you'll get compliments... guaranteed! If you like to get noticed, whiskey will make you happy. With the occasional application of a slightly different colour + conditioner, they antique nicely. The Saphir yellow will keep them sparkling. If you find this too bright and want to take the edge off, then the occasional coat of Saphir cognac will do the trick. On the other hand, claret is more sober. A richer classier colour. Perfect for the darker months, but harder to vary the colour. I've added some black cream + Saphir Renovateur to bits of the boot, taking away the uniform look. I might investigate other colours (dark blue?). The reddish creams and waxes have a greater tendency to rub off onto clothing, but I have the same problem with my cordovan coloured coat, so nothing new there. Also, as I mentioned earlier, it develops pink spots in the rain. It's possible that the pink spotting is purely down to my own methods of application and polishing. RM Williams make exceedingly nice boots! When I purchased these two colours, they had to be MTO. If this is still the case, you won't be able to simply walk into the store barefoot, then walk out fully shod. Lear
Well, the colour on my claret pair is not as uniform as it first was - I usually use Kiwi Cordovan. Not glamorous, I know, but it works. I have not experienced the pink spot issue.
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