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psa: do NOT order the CC if you live anywhere near ice or snow. after 1 year my soles have become totally smooth and are horrible on ice
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psa: do NOT order the CC if you live anywhere near ice or snow. after 1 year my soles have become totally smooth and are horrible on ice
the same for every leather sole you're trying to walk on ice... Btw, if you mention you're Westpac staff, or know a friend who is Westpac staff, you can get buy a $50 RM Williams gift card for $37 or $33 - i forget, anyway its either a 13% or 17% discount if you then use these gift cards to purchase your boot.
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the same for every leather sole you're trying to walk on ice...
I'm actually not sure about this..a scuffed up leather sole might be better than a completely smooth rubber sole. the vibram topy I had put on my leather soled shoes are certainly better - those have grooves at least. mostly it's just a bit annoying b/c the description of these boots is
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Suitable for harsh weather conditions or where salt is used for melting snow
when really they aren't good winter boots at all. I think you are better off just buying a regular boot and putting a grooved vibram sole on them
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...I think you are better off just buying a regular boot and putting a grooved vibram sole on them

That's exactly what I did. I didn't like the feel/fit of the CC, but standard craftsman felt great. I wore mine for a year on the leather soles and finally decided this fall to add the grooved vibram 1/2 sole. IMO, it doesn't change the appearance enough to outweigh the benefits of a rubber sole for winter. From the side, the rubber sole is virtually undetectable. A leather sole looks nicer, but these topy/vibram soles are extremely thin and very practical if you live in an area that gets snow. I now wear my RMW Craftsman boots year round with no worries at all.


Rubber sole:

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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
psa: do NOT order the CC if you live anywhere near ice or snow. after 1 year my soles have become totally smooth and are horrible on ice

RM's are of course designed for typical Australian climatic conditions. They work just fine in that environment. I wear them all year round here in Sweden except when the winters are like they are this season with lots (I mean LOTS!) of snow - compacted and slippery. RM's soles, leather or CC, just don't cut it. My Vibram soled Meindl hiking boots are my salvation.

Haven't been outside with any of my RM's for almost two months. On the other other hand they're all clean and shiny and ready to go when I head down to Oz in February.

Cheers
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psa: do NOT order the CC if you live anywhere near ice or snow. after 1 year my soles have become totally smooth and are horrible on ice

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Originally Posted by ginlimetonic View Post
the same for every leather sole you're trying to walk on ice...


Exactly. There aren't many shoes/boots that do well on ice. Unless...hmmm...

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post #2707 of 4005
Anyone have a pic of the B456 Kingsvale Comfort Craftsman Lace-Up Boot in suede? I can't find them online.
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Long shot here but can anyone compare their craftsman size to an Alden Aberdeen last size?
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Long shot here but can anyone compare their craftsman size to an Alden Aberdeen last size?

I wear 11D in the Aberdeen, 10G in the Craftsman.

For what it's worth, the RMWs fit me much better in the heel and arch than the Aldens.
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It's time for my third pair of MTO boots (black kangaroo and chestnut Craftsman already here and being loved). Does anyone have a picture(s) or a link that shows as many of the colours as possible? Black, whiskey, chestnut and claret are widespread on here, but some photographs of the tan, dusty brown, biscuit, tanbark etc would be very useful. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by well-kept View Post
I wear 11D in the Aberdeen, 10G in the Craftsman.

For what it's worth, the RMWs fit me much better in the heel and arch than the Aldens.

thanks. this ended up being right for me to. the RM's after 1 year really do fit amazing, they feel like running sneakers.
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thanks. this ended up being right for me to. the RM's after 1 year really do fit amazing, they feel like running sneakers.

My brother has a pair he has worn almost daily for 14 years! He swears they're only get better. Mine were a gift from him four years ago, I wear them in rotation with many other shoes and boots. The RMs could hardly get more comfortable, but he says "just wait".
post #2713 of 4005
I've been chatting to a few mates and we are curious about this question.

Why do you buy R.M.Williams when you can get other boots and clothing instead and often at cheaper prices and less trouble to obtain.

What makes RMW so special?

Is it all about the iconic Australian outback image or are there other big reasons why people buy R.M.Williams?

I've started a Poll over here http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=218277

We are also interested in more detail about why RMs appeal
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You'll find the answer for yourself in the first few pages of this (admittedly very long) thread.
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The Drover boot.
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