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post #2731 of 3832
Nice post Wrigglez. I've never owned a pair in veal.

Here are my screwed leather soles + Topy treatment (buffed Renovateur, ready to be polished). There's no way I'll be sending back to Australia, just to have the soles replaced. I am aware that this invalidates the RMW warranty. Will simply replace the Topy as needed. I can see no downside to doing this, and don't believe it'll rot the leather from within. Never liked the bulky rim that Wrigglez mentions above. This combination of screwed leather sole + Topy satisfies. As you can see, they add nothing to the bulk, and are only noticeable when crossing legs, or viewed from behind as walking. Plus, you get a boot suitable for year round UK use.





I'll see how it wears.

Whisky CC's are to get exactly the same treatment: just sent off to be re-lasted to the stated size, without the bagginess + screwed leather sole = perfection .

Lear
post #2732 of 3832
Their warning about Topies, and their refusal to resole a boot that's had them is nonsense. It's an attempt to scare you into giving them the resole job. You can replace the sole protector countless times without ever needing to tear the boots apart for a complete resole.
post #2733 of 3832
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Originally Posted by well-kept View Post
Their warning about Topies, and their refusal to resole a boot that's had them is nonsense. It's an attempt to scare you into giving them the resole job. You can replace the sole protector countless times without ever needing to tear the boots apart for a complete resole.

My thoughts as well.

I went to Merrifield's, a few seconds walk from East Dulwich station in south London. Hadn't realized that the bloke is in fact Australian, and had once worked for RMW. He even knew about the RMW screwed sole method, as well as the special machine they use. Not sure he can do it himself though. Check again, as maybe I misunderstood. Anyway, he's a bloody nice bloke, who spent a good fifteen minutes filling me in on everything RMW. Did a very neat job on the Topy.

Found him on the Simon Crompton site here:

http://www.permanentstyle.co.uk/2008...d-cobbler.html

Contrast this with a Timpson employee, who insisted the RMW screwed soles were merely decorative, and that removing said screws wouldn't affect the boots integrity.

Lear
post #2734 of 3832
Hi guys,

I am in Melbourne til the middle of April. Would it be cheaper to purchase the boots here? I read the first post but it's really old now and I assume the forum special and deals the OP put together are no longer valid.

[I am from the US]
post #2735 of 3832
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Originally Posted by sygyzy View Post
Hi guys,

I am in Melbourne til the middle of April. Would it be cheaper to purchase the boots here? I read the first post but it's really old now and I assume the forum special and deals the OP put together are no longer valid.

[I am from the US]

Visit Bootsonline's brick and mortar place:

Boots Online - The Stitching Horse Bootery
Shop TG/6, COMO Centre,
299 Toorak Rd
South Yarra


You have the advantage of a sales-tax refund when you head back home.


Cheers
post #2736 of 3832
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Originally Posted by amce View Post
Visit Bootsonline's brick and mortar place:

Boots Online - The Stitching Horse Bootery
Shop TG/6, COMO Centre,
299 Toorak Rd
South Yarra


You have the advantage of a sales-tax refund when you head back home.


Cheers

Only if purchased within 30 days of departure date. The good/s and sales invoice needed to be presented at the airport for refund.
post #2737 of 3832
Just bought my first pair in NY - Craftsman Black Calf. I really liked the feel of the Kangaroo, but was concerned about durability. Anyway, I wear a US 9D - ended up w/ 8G. Fit very very well in the store. After three days of hardcore walking around in NYC (mostly in other shoes) they felt kind of tight in the vamp area.. I assume they will stretch a little in width and all will be good there. My concern is the goring is also kind of tight, and the back piece of leather gets a little uncomfortable against my left ankle. Is that something that will subside in time?
post #2738 of 3832
Kangaroo is one of the strongest leathers around, so durability is not a concern, ChicagoRon. And yes, it should stretch and mold to your feet with continued wear.
post #2739 of 3832
Good to know, I'm sure it won't be my last pair ever. My durability concern (somewhat from the SA) was about nicks/scrapes (I fly a lot, and have had some shoes get torn up under the seat in front of me). He said because it is thin, it's difficult to buff out scratches if you get them.
post #2740 of 3832
I personally wouldn't be concerned about that.
post #2741 of 3832
Bummer - after reading the beginning of this thread again, I think the thinner leather explains why they were slightly more comfortable, but I do think the calf will be comfortable once it breaks in and I'm happy with the purchase overall.
post #2742 of 3832
Yeah, it should be much better once you've broken it in and it's been able to stretch to your shape.
post #2743 of 3832
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
Good to know, I'm sure it won't be my last pair ever. My durability concern (somewhat from the SA) was about nicks/scrapes (I fly a lot, and have had some shoes get torn up under the seat in front of me). He said because it is thin, it's difficult to buff out scratches if you get them.

I fly just about weekly as well. I've worn my kangaroo Craftsmen a lot this winter. No worse for wear. I'll snap some pics when I get home this week.

This about a year old. Just had a vibram half sole added to the black pair in this image:

post #2744 of 3832
Hey all, I've only worn these boots a few times in good weather and cannot think of any recent trauma to them, but I noticed last night after wearing them that the leather appeared to be "scrapping" off. It flakes off along the crease line and reveals a lighter shade underneath. This cannot be normal, can it? It's the craftsman kangaroo in 10. Thanks. http://img232.imageshack.us/i/photo4ov.jpg/
post #2745 of 3832
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
Kangaroo is one of the strongest leathers around, so durability is not a concern, ChicagoRon. And yes, it should stretch and mold to your feet with continued wear.
Well, I don't agree; two days ago I noticed a scrap/chip on my kangaroo craftsman, which wasn't there in the morning. I've only been riding a bicycle (no kicking rocks or something). I was quite disappointed because I got the shoes exactly because they are apparently the strongest leather. Will post a photo later today.
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