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New Stockmans in dark tan calf. I will be wearing these a lot. Actually they are replacements coming from chestnut kangaroo (details here, plus bits of the story in previous pages of this thread..) Good lord those were comfortable boots; I can't wait for the new ones to break in. They've got a great shine now like the Macquaries in the back have. Anyways, I'm doing my due diligence posting new boot photos to the RM thread.

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Actually I want to comment on some things which are hopefully helpful: Kangaroo leather is really thin & comfortable but man, is it not a dressy leather (for me). Here's why, for whatever reason I have a knack for creasing my shoes and my old kangaroo boots were extra prone to creasing. It's not that I am sizing wrong. Maybe I walk funny, or need something bespoke. And here is where it's a little more interesting to me - I always thought the Stockman last was fundamentally prone to "gettin' ugly" over time but having the new Stockman boots in calf I've got to say the Stockman's future is looking bright. I still think elastic sides fit and wear better over time, but the Stockman is still one of my favorite lasts. Having worn the new ones frequently over the last few weeks, the creasing is nice and controlled; more smooth than the creasing on my kangaroo Stockmans. Over about 3 years my kangaroo Stockmans had a killer patina, took a great shine, but overall were pretty much only good for casual wear. I don't think this will be the case with the new pair in calf leather.
Point being, hopefully I can help someone make an informed decision next time they are thinking about purchasing a pair of kangaroo boots. I do miss the character of my kangaroos.

Or it's all a fluke. Guess I will see in 2 or 3 years.
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Or it's all a fluke. Guess I will see in 2 or 3 years.

Lets wait and see in March 2015 when you write your review of these pair of RMWs in this forum.

Wear depends on many ways, there is too many varitions to account for. Each has a habit and its hard to pinpoint one thing to another.

The most important thing is comfort first before looks and maintenance.
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I'm somewhat interested to ask:

 

I live in Adelaide, Australia not far from the factory outlet, would people be interested in seconds from the factory? I went in last week and you tend to snag a bit of everything, in a variety of widths, for about $240 AUD, which is a nice change from the $360 or so full retail over here in Aus, much less what you guys must pay in the states. If I get enough interest I'm happy to have a look out there this weekend and try and set up some sort of system for overseas people?

 

Glad to see Aus is still making a product lots of people seem to want, by the way. It's nice for a change :P

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Has anyone had to get their shoes resoled? I'm thinking I might need to do that in the next year. Any suggestions?

It should not be difficult to find someone to resole a pair of RMW. Have a look for a local cobbler or maybe use one of the places that offer their services via mail order. It is worth the time to do a little bit of research looking for reviews and recommendations.

I had my gardener boots resoled last year by a local cobbler. No problems and it was great to have some new life breathed back into my age old boots. Should last a good few years yet.
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I've been reading this thread up and down for a while now, but I just can't make up my mind about which RMW's I should get.

 

Much of the reason for this is because of the discussion around the RMW kangaroo subject.

 

I've been thinking about buying two pairs of RMW Craftsmen/Comfort Craftsmen for a while now.  One pair in black and one pair in chestnut/tan/dark tan. A few days ago I actually ended up bidding on a pair of black JL boots on ebay, and won. Anyway, I don't have the challenge of choosing which to pairs anymore, only one. I'm now only looking for one pair of RMWs in chestnut/tan/dark tan.

 

However, a lot of people have been recommending the CC in kangaroo because they say that the kangaroo has a much more "richer look" than the yearling. I've been wanting to try this out, but at the same time i have been skeptical about the kangaroo. At the same time I'm from Norway (Scandinavia), and the weather isn't known to be the best. In the winter there can be a lot of snow, salt and harsh weather conditions. Anyway, therefore I have been thinking about ordering the non-slip composite sole instead of a sewn-welt/screwed leather sole. But, I also have a pair of "Swims Mobsters"  which sometimes can be useful up here North. 

 

So, one of my two questions I can't figure out is which type of sole I should go with. A leather sole looks much more dressier than a non-slip composite sole, but is it worth it when it comes to using the shoes on rainy days? (I've never owned a pair of shoes with leather soles, but can these some times be used in days with a a bit of water on the sidewalk?)

 

The other thing I never manage to decide is which type of leather I should go with, yearling, french veal calf or kangaroo. My mind is changing all the time and I can't decide what to choose. Can someone help me on the way?

 

 

 

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So, one of my two questions I can't figure out is which type of sole I should go with. A leather sole looks much more dressier than a non-slip composite sole, but is it worth it when it comes to using the shoes on rainy days? (I've never owned a pair of shoes with leather soles, but can these some times be used in days with a a bit of water on the sidewalk?)





Just apply Topy on the leather sole(half sole) and you should be fine.

Question .... Has anyone chopped off the pull tap on their RMW ? They annoy the hell out of me. My trousers always get stuck at the back on those ugly pull tabs. And I look like a council worker.
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Just apply Topy on the leather sole(half sole) and you should be fine.
Question .... Has anyone chopped off the pull tap on their RMW ? They annoy the hell out of me. My trousers always get stuck at the back on those ugly pull tabs. And I look like a council worker.

you're pretty new to the shoe game, heh?
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Hi all, 

Just ordered online - a pair of black R.M. Williams - Santa Fe boots, 

Would appreciate some pics and some advice on what to expect when the product arrives. (Comfort, how the boot looks on, ect, ect) 

 

Any reply would be greatly appreciated :) 

 

Thanks, 

Billy Cooksley. 

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Regarding the last photo, I've updated the thread about my cracked Stockmans. I'm pretty happy so far fing02[1].gif
Tan Stockmans in calf on the way.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/258125/rm-williams-are-cracking-am-i-all-alone/15#post_5046929

I had the same issue, the only difference is my boots only last for about 5 months and start being crack already. I'm not sure if I wear them too often, 5 days a week, or I'm just back luck?
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Looks like the Macquaries with the narrow medium toe. Although, I thought the only last that has the E width is the Turnout, with the round toe. Is that what I'm looking at?


sorry for the late response. I honestly have no idea how I ordered them, but you can basically pick toe shapes etc. I think they were a Craftsman, brass screw sole in an E width - because the comfort craftsmen can't be made in the slim fitting.

But I could be wrong! Regardless they are beautiful shoes and I get depressed when I have to wear my other work shoes....
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Originally Posted by SpeedBird View Post

Lets wait and see in March 2015 when you write your review of these pair of RMWs in this forum.
Wear depends on many ways, there is too many varitions to account for. Each has a habit and its hard to pinpoint one thing to another.
The most important thing is comfort first before looks and maintenance.

Agreed. Even considering I do take time and effort to maintain my boots I don't have the experience of owning (let's say) several other pairs for several plus years to give me more perspective on why the leather cracked. All I know is that RM stood by their product and I respect them very much for that.
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I had the same issue, the only difference is my boots only last for about 5 months and start being crack already. I'm not sure if I wear them too often, 5 days a week, or I'm just back luck?

5 months? Not sure what to tell you except something certainly went wrong with your boots... go ahead and add to my other thread if you want.
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Originally Posted by DJackson View Post

Regarding the last photo, I've updated the thread about my cracked Stockmans. I'm pretty happy so far fing02[1].gif
Tan Stockmans in calf on the way.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/258125/rm-williams-are-cracking-am-i-all-alone/15#post_5046929

I had the same issue, the only difference is my boots only last for about 5 months and start being crack already. I'm not sure if I wear them too often, 5 days a week, or I'm just back luck?

Were you conditioning them? Wearing any shoe 5 days a week isn't ideal, but I have done so with my R.M's in the past and they haven't cracked.
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Were you conditioning them? Wearing any shoe 5 days a week isn't ideal, but I have done so with my R.M's in the past and they haven't cracked.

Yes, I did conditioning them, I just have no idea how come they get cracked so quick, not even 6 months. Wrong size, I doubt, I did test in RM store.
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