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post #3196 of 3784
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Originally Posted by TKCSA View Post

Some information that I thought might come in handy for those of you who, like me, wear orthotics and are thus usually limited by your shoe choices.

After visiting five different RM Williams stores in Sydney and Adelaide, I have discovered the following:

Every salesperson I spoke to suggested that I get the standard Craftsman, but take the size up by 1/2 - 1 size in order to accommodate the orthotic (in my case, this was a full size). This...kind of works, however do not do this.

My search eventually took me to the R.M. Williams Outback Heritage Museum and store in Prospect (the original factory) and the first thing the salesman there told me was that this was not the advice I should have been given. Instead, the Dynamic Flex Comfort Craftsman is the model to go for. It has a removable inner sole, and the height of the upper is 2-3mm greater than the standard Craftsman in order to accommodate that.

As a result, it is a matter of simplicity to remove the inner sole and insert my orthotics, while keeping the fit of the rest of the boot perfect for your foot. Having now tried it and experienced the difference between that and the 'bigger Craftsman' solution, the end result has been a perfectly fitting, very comfortable boot (instead of what I can now feel was definitely a compromise solution). Yes, you're stuck with the combination rubber/leather sole, but you can always get the boots MTO (which you will probably have to do anyway if you are going for the veal) or do what I will do, which will be to simply get the sole replaced with a leather screwed sole when resoling is needed.

Great advice. I actually put Superfeet Black insoles in my Mallees. I've yet to do this with my Dynamic Flex Craftsmans, as they're quite comfortable as is. However I'm considering it after running around London all day for several days on the DFCs and finding myself more fatigued.
post #3197 of 3784
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post


Great advice. I actually put Superfeet Black insoles in my Mallees. I've yet to do this with my Dynamic Flex Craftsmans, as they're quite comfortable as is. However I'm considering it after running around London all day for several days on the DFCs and finding myself more fatigued.

 

To this I should add that I am talking specifically about orthotics made by a podiatrist, specifically for your own foot. By their nature and construction, these tend to be thicker than the generic ones that many people add to their shoes, so in many cases my advice may not apply, especially if you use a thin orthotic.

 

Mine, for example, are 34mm thick at their highest point (outer edge of the instep), which as you can imagine makes it difficult to just throw them into a shoe and go.

post #3198 of 3784
Video of a master cobbler resoling a pair of old RM Williams boots. Found it strangely interesting to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB0RK2DAr0U
post #3199 of 3784
Thanks Click Here. Interesting stuff. Wish there was a video of the work being done inside RM Williams factory, Australia.

Lear
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Speaking of Orthotics and boots: I am still looking for a pair of "beater dress boots", that is, a pair of boots that would not look out of place with a suit, but can be worn for long periods of standing and walking, and unlike my RMWs, would be somewhat expendable. Rather a better version of the Blundstone 063, preferably with a less square toe. The ability to take insoles along the line of Superfeet Green being a plus. 

 

Anyone have suggestions? Mongrel? Baxter Patrols? Ariat?

post #3201 of 3784

Hi!

 

I'm new to the whole quality shoes thing, so bear with me.

 

I bought my first pair of RMW, and while I was happy with the fit and feel of them, I got a scuff mark on the toe area already on my second time using them. I didn't bump into anything, no one stepped on me, nothing.

 

So I was wondering, does this mean the coating/finish is of bad quality, and I should return it, or does this happen all the time and people just cover it up with shoe polish?

 

Sorry if it's a silly question, but I spent 400 pounds on these and therefore I get a bit paranoid. :)

 

 

Thanks!

 

PS: What shoe polish and leather conditioner would you recommend apart from RMW's? They are not sold in my country (Norway), as far as I know.

 

 

 

 

post #3202 of 3784

It means that when you did in fact bump or kick something, you did not notice. That happens with a rigid toecap sometimes. 

 

Any quality polish should work so long as it's not the oiled leather. 

post #3203 of 3784
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

It means that when you did in fact bump or kick something, you did not notice. That happens with a rigid toecap sometimes. 

 

Any quality polish should work so long as it's not the oiled leather. 

I know it's a basic question, so thanks for answering!

 

Sorry, english isn't my first language, what do you mean by "so long as it's not the oiled leather"? Is the "oiled leather" a specific area on the shoe? Is it a typo? I bought a can of shoe-oil and spray.

post #3204 of 3784
If it's the smooth, shiny leather, you want to use a cream or paste polish. If the finish of the leather is oily and matte such as for waterproofing, then you want to use the Stockmans dressing or something like it.
post #3205 of 3784
AUSTRALIAN iconic clothing and boot maker RM Williams has fallen into foreign hands, with French luxury brand giant LVMH Group believed to be close to finalising a deal to purchase the 81-year-old retail company.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/shoe-fits-rm-williams-snapped-up-by-lvmh/story-fn91v9q3-1226619460172
post #3206 of 3784
Good for them. Bad for us.

Why would LVMH move down market...
post #3207 of 3784

So by the sounds of it, I should hurry up and pull the trigger on a few pairs, before the inevitable price 'adjustment'...or change to more 'cost effective' construction techniques.
 

post #3208 of 3784
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

If it's the smooth, shiny leather, you want to use a cream or paste polish. If the finish of the leather is oily and matte such as for waterproofing, then you want to use the Stockmans dressing or something like it.

Much obliged! Sounds like Stockmans dressing is what I'm after.

 

By the way, are there any advantages to not having the inner comfort sole on the Blaxland, as opposed to the Comfort Craftsman which does have it? I'm wondering if I made a mistake buying the Blaxland, my feet get pretty sweaty in them, and the ball at the base of my toes get a bit beaten up.

 

Does the lack of inner comfort sole maintain the shape of the leather better? I mean, what is the point of the Blaxland anyway? :)

post #3209 of 3784
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Originally Posted by TKCSA View Post

So by the sounds of it, I should hurry up and pull the trigger on a few pairs, before the inevitable price 'adjustment'...or change to more 'cost effective' construction techniques.
 

Hmmm, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

post #3210 of 3784
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Originally Posted by Dr P00b View Post

Hmmm, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Hopefully, quality will not suffer and prices will not rise. Please ....... Fingers crossed !
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