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post #3211 of 3937
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Originally Posted by MacGuffen View Post

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? smile.gif

I think it would just be a matter of comfort for the wearer as opposed to being structural to the boot. Just put in you own inner sole - whole or partial - as required
post #3212 of 3937

Thanks, Milw!

 

New question: I applied this shoe cream (only in mahogany/chestnut): http://www.amazon.com/WOLY-European-Premium-Cream-BLACK/dp/B0068OZCUA/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_3

 

Is that OK if my goal was to apply a "leather conditioner"?

 

I also have Fiebing´s Leather Finishes with beeswax. Is that for waterproofing or is that a proper "leather conditioner"? It doesn't say on the box. I'm unsure if I'm supposed to apply it over the shoe cream I just put on, or if it's unnecessary now?

post #3213 of 3937

Edit: Weird delayed double post?


Edited by MacGuffen - 4/16/13 at 12:23am
post #3214 of 3937

I have no idea sorry mate. I just use the RM stuff that I got when I purchased the boots. I think it would be very similar to any type of leather conditioner but I can't be sure. It says on the back that it includes beeswax & lanolin. 

post #3215 of 3937

That's alright, Dr P00b. I just bought the RM branded stuff, just in case.

 

If anyone else is in the same position as I was, I tried asking RM Williams directly over e-mail, and this is what they said:

 

"I cannot speak for other brands.  (...)  Our Stockman's polish is all that you need to use when caring for your boots.  This polish already has a conditioner in it and uses Carnauba wax to get a better shine.  You can apply our leather conditioner bi monthly for additional nourishment but if polished regularly it is not needed."

 

and next mail:

 

"(...) Our 100ml conditioner does not [have beeswax].The amount of beeswax [in the large tub of leather conditioner] is negligible and would not have an adverse effect on finished leather.  I suspect it is in there to assist with water resistance.


Re the Blaxland vs Comfort Craftsman it is a personal preference.  The Comfort is the better option in my opinion as I have both.  There is a school of thought that the leather innersole breathes better bu I personally don't subscribe to it."

 

So there it is. They answered rather quickly, which I thought was impressive.

post #3216 of 3937
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Originally Posted by MacGuffen View Post

 

"(...) Our 100ml conditioner does not [have beeswax].

That is weird because on the back on my 100ml RM leather conditioner it says that is contains beeswax.

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Just some R.M. Williams graphics.

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Originally Posted by click here View Post

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

The deal has actually been finalised. L Capital has acquired only 49% and the owner of RM William is still the majority stake holder.


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Originally Posted by milw50717 View Post

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

Quality should not suffer. In fact, it will get better. With LVMH connection and resources, RM Williams will be able to source better leather and equipment.

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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Good for them. Bad for us.

Why would LVMH move down market...

L Capital is not a subsidiary or part of LVMH. L Capital is a mutual fund started and sponsored by LVMH.
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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.

 

No one knows if there will be any price adjustment but I'm quite sure there will be better and more products. Even if they will be a price change, it won't be so soon. At least until next year.

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Originally Posted by Dr P00b View Post

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

Just like all mutual funds, the purpose is to enhance the valuation of the acquisition before divesting it. Therefore, L Capital would have to do a lot of things to enhance the value. Better quality, higher production output, more retail outlets, overseas expansion and etc.
post #3219 of 3937
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Originally Posted by Alvinbmx View Post


The deal has actually been finalised. L Capital has acquired only 49% and the owner of RM William is still the majority stake holder.
Quality should not suffer. In fact, it will get better. With LVMH connection and resources, RM Williams will be able to source better leather and equipment.
L Capital is not a subsidiary or part of LVMH. L Capital is a mutual fund started and sponsored by LVMH.
No one knows if there will be any price adjustment but I'm quite sure there will be better and more products. Even if they will be a price change, it won't be so soon. At least until next year.
Just like all mutual funds, the purpose is to enhance the valuation of the acquisition before divesting it. Therefore, L Capital would have to do a lot of things to enhance the value. Better quality, higher production output, more retail outlets, overseas expansion and etc.

 

Thanks for the clarification.  But typically, better quality and higher production output doesn't go well together.

post #3220 of 3937
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Thanks for the clarification.  But typically, better quality and higher production output doesn't go well together.

I do understand your concern but it can actually be done. Although I am not sure what L Capital will do but if you look at L Capital's portfolio, you can actually see what they have value-added to those brands.
post #3221 of 3937
My overall impression is that the quality of RM Williams has gone down considerably over the last few years. Every comfort edition pair I've seen has had the same issue with the sole splitting off in the front after some time. Spoke to my cobbler about and to him it was a well-known problem.
post #3222 of 3937
It's quality is not high to begin with. 5 years and my yearling craftsman is starting to crack... Very minor but still... Other shoes of the same age are still surviving without any damage.
post #3223 of 3937
I've never had these problems. I better check my 10 year old Bushmans...
post #3224 of 3937
It's a very very minor crack that is hard to picture using camera.

But shoes will crack and dry eventually, 10-15 years. Maybe 20 years, depending on usage.
post #3225 of 3937

Has anyone had experience with R.M. Williams belts? Worth a buy? 

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