I've owned many pairs of RM's & currently have 6 pairs of Craftsman boots in various types + a couple of the shoes that are made offshore.
Generally the construction of the off-shore shoes are good, but in my opinion, not the same as the hand crafted Aussie made product.
If they're not Australian & not as good, I simply could never justify a $100 - $200 premium on a pair.
I actually recently bought a pair of Kingaroy lace up boots (similar to a Craftsman, with lace up instead of side elastics) as I wanted something different.
I wore them for one work trip & had to send them back. The design of the heel cup actually sliced inwards under the ankle bone, meaning that with every step, it cut into you, leaving quite painful bruises for about a week afterwards.
The great thing is that I only needed to make one enquiry and the RMW staff in Adelaide looked after me immediately and without challenge. I was offered the chance to swap them & I did - for an Aussie made Craftsman boot.
I do appreciate what they are trying to do to expand the range and potential market for the brand, after all you do need to continue to innovate to keep the brand relevant. I just think they've completely underestimated the value that their customer base places on the whole 'Aussie heritage' thing.