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gotcha, thanks PoP
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Rum? Also got mine the other day. Best colour RMW has IMO.
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yup, rum. it'll keep me content. thinking of maybe a chocolate or mid brown suede in the comfort craftsman and a black macquarie for the next couple of pairs.

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Weird that they seem to ignore the existence of the old store on 60th St.

Glad I already have a collection. Seems likes it's prices up and quality a question mark going forward.
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I'd like some sizing advice on getting a Comfort Craftsman. I read through the sizing guide, and I don't quite fit the it. I wear a 9.5 EEE in AE Strands. Does anyone have any thoughts or any direction on where I can best get fitted? Thanks in advance.

 

Edit: Seems like I'd do fine in a 8.5 Tambo. Not the best but better than any other option.


Edited by DarkDestiny - 9/15/16 at 11:04pm
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Does anyone have a view on the signature craftsman compared to the regular craftsman? I notice that the toe box is sleeker and the leather is obviously different. I can't find any reviews of the signature though - do people think it's worth twice the price?

Searched the thread but can't find much on this. Thanks so much

 

I've got two pairs of regular Craftsmans (Craftsmen?) and a pair of Signatures. I think the answer depends on what you want to wear them for.

 

I would say apart from the French calf leather, I wouldn't say there's a lot of difference, and you wouldn't be able to tell them apart on the street at a glance, unless you either look very closely and know exactly what you were looking for.

 

The toe boxes are similar, but naturally, because they're hand made, there's a little bit of variation even between my own Craftsmans. That said, the French calf leather might polish up slightly more, so may be better for dresswear, though you can get a similar polish with regulars if you're willing to put in a little elbow grease. They are better made, and can see the difference in quality when you look close, but I wouldn't say they're worth twice the price of a regular Craftsman. You're paying for the signature, the brass plaque and the "exclusivity" of the Signatures.

 

I bought the Signatures when they first came out (they were "only" about AU$580 at the time), but they'd certainly be a much harder sell at today's price.

 

If you're feeling flush, and you want the occasional dress boot, then by all means, check out the Signatures, otherwise, for more day-to-day wear you're much better off getting two pairs of regular Craftsmans, alternating between them and ensuring you give them some love.

 

Oh, and if you're in Australia, it might be worth checking out their Seconds stores, the Signatures seem to have a very high reject rate, so there are a lot of Signatures going for much cheaper (I think half price, IIRC?) when I went in to one. And because they've set the bar really high - a lot of the time, they seem to have really small imperfections (like scuffs on the soles or the vamp which you can polish out).

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I've got two pairs of regular Craftsmans (Craftsmen?) and a pair of Signatures. I think the answer depends on what you want to wear them for.

I would say apart from the French calf leather, I wouldn't say there's a lot of difference, and you wouldn't be able to tell them apart on the street at a glance, unless you either look very closely and know exactly what you were looking for.

The toe boxes are similar, but naturally, because they're hand made, there's a little bit of variation even between my own Craftsmans. That said, the French calf leather might polish up slightly more, so may be better for dresswear, though you can get a similar polish with regulars if you're willing to put in a little elbow grease. They are better made, and can see the difference in quality when you look close, but I wouldn't say they're worth twice the price of a regular Craftsman. You're paying for the signature, the brass plaque and the "exclusivity" of the Signatures.

I bought the Signatures when they first came out (they were "only" about AU$580 at the time), but they'd certainly be a much harder sell at today's price.

If you're feeling flush, and you want the occasional dress boot, then by all means, check out the Signatures, otherwise, for more day-to-day wear you're much better off getting two pairs of regular Craftsmans, alternating between them and ensuring you give them some love.

Oh, and if you're in Australia, it might be worth checking out their Seconds stores, the Signatures seem to have a very high reject rate, so there are a lot of Signatures going for much cheaper (I think half price, IIRC?) when I went in to one. And because they've set the bar really high - a lot of the time, they seem to have really small imperfections (like scuffs on the soles or the vamp which you can polish out).
Ah interesting, thanks. I'm in Sydney. Do you know if/where there are any outlet stores here and how frequent/infrequent the sales are? Thanks so much
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I live in London but frequent Brisbane where there's an outlet on the Gold Coast. I believe there's one in Sydney in "The Stables" near Olympic Park. Apart from that Google is your friend.

They should have decent stock of them as they're seconds rather than "on sale"
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Prices for the newest models has gone up to £385/€448/$500. I have a pair of RMs and love them but they're into C&J pricing now. Madness, but I still want a pair in that forest green suede

 

 

 

http://www.ahume.co.uk/RM-Williams/Boots-and-Shoes/RM-Williams-Suede-Comfort-Craftsman-NEW/p-75-104-5862/


Edited by Lucido - 9/18/16 at 1:44am
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I live in London but frequent Brisbane where there's an outlet on the Gold Coast. I believe there's one in Sydney in "The Stables" near Olympic Park. Apart from that Google is your friend.

They should have decent stock of them as they're seconds rather than "on sale"

The Stables have closed down in November 2014. Canberra or the Gold Coast is the closet Outlet store in Sydney these days.
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Would anyone have a recommendation as to what RM Williams model/last runs most similar to this John Lobb? I dig the shorter heel and smoother hump in the front.

 

I thought perhaps the Style Forum special but it seems a bit too.. long? Some other options that I'm torn between as well is a narrowed Craftsmen or Macquarie. A bit unsure of the sizing if I were to get a narrower size, my AE size is 9.5D.

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Originally Posted by Shane2208 View Post
 

Would anyone have a recommendation as to what RM Williams model/last runs most similar to this John Lobb? I dig the shorter heel and smoother hump in the front.

 

I thought perhaps the Style Forum special but it seems a bit too.. long? Some other options that I'm torn between as well is a narrowed Craftsmen or Macquarie. A bit unsure of the sizing if I were to get a narrower size, my AE size is 9.5D.

 

I find the RM Williams (well the Craftsman anyway) to run almost exactly true to size. There is a detailed sizing guide on their site where you can measure the length and width of your feet and then pick out your exact size from the chart.

 

http://www.rmwilliams.com.au/buyer-s-guide%3A-men-s-boots/mens_boots_buyers_guide.html

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Comfort All Rounder boots on the left, made of oiled kip leather in brown and with a chisel toe. Comfort Macquaries on the right, made of yearling leather in chestnut and with a round toe.

 

These photos were right after I conditioned the leather of both boots, and the oiled kip leather will not take a shine, as can be seen. A beautiful, rugged look nonetheless.

 

 

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