Thanks, although I didn't do anything but take pictures. Rm Williams, Steve at Nungar, and Sator deserve the props for putting together these chelseas.
Grimslade, I'll try to get some more pictures up as soon as I can.
Btw, has anybody else compared these to other chelseas? Compared to the crockett and jones chelseas at barneys, I think these are a lot nicer. I think the welted lip and the seam below the elastic made the C&J seem a little unrefined in comparison to the FSM.
Quick question: are there any other makes of chelsea boots that are comparable to the RM Williams FSM at a similar price? Should I try anything else before placing my second order?
Hello! Just wondering if anyone has shipped boots from Oz to the UK and what the customs charges are? From what I can work out its 8% import duty plus 17.5% V.A.T. on top, making it almost prohibitive. Have I got this wrong?
A great trove of information; thank you Sator and others who have contributed.
I ordered two pairs of RM's from Barry at Bootsonline a couple of years ago.. Both Yearling Turnouts, one chestnut and one tan. The tan color was MTO. I normally wear a 10 C/D, and Barry recommended a 9 standard width.
They arrived very quickly via DHL and fit like gloves. Customer service from Barry was outstanding in all respects.
These boots are tools for me, as I train horses. They are sturdy but comfortable, and have held up well to abuse. Barry talked me out of the kangaroo leather, saying that it would not hold up to the severe indignities of horse training. My only complaint would be that the Yearling leather is not struck through.
I've had every type and brand of custom boots; nothing compares to RM Williams for fit, comfort, and quality of construction.
RM Williams chelsea boots are really good value in the long run. I bought two pairs in 94 one of which is still regularly used after having them heeled and soled probably 8 - 10 times they just get better with age. It's worth getting rm williams themselves to repair/re heel them evertime if you can afford it ( pricey ) or after 5 years or so if your budget doesn't stretch.
Incidently I can honestly say that the only time I've ever been speechless with the quality of aftersales care was with them in their London store a few years ago. I went in with a one pair that was clearly very used and had been re soled maybe 10 times at local places and I just wanted advice. I mentioned that the heel was uncomfortable due to a nail head protuding and that they had always been like that. He had them sent to Australia to be stripped and resoled completely free of charge ! They were like brand new with teh creases when returned.
Quality boot, quality service.
Btw the brown chelsea boot round toed looks great with jeans.
"Tarmac;663043] Lute, have the elastic sides on yours stretched out at all? A lot of used RMs I see are completely blown out in that area."
My gores have held up very well, despite the horse sweat.
But then, I don't walk in my boots...
Probably the constant flexing of the elastic while walking might wear them out quicker.
RM has the best quality gore elastic I've ever seen.
I would love to find out who supplies this stuff to them.