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post #91 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
And lastly, when I walked through the door, the first thing the Australian Sales Associate said to me was that the boots are not water-proof, and that RMW strongly urges against waterproofing them, as the leather needs to breath. Now Im not sure if this is so much hocus-pocus sales-talk (I'm sure even Kenneth Cole would insist his leather is so fine that it needs to be sung to at night), but if there is truth to it, it's probably worth noting.

Nice writeup. So, what to make of this for those of us living in the land of snow and sleet?
post #92 of 3818
My Chestnut kangaroo Craftsman shoes arrived yesterday afternoon. After applying conditioner and polish to them last night, I wore them to work today (no suits at work for me).

So far, they feel pretty good. This is my first pair of boots as well, so it is certainly a different feel then shoes. I think I will need to work on the polish a bit, to see if I can get a better shine, but so far, I like them.

I am a 8.5D AE size, and got these in 7.5G, and they fit, but I think I could even have gotten a 7G without a problem.
post #93 of 3818
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Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
Nice writeup. So, what to make of this for those of us living in the land of snow and sleet?

I just received a pair of black MTO Comfort Craftsman boots with a cuban heel. I wear a US size 12D and the Aus 11G is an excellent fit. On the bootsonline website, the rubber-soled Comfort Craftsman is billed as "suitable for harsh weather conditions or where salt is used for melting snow", so I would find it hard to believe that it's not waterproof, but time will tell.

Now, for the sad part of my tale. I wear orthotics designed in part to align my back by moving my pelvis back. The cuban heel is higher than I normally wear, and pushes my pelvis forward, countering the orthotics. Rather than suffer constant back pain when I wear the boots, I plan to sell them on the forum. I _am_ impressed enough that I'll buy another pair with a block heel. Anyone interested in buying can PM me with an offer (I tried them on, on carpet, but they're otherwise unworn). If I get no reasonable offers here, they'll go to the Buying & Selling Forum and thence to the 'bay. Pictures and descriptions of the Comfort Craftsman and the cuban heel are here:

http://www.bootsonline.com.au/default1.htm

Mods: Sorry if this violates protocol. If so, please delete paragraph 2 of my post and I'll post in Buying/Selling, as planned.
post #94 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Garfieldthecat
My Chestnut kangaroo Craftsman shoes arrived yesterday afternoon. After applying conditioner and polish to them last night, I wore them to work today (no suits at work for me).

So far, they feel pretty good. This is my first pair of boots as well, so it is certainly a different feel then shoes. I think I will need to work on the polish a bit, to see if I can get a better shine, but so far, I like them.

I am a 8.5D AE size, and got these in 7.5G, and they fit, but I think I could even have gotten a 7G without a problem.

Impressions on the leather?
post #95 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Sator
I have seen kangaroo on boots and it looks reasonably coarse and grainy to me. So I was rather surprised to read this.

my "patent pleather" dig was probably misleading. The kangroo definatly has some nice texture to the grain, it isn't flat or manufactured looking, it just had a sheen that seemed to clash with the thin feel of it which made it strike me as "cheap".
post #96 of 3818
My Craftsman from STP also arrived yesterday. I got the black. I wear an AE 8D and ordered the 7G. They fit great. My only qualm is that the toe is a little more square than I would have liked but I'll get used to it. I'm happy with the purchase.
post #97 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
my "patent pleather" dig was probably misleading. The kangroo definatly has some nice texture to the grain, it isn't flat or manufactured looking, it just had a sheen that seemed to clash with the thin feel of it which made it strike me as "cheap".

It's certainly an unusual textured leather. I noticed it looks a lot different depending on which colour you choose. I like the chestnut a lot more than the black. Also I find that RMW leather changes quite a lot after you polish them a few times - for the better, as the character of the leather comes out. Anyone out there owned RMW 'roo leather boots for a while?
post #98 of 3818
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Originally Posted by skalogre
Impressions on the leather?

It's a bit grainy, like Sator said. I agree that a bit of polishing would help, and since mine are new, I will need some time to wear and polish them a few times. They are definitely a soft leather, so it's comfortable.

I'm off on a business trip over the weekend, and I'll try to take some close-up pics of the leather next to my other shoes when I get back.
post #99 of 3818
Wow...

I guess I'm the only one who got the "oil resistant" rubber sole on their craftsmans... weird.
post #100 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Hartmann
Wow...

I guess I'm the only one who got the "oil resistant" rubber sole on their craftsmans... weird.

Well, mine still haven't arrived. Tomorrow, supposedly. What color were yours?
post #101 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Hartmann
Wow...

I guess I'm the only one who got the "oil resistant" rubber sole on their craftsmans... weird.

Mine have oil resistant soles. Stamped right on the bottom.
post #102 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Mark_Y
Mine have oil resistant soles. Stamped right on the bottom.


Rubber, or leather?
post #103 of 3818
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Originally Posted by grimslade
Rubber, or leather?

I hope this isn't a question you frequently ask.
post #104 of 3818
In case anyone cares, I will be returning a pair of 11.5 G in Black.

I am keeping the 11.5 Gs in tan, although I am also happy with my 11 G in Chestnut from Orvis. The 11.5s don't seem that much longer, but they are a bit wider, however slightly thicker socks seem to remedy that problem.

BTW, has anyone tried antiquing the tan?
post #105 of 3818
hey, for those of you that got black, what are you going to be wearing them with? they seem too casual for suits so i'm not sure what i'd wear them with. dark jeans? maybe as part of a business casual outfit? or maybe something to dress up for nights out? i'm debating on whether to return mine or not...

-Jeff
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