As an aussie, l have too many pairs of R.M.Williams to be able to count on two fingers. All of my R.M.Williams boots are still going strong, even after 20 years. They are long wearing; the soles are really good for wet weather - they don't wear quickly. l have worn mine through mud, snow and heavy rain and they are still in great condition. There is one pair that l never polish, l have punished the hell out of them, they are indestructable, l've had them 19 years. The big problem l have with R.M.Williams is that since the americans took over the company the boots have gone down hill in quality. The leather upper and soles are not of good a quality as they once were. You can get welted or brass screwed soles. The former are dress boots of finer calf leather and are fullt lined. The later is [generally] are unlined kangaroo leather casual/work boots for on the ranch. The brass screwed boots are practically indestructable. Really hardy boots made for the outback in Australia.