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Ankle Boot Porn! Here are mine, show me some of yours?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Soph, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Soph

    Soph Well-Known Member

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  2. skalogre

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    I must get some RM Williams I think.
     
  3. thinman

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

    This is where I purchased mine.


    I've been considering a special order from them, since the additional charge seems modest and I could get a Craftsman with cuban heel and screwed on, composite sole for tromping through slush, beer & pretzels, etc.
     
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    I've been considering a special order from them, since the additional charge seems modest and I could get a Craftsman with cuban heel and screwed on, composite sole for tromping through slush, beer & pretzels, etc.


    --- For the money they are very nice, the veal is their finest leather, however, it isn't as durable. The Tan is very nice as the color is superb with jeans. Great go anywhere boots and definitly have a nice understated, masculine feel. I think you would love them, and you definitly will wear them.
     
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    New Schuberts in this week, my only ankle boots:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Soph

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    New Schuberts in this week, my only ankle boots:

    [​IMG]



    -----Great color!!!
     
  7. mbloom

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    I love all types of boots, but my collection has recently focused on sleek ankle boots [pics when I get my digital camera working...). I have black Ferragamo rounded toe lace-ups, Louis Vuitton Cycliste boots (a low version of the Asprey City boots: cognac tapered wholcut laceups with a buckle on top), and my Sutor Mantellasi ankle buckle boots in antique graphite (more or less a jodphur style).

    Next on the list is a higher lace-up with at least 10 eyelets/hooks, and even a pair of Beatle boots from Beatwear.
     
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    I am glad you posted these pics. I was planning on ordering two pairs of the Craftsman next week. Thanks! Gene
    I love boots and owe a fair few of them. I can't show them as I am in NY city right now but I can tell you that for the price RM Williams really give you a ridiculous amount of bang for your buck. They are an RM Williams speciality and so they do a far better job of making them than the vast majority of flashier labels I am finding here on 5th and Madison Ave. Firstly they are Goodyear welted - hand welted to be more precise. Too many labels reserve Chelseas for cheaper lines for some reason and these are often blake constructed. Secondly, you have a wide range of options to choose from. You can get them made with the chisel toed last, narrow medium toed last (a little bit pointy toed without being too exaggerated), Tanami last (like the narrow medium last except a fraction more round toed), or the more round toed original or medium toed lasts. The wide toed last has a form similar to the EG 202 last. In fact nearly all of their lasts are extremely elegant and compare favourably to C&Js or even EG lasts. Thirdly they use good quality full grain leathers. This is a refreshing constrast to the likes of Loake (including those they make for Charles Tyrwhitt) which all too often use corrected grain leather. If toughness and durability are what you are after I would recommend kangaroo leather (they are as common as rodents in Australia and not endangered). In fact is that the only Chelseas I have seen so far here in New York that come anywhere near managing to match - and indeed do surpass - RM Williams are the range produced by John Lobb. Even then RM Williams provides far greater choice in their standard RTW range of Chelseas. Now that I own a couple of pairs of Allen Edmonds I am in a better position to advise on converting the Australian/UK sizing to US sizes. The following is RM Williams' own conversion scale that I have previously posted: [​IMG] An A&E size 8 in the number 5 last is a tiny fraction (maybe about 1/8'' or less) longer than an RMW size 7 in the chisel toed last. However the standard RMW G width is wider than the standard A&E D width, and thus fits more like a US E width. The narrow medium toed last is predictably a tiny fraction narrower but the RMW G width in this last still surprisingly fits much like a US E width as I suspect it may be a bit longer. As far as heels go I was surprised to find that the block heel is really quite elegant. I feared it would look to fashion forward but they seem to suit the Yearling made with its sleek narrow medium toed last. In fact the Yearling looks really quite dressy and remarkably understated. Still the Craftsman would be my first recommendation but I for one plan to get a pair of Yearlings as well. Cubans heels really are too fashion forward for my taste as is the square toed last. Hope this has helped!
     
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    Sator,
    Thank you very much for the informative post. This helps me quite a bit with the sizing and the differnet models etc... I actually PM'd Soph in regards to sizing. Thanks[​IMG]

    Also are they cheaper in Australia than say an online vendor? The reason I ask is my Sister lives in Freemantle. If it would be cheaper to have her pick them up for me, this would be a viable option.

    Gene
     
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    Sator, Thank you very much for the informative post. This helps me quite a bit with the sizing and the differnet models etc... I actually PM'd Soph in regards to sizing. Thanks[​IMG] Also are they cheaper in Australia than say an online vendor? The reason I ask is my Sister lives in Freemantle. If it would be cheaper to have her pick them up for me, this would be a viable option. Gene
    They are much cheaper online. For standard retail pricing and their full range see the RM Williams website: http://rmwilliams.com.au/home.asp If you really want to try before you buy there is an RM Williams store in New York on E. 59th St off Madison Ave. Otherwise the next closest is the store in London. For a full list of store locations see their website.
     
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    I just bought a pair of R.M. Williams Craftsman boots from Orvis at 50% off their original price of $350, less a 20% off coupon I had from them, so $140 +shipping and taxes. Not sure what sizes are left, but its worth checking as they are significantly cheaper than ordering from Australia.
     
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    I just bought a pair of R.M. Williams Craftsman boots from Orvis at 50% off their original price of $350, less a 20% off coupon I had from them, so $140 +shipping and taxes. Not sure what sizes are left, but its worth checking as they are significantly cheaper than ordering from Australia.


    From the Orvis Web site? I don't see them there.
     
  13. kali77

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    From the Orvis Web site? I don't see them there.

    I don't see them either[​IMG]
     
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    What is the fit like on RM Williams boots? Are they true to size or do you go up/down a half or whole size? Are they comfortable?
     
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    Sator, thanks for your extensive post, including the sizing information.

    Soph, I think my first pair of Williams chelseas will be black. I know it's boring, but I already own brown boots, including brown chelsea boots.
     
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    Thanks. I wonder why they're hidden...

    It's a good price. Too bad they don't have wide widths... [​IMG]


    Actually, they are no longer available. Bummer.
     
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    Actually, they are no longer available. Bummer.

    Some sizes are still available. Unfortunately, they no longer have my size, a US 12.
     

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