RM Williams Boots - Everything You Wanted to Know

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    Just back from a week in Oz. Found time to visit RMW's cradle: 5 Percy Street in Prospect, a North Adelaide suburb. The visit cost me. I fell for a pair of chestnut Macquaries (B555) with leather soles. I take a 9.5 H in my Comfort Craftsman (B543) but the Macquarie only comes in G widths as RTW. The 9.5 G fit like a glove.

    The sales guy, Kevin, gave me a lesson in leather care. I was wearing a pair of CC and he could see that I had been using a polish with too much alcohol in it. He pointed to a slight scaling effect in the leather. He then showed me his own that that very day had come back from re-heeling. The yearling leather was absolutely beautiful, so soft and smooth. He told me that he used RM's Leather Conditioner about once a month and RM's polish when needed.

    Needless to say I stocked up on both products and will have a busy week or two ahead of me redoing my collection. Will waive posting pics until I'm done.

    Finished off my visit by buying a plaited, kangaroo leather belt. Amazing quality.

    Cheers
     
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    Anyone have instructions on how to use the rm williams saddle dressing. Seems stupid but curious about how much to put on, how long to leave on, brush off v. wipe off? Polish? How often...thanks
     
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    Anyone have instructions on how to use the rm williams saddle dressing. Seems stupid but curious about how much to put on, how long to leave on, brush off v. wipe off? Polish? How often...thanks

    ** I use Saphir Dark Brown cream and wax on my chestnut yearling craftsman boots. I use it whenever they're looking less than fantastic. And then they look fantastic again. Simple.

    Stuart
     
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    Can anyone comment on current pricing from Nungar? I asked Steve a little while ago about special pricing for forum members, and he told me that was a thing of the past [​IMG]
     
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    ^^^ nungar set me up with a pair of veal craftsmans for the voucher price, thats what he offers.

    i only use the leather conditioner (it was originaly called saddle dressing but they changed the packaging) i dont use polish because i prefer a less shiny finish, i wrap a piece of cloth around my finger and much like you would with polish just rub the conditioner all over the boot concerntrating mostly on the creases where your foot bends to avoid the creases eventualy cracking, i leave it on over night and in the morning i rub over the whole boot again with a fresh piece of cloth to remove excess. doing this after every wear and leaving the boots for a whole week after wearing them, i hope to have my boots last me forever.

    regards,

    AMCE, wheres the mock crock pics?? welcome back to OZ too.
     
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    I got my whiskey craftsman mto's a week or so ago, finally got around to wearing them today and I already put a little scuff on the toe haha. Fit is great and I love the screwed sole, we'll see how they look after a few wearings and conditioning/polishings.
     
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    AMCE, wheres the mock crock pics?? welcome back to OZ too.

    Thanks. I only spent 7 days in Oz, back in Sweden again. Will try and get the pics done this weekend.

    I like a little more shine so I'll be polishing (with RM's product) and using the conditioner maybe once a month. I have the same goal: these boots are gonna last me the rest of my life. My only problem will be deciding on what pair to have on when I end up in the box!

    Cheers
     
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    Thanks for this Wrigglez. Any chance of getting the exact price, and let me/us know if they were MTO or not? PM is fine if you don't want to post it publicly.

    Thanks again,

    Stuart


    ^^^ nungar set me up with a pair of veal craftsmans for the voucher price, thats what he offers.

    i only use the leather conditioner (it was originaly called saddle dressing but they changed the packaging) i dont use polish because i prefer a less shiny finish, i wrap a piece of cloth around my finger and much like you would with polish just rub the conditioner all over the boot concerntrating mostly on the creases where your foot bends to avoid the creases eventualy cracking, i leave it on over night and in the morning i rub over the whole boot again with a fresh piece of cloth to remove excess. doing this after every wear and leaving the boots for a whole week after wearing them, i hope to have my boots last me forever.

    regards,

    AMCE, wheres the mock crock pics?? welcome back to OZ too.
     
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    um, nungar charged me, i think, $372 inc posting, for MTO french veal calf craftsmans. it's in the 'voucher price' section.

    if he says you dont have a voucher, PM me and i'll post you a voucher as i have 3.

    regards,
     
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    Thanks. I only spent 7 days in Oz, back in Sweden again. Will try and get the pics done this weekend.

    I like a little more shine so I'll be polishing (with RM's product) and using the conditioner maybe once a month. I have the same goal: these boots are gonna last me the rest of my life. My only problem will be deciding on what pair to have on when I end up in the box!

    Cheers


    me conditioning every wear is a little excessive i know but i do love those boots. for me i'll be wearing my pair 6ft under for sure :p

    what was the polish you previously used with to much alcohol in it? was it kiwi? and the rmw polish tin is tiny isn't it?
     
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    what was the polish you previously used with to much alcohol in it? was it kiwi? and the rmw polish tin is tiny isn't it?
    Yes, it was Kiwi. I was shocked to say the least. I've used Kiwi all my life. No mention of alcohol is made on the tin. Just "a unique blend of natural waxes and genuine vegetable turpentine". Furthermore it is said to nourish the leather. RM's tin gives no clues as to the contents. But they recommend it in conjunction with their leather conditioner to help preserve and nourish the leather. Kevin at the Prospect shop stressed that the polish was just that: polish. Not a nourisher. Both brands contain 50 ml. RM's cost AUD 9.95 minus about 10% sales tax refund at the airport. Bootsonline charge AUD 8.00, shipping not included. I can get Kiwi for about AUD 7.00 here in Sweden. Have no idea what the RM products cost here as I live a long way from a retailer. Leather conditioner ("that contains a special mix of natural Australian ingredients. Includes beeswax and lanolin..."), 500 ml, cost AUD 19.95 minus 10%. You live and learn. Cheers
     
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    Turpentine is a form of alcohol, is it not?
     
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    Turpentine is a form of alcohol, is it not?

    It is certainly a solvent but chemically speaking no, it is not an alcohol.

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    I was confusing it with methylated spirits. My bad.
     

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