RM Williams Boots - Everything You Wanted to Know

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  1. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    This is pretty damned good advice.

    It makes commercial sense for RM Williams to advise its customers to alternate between boots.


    It is, but it also enables your boots to be as long lasting as possible. When you're spending $300+, there's nothing wrong with wanting your boots to last as long as possible.
     


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    It is, but it also enables your boots to be as long lasting as possible. When you're spending $300+, there's nothing wrong with wanting your boots to last as long as possible.

    That's not even the primary issue for me. Not only do I want my boots to last as long as possible, I want them to look as good as possible. If you wear the same shoes every day without resting them, they will look like sh1t in very short order.

    Stuart
     


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    It is, but it also enables your boots to be as long lasting as possible. When you're spending $300+, there's nothing wrong with wanting your boots to last as long as possible.

    Im still wearing my very first pair i brought, Dark Tan Craftsman which costed me something like AUD$180. Mind you it gets re heeled every year, have had the soles replaced twice now, and the elastic sides replaced once. As long as you keep weekly polishing the leather. It will last a long time, mind you the leather is now as soft as tissue, and they feel so wonderful on, i sometimes need to look down to see if i really have shoes on. With the polishing, the shine on the toe area reflects like a mirror at times.
     


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    That's not even the primary issue for me. Not only do I want my boots to last as long as possible, I want them to look as good as possible. If you wear the same shoes every day without resting them, they will look like sh1t in very short order.

    Stuart


    Exactly right.
     


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    Im still wearing my very first pair i brought, Dark Tan Craftsman which costed me something like AUD$180. Mind you it gets re heeled every year, have had the soles replaced twice now, and the elastic sides replaced once. As long as you keep weekly polishing the leather. It will last a long time, mind you the leather is now as soft as tissue, and they feel so wonderful on, i sometimes need to look down to see if i really have shoes on. With the polishing, the shine on the toe area reflects like a mirror at times.

    They are the finest thing authentically Aussie that you can buy IMHO. I've never met anyone that did not like them.
     


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    That's not even the primary issue for me. Not only do I want my boots to last as long as possible, I want them to look as good as possible. If you wear the same shoes every day without resting them, they will look like sh1t in very short order.

    Stuart


    Have you considered leaving them in the shop and stopping by periodically to gaze lovingly at them?

    lefty
     


  7. TheWraith

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    Have you considered leaving them in the shop and stopping by periodically to gaze lovingly at them?

    lefty


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    Have you considered leaving them in the shop and stopping by periodically to gaze lovingly at them?

    lefty


    I can gaze with satisfaction at mine every day because they're in so good shape. Better actually than those on the shop shelves.

    Cheers
     


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    Quick question - how do you use the saddle dressing? Just rub it in and buff with piece of cloth?
     


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    Quick question - how do you use the saddle dressing? Just rub it in and buff with piece of cloth?

    Yes though it contains mink oil I think which worries me...
     


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    Anyone know if it's possible to get a MTO Craftsmen or MTO Turnout in the brown color that the Drover comes in? I don't like the darker brown that the regular Craftsmen comes in or the lighter Whiskey as much and I think the brown would be that perfect in between color.
     


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    hi all, great thread. I am a nice shoe newb, looking to buy my first pair of > $150 shoes, and these seem like a great value. I am actually looking for boots, and (I think) have settled on the Chelsea look for something that looks classic, nice/versatile in a number of situations, and will be in style for years to come. Sound about right? I will be wearing these boots to work/out in fall/winter/early spring, which means I'll be wearing them with jeans and nicer wool/wool blend trousers. I won't be wearing them with suits. for this purpose, which color is more versatile, a black or a dark brown? for charcoal pants black obviously works well, for brown pants the brown, and the jeans..I guess it depends on the shirt/blazer I will be wearing? I'll be looking to get the most use out of these as for me it's a big purchase. finally, I live in a Northern city with salt/snow/some rain, so I'm gonna want something that will hold up to inclement weather. it seems like these comfort crasftman fit the bill. 1 question is the toe - is a chisel square too less "classic" than a round toe, or is it simply a matter of preference? again, I want something that will look good in 5 years, or whenever the boots give up. how would that compare to the comfort turnout should I even be looking at boots without the following attributes? # Sewn welt non-slip composite soles with flat heels # Suitable for harsh weather conditions or where salt is used for melting snow knowing myself I won't be careful enough to not wear the boots when the ground is wet/salty, or clean them carefully/often, so I want something harder wearing thanks!
     


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    Here are some photos of my wife's RMW The Yearling boots. Apologies for the crappy pictures, but I'm no photographer.
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    hi all,

    great thread. I am a nice shoe newb, looking to buy my first pair of > $150 shoes, and these seem like a great value. I am actually looking for boots, and (I think) have settled on the Chelsea look for something that looks classic, nice/versatile in a number of situations, and will be in style for years to come. Sound about right?

    I will be wearing these boots to work/out in fall/winter/early spring, which means I'll be wearing them with jeans and nicer wool/wool blend trousers. I won't be wearing them with suits.

    for this purpose, which color is more versatile, a black or a dark brown? for charcoal pants black obviously works well, for brown pants the brown, and the jeans..I guess it depends on the shirt/blazer I will be wearing? I'll be looking to get the most use out of these as for me it's a big purchase.

    finally, I live in a Northern city with salt/snow/some rain, so I'm gonna want something that will hold up to inclement weather. it seems like these comfort crasftman fit the bill. 1 question is the toe - is a chisel square too less "classic" than a round toe, or is it simply a matter of preference? again, I want something that will look good in 5 years, or whenever the boots give up.

    how would that compare to the comfort turnout

    should I even be looking at boots without the following attributes?

    # Sewn welt non-slip composite soles with flat heels
    # Suitable for harsh weather conditions or where salt is used for melting snow

    knowing myself I won't be careful enough to not wear the boots when the ground is wet/salty, or clean them carefully/often, so I want something harder wearing

    thanks!


    Chisel toe is classic.

    No suits = No black. Get brown yearling or kangaroo leather.

    Get the Blaxland. It's sleeker than the Comfort Craftsman, and there's more room in the toe box (no extra insole).

    Clean them regularly. Wipe them with a damp rag and use a brush to remove salt and dirt from the welt stitching. Also, keep a layer of wax on them. They will last a lot longer than 5 years.

    Thanks,

    Stuart
     


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    Chisel toe is classic. No suits = No black. Get brown yearling or kangaroo leather. Get the Blaxland. It's sleeker than the Comfort Craftsman, and there's more room in the toe box (no extra insole). Clean them regularly. Wipe them with a damp rag and use a brush to remove salt and dirt from the welt stitching. Also, keep a layer of wax on them. They will last a lot longer than 5 years. Thanks, Stuart
    thanks! I went shopping today and got similar feedback (that dark brown can be work with anything but black pants). it looks like the Blaxland comes only (standard, anyways) in Chestnut...but I kind of prefer the Claret. thoughts on that? which color is more versatile you think? would the Blaxland do as well in winter as the Comfort Craftman? actually on bootsonline I see:
     


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