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RM Williams Boots - Everything You Wanted to Know

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sator, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. vinouspleasure

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    Any feedback on sending back to RMW for resoling or do they not do that?
     
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    Many apologies for the lengthy delay in response to this (it's been a while since I frequented), but just in case this is still relevant...

    Significantly, in comparison. If you wear orthotics, go with the Dynamic Flex and remove the insole, the 'bigger Craftsman' option just isn't worth it.

    As well, apparently as part of the MTO process, they can also tailor an insole to the exact shape of your orthotics if you so wish (e.g. if you want leather screwed soles). However I'm not sure how practical an option that is for those of us who don't live in Adelaide and don't want to ship expensive orthotics halfway around the world (or across the country).
     
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    They do this, but I haven't had any direct experience doing it. There was a rumour RMW were doing away with authorised repairers in Oz and asking that boots be sent back to the factory for re-crafting. Presumably they received a few complaints about some 'authorised' RMW bootmakers and decided to move it all in house.
     
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    My local store sends them to mr minute whom I don't really trust with my better quality shoes.
     
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    Quote:Apologies for delay, took around 3-4 weeks and the result is great. Will PM you a few pics and highly recommend Nungar.
     
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    ^ Please share with the rest of the thread!
     
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    Looking forward to it NewSydney! Many Thanks.
     
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    For my standard craftsman boots, I sized up a width and used the green superfeet insoles. It's worked very well for several years.
     
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    For those interested, I should clarify this again (said it many pages ago, but it bears repeating): I should add that I am talking about orthotics made by a podiatrist, specifically for your own foot. By their nature and construction, these tend to be thicker than the generic ones that many people add to their shoes, so in many cases my advice may not apply, especially if you use a thin orthotic.

    Mine, for example, are 34mm thick at their highest point (outer edge of the instep), which as you can imagine makes it difficult to just throw them into a shoe and go.

    For particularly thin orthotics or off the shelf insoles, the 'bigger Craftsman' route may indeed work. My advice is to go in store with your orthotics in hand and physically try both methods. If the comfort is roughly the same, the standard Craftsman is a more attractive shoe (IMHO, I like leather soles). In my case, the only way I could get both a comfortable height and appropriate length was to go with the DFC (due to the higher uppers and removable insole).

    However I keep belaboring this point, because in every single RMW store I visited (four) except the original factory store, the salespeople's advice was always the 'bigger Craftsman' route, which I suspect will be the case for most people. The second I went into the parent store, I was immediately told that was the wrong advice and to try the DFC - the comfort difference was massive.
     
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    Just picked up this pair of signatures
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  13. FredAstaire1899

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    Beautiful! Keep them away from the oil heater :).
     
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    The heater has fortunately been unplugged and scheduled for storage!
    BTW, for anyone who is interested, these are in chestnut. The dark tan versions appeared very similar (slightly less dark) but quite a bit darker than dark tan on yearling.
     
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    They are really nice.

    How long did it take for them to arrive?

    I've just ordered a pair of Craftsman Kangaroo in Chestnut, but they're MTO as I sized it at 12.5H. I tried a 12H on in an RM Williams store in Melbourne/Chadstone (Australia) and found it a touch too firm (but not tight) - the staff there suggested I go MTO with half a size larger, so that the boot doesn't experience too much damage over the life of the shoe. This was with my orthotic device inserted.

    This is more or less a test shoe for me to use, if I like it then I'll organise with the factory for a customised version against the orthotic as I go across to Adelaide regularly.

    This is my first foray into proper boots - I'm used to using boots/shoes from Rockport, as they've historically best catered for my orthotics. However, since Adidas acquired Reebok, I feel that quality has gradually dropped off. Searching around and chatting with various Cobblers and Cordwainers has yielded that RM Williams is probably best for me, short of going bespoke shoes (which I fully intend to do when my finances allow for it).
     
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    I'm trying to send a pair of boots back to get re-soled. Any idea how to do that since the store in NYC doesn't seem to be available right now?
     
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    Went to the store and bought them, so no waiting. Initially went to the emporium store but they had a nasty scratch on the back, fortunately Melbourne Central had one so grabbed that. Also got the free crocodile belt offer!
     
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    Hi All

    I'm not sure if my post is appropriate in here or not, one of my friend's company has reciprocal relationship with RM Williams. All of products from RM Williams including boots are 30% off from RRP, if anyone in here is interested, please PM me.

    Please note: MTO boots are not included, and if you are not in Australia, unfortunately I'm not able to ship to overseas at this stage.

    Moderator, please remove or delete this post if this is not appropriate.
     

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