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Does anyone here know is the "best" RMW store to go to in Sydney? I'll be there for 2 weeks in January 2020
 

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Yes, I know, this is yet another pair of Comfort Craftsman in Chestnut, but this pair is mine :cool: I just received my pair from Everything Australian in just 4 business days. Great service!
One of the first quality boots I bought Five years ago and still my favourites today. Enjoy!
 

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Does anyone else feel that RM have completely lost their way recently? They're trying harder and harder to become some ridiculous designery company, with the kind of outrageous designs/fashion that you'd see on catwalks, but that no one would actually wear. For example, what is this absolutely disgusting 365 Yard Boot collaboration they're doing? Who thought that was a good idea? They're disgusting.

And this experimental fringe stuff wouldn't bother me if you could still get the more average, casual and wearable choices, but those are going away. They seasonally get rid of any of the really good medium choices of leather and bring in the weirdest stuff. For example, Olive as a colour and yet they got rid of the old Vesta Brown which was their only good medium brown choice. Yes they have the Dark Tan, but that's so reddish. It's not very versatile. The permanent Chestnut is too dark (and a little purple) for casual use. It's a dress boot. I have a custom pair in Rum which is slightly less dark than the Chestnut, but still not as casual as I'd like.

I just feel that they're trying too hard to be some kind of high fashion brand and totally losing touch with their roots and what made them good. And that's disappointing because as an Australian, they're one of the few quality brands we have/had. And now, both with price-point and weird design/colour choices, they're completely abandoning the average Australian who wants to wear some RMs with jeans on the street and not look like they're going tap-dancing or to a semi-formal event.
 

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Does anyone else feel that RM have completely lost their way recently? They're trying harder and harder to become some ridiculous designery company, with the kind of outrageous designs/fashion that you'd see on catwalks, but that no one would actually wear. For example, what is this absolutely disgusting 365 Yard Boot collaboration they're doing? Who thought that was a good idea? They're disgusting.

And this experimental fringe stuff wouldn't bother me if you could still get the more average, casual and wearable choices, but those are going away. They seasonally get rid of any of the really good medium choices of leather and bring in the weirdest stuff. For example, Olive as a colour and yet they got rid of the old Vesta Brown which was their only good medium brown choice. Yes they have the Dark Tan, but that's so reddish. It's not very versatile. The permanent Chestnut is too dark (and a little purple) for casual use. It's a dress boot. I have a custom pair in Rum which is slightly less dark than the Chestnut, but still not as casual as I'd like.

I just feel that they're trying too hard to be some kind of high fashion brand and totally losing touch with their roots and what made them good. And that's disappointing because as an Australian, they're one of the few quality brands we have/had. And now, both with price-point and weird design/colour choices, they're completely abandoning the average Australian who wants to wear some RMs with jeans on the street and not look like they're going tap-dancing or to a semi-formal event.
A little bit, yeah, but it is a better state to be in than never changing. If RM refused to make changes and firmly remained a country outfitter, their country fans would think they were a ripper brand and they'd sell a few Stockyard boots, but they'd also probably be out of business by now because there are a lot more boots out there that are fit for that purpose. I could go and buy a Redback boot for cheaper that will do the yard work just as well as anything RM makes, but I wouldn't be seen dead anywhere nice in them. RM have correctly figured that there are a hell of a lot more customers to be found in cities and outside of Australia that they need to appeal to from a fashion perspective as well, and that is a strength of theirs and they have adapted to focus on it. It seems to be working too, they're still expanding, their marketing appears to be drastically better now, their online ordering experience is much better, the website is new and works better, they have good social presence, and consequently I see RM's more than ever these days around town.

I fully agree the Yard Boot 365 is an ugly failure and an insult to their otherwise impressive adhesion to their heritage as far as the cemented sneaker sole goes, but trying something new with an Aussie designer like Marc Newson and trying to capture a more fashionable market is not a bad thing, it just didn't produce a good product this time. And I bet they know that already and are learning from it. Besides, they still produce the classics. You might not like Chestnut (I also think it's too dark) but it's their oldest and best selling brown so of course they'd keep making it. But, they also offer Rum and Dark Tan as permanent off the shelf options so you have a dark/mid/light option there and there are often seasonal browns as well eg. Kangaroo chocolate, Bovine caramel, probably others. In my opinion, RM has the spectrum covered even without Vesta Brown, and Rum works great with jeans.

Plus, the burnished Chinchilla boots are gorgeous and that's a recent innovation that I doubt anybody from the country appreciated, but you must admit they were a smart move. I'd own a pair if they put bloody comfort inners in them so they're not perfect, but then you've got amazing seasonal releases still coming out like the "Italian" havana suede in this season which I think is the best boot RM have ever made. The Bernard is not for me but probably has a market. The Signature Craftsman is pretty slick. Some of their clothing or accessories lines are pretty nice. No brand is perfect but I still support RM even with all their annoying quirks and the occasional shitty product. (Sorry Marc but your boots really are pure shit...)
 

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+10 to Nungar.
2 day shipping to Melb & with the GST refund on my way home less than $300!
 

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I’m guessing that’s the chestnut next to the Lachlan’s? How does the colour compair in person? Did you go for the same size?
Yes:

Snuff CC, Brown Gardeners (now with Vibram sole)
Lachlans, chestnut CCs

The colour in the pic is fairly accurate. It's a reddish mid-brown on a thick pull-up leather. I put a little polish on them after that pic because they just looked a bit too dull. I think the colour is just perfect right now ... though it has been my experience that pull-up leathers always darken a few shades as they soak-in additional (natural and shoecare) oils. In this case I really hope they don't change at all.

I have 10H Gardeners but all my Craftsmen are 9.5H. For this one I decided to go with 10H to make sure I can wear thick hiking socks with them. So far, I think it was the right choice - but I won't really know until the leather has stretched and broken in a little more.

I can't rave about these boots enough. All the comfort and rugged pavement pounding ability of the Gardener, but with a sleeker shape and colour that will still work in casual environment (like chinos or denim).

Lachlan boots and RMW moleskin pants today:
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Can anyone speak to the differences in feel/wear between the french veal calf, kangaroo, chinchilla, and yearling leather? I'm looking for a more horsehide type leather... I'm a huge fan of shinki leather, but not of horween chromexcel, if that makes sense. Thank you for any help!
 

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