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It was actually L Catterton, a private equity firm backed by LVHM, who bought RMW back in 2013. They have a reputation for buying under-valued lifestyle brands in order to flip them for a dime. All the Chelsea boots are still made in the Adelaide workshop. The other styles are made in Europe.
You are correct, thanks for clarifying that. I just saw L Catterton and LVMH as part of the same team, since they are a joint venture between Catterton and LVMH, hence the "L" in front of Catterton in their moniker. When I heard they had bought RMW, I thought RMW was eventually going to be absorbed into the LVMH "family" of luxury brands. My impression at the time was that the L Catterton joint venture was formed as a sort of acquisition vehicle for LVMH. I haven't followed them, but from what you said their goal was likely just to buy it and flip it for a profit after expanding global sales and juicing up the bottom line. I think the recent buyer paid $190M for it, but I could never find any public information on what L Catterton paid when they bought it.

Anyway that's all academic now, since their new investor appears to be in it for the longer haul. I suspect that is a good thing for RMW, its employees, and long term customers.

Interesting that the styles other than the Chelsea boots are made in Europe. Are they new product lines that were introduced under L Catterton's tenure? I've never bought anything other than Chelsea boots from RMW, but I seem to remember seeing other styles like taller cowboy boots in their store some years ago.
 

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I want that boot! RMW had it on their UK website in Camel Suede saying it was coming soon but didn't materialise. I phone their Bond Street store to enquire but they were totally clueless.

Anyone in the know?
 

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These look really nice. Looks like a less “sleek” last?
I could be wrong, but that looks like a Gardener boot but with a 270 storm welt. Couldn’t see from the description but also looks like greasy kip leather.
 

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I could be wrong, but that looks like a Gardener boot but with a 270 storm welt. Couldn’t see from the description but also looks like greasy kip leather.
Yes that's a Gardener in greasy kip, but I've never seen that sole. I remember reading on the website they offered some sort of Vibram type heavy duty sole on special order. I'd guess that's it. I have a pair of Alden boots with a special order sole like that. They call it a "commando" option, as if you might see 82nd Airborne paratroopers jumping out of C-130's wearing $800 Alden boots lol.
 

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Hey all!

Question regarding the Rickaby boots. Does anyone have a pair and can compare the fit of them to their comfort craftsmen boots? I'm looking to get some online, however, I am unsure of what size to order.

I currently have a 9H and 9 1/2 G in comfort craftsmen and both fits are great.

Thanks!!
 

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Hey all!

Question regarding the Rickaby boots. Does anyone have a pair and can compare the fit of them to their comfort craftsmen boots? I'm looking to get some online, however, I am unsure of what size to order.

I currently have a 9H and 9 1/2 G in comfort craftsmen and both fits are great.

Thanks!!
Hi mate. My experience with them is/was that their lengths are reasonable similar. I could juuuust feel the tip of my (slightly longer) left foot on both the Craftsman and Rickaby. So that might be a good starting point (being happy with the length of your foot inside your Craftsman. Width isn’t a huge issue for Rickaby with it being a lace up and having ample room up front/height in the toe box. If you’re not near the tip of your sz9 Craftsman I’d probably Be inclined to go that way, but your socks will also be a factor (Rickaby might feel better and/or more ’appropriate’ with a thicker sock I think, so ensure you’re comparing apples to apples there).
All this is of questionable assistance so hopefully someone else might weigh in also. I really dig the Rickaby and have seen it in many awesome colour ways (and leather finishes) over the years. What colour are you looking at getting?
All the best, S.
 

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Hey all!

Question regarding the Rickaby boots. Does anyone have a pair and can compare the fit of them to their comfort craftsmen boots? I'm looking to get some online, however, I am unsure of what size to order.

I currently have a 9H and 9 1/2 G in comfort craftsmen and both fits are great.

Thanks!!
I went TTS 9 for 9. I can wear h with thicker socks on the craftsman, g with thinner socks (same size).
 

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Hi mate. My experience with them is/was that their lengths are reasonable similar. I could juuuust feel the tip of my (slightly longer) left foot on both the Craftsman and Rickaby. So that might be a good starting point (being happy with the length of your foot inside your Craftsman. Width isn’t a huge issue for Rickaby with it being a lace up and having ample room up front/height in the toe box. If you’re not near the tip of your sz9 Craftsman I’d probably Be inclined to go that way, but your socks will also be a factor (Rickaby might feel better and/or more ’appropriate’ with a thicker sock I think, so ensure you’re comparing apples to apples there).
All this is of questionable assistance so hopefully someone else might weigh in also. I really dig the Rickaby and have seen it in many awesome colour ways (and leather finishes) over the years. What colour are you looking at getting?
All the best, S.
I'll be looking to get them in tobacco suede as I already have a couple other pairs of lace up boots that are leather.
 

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Did y'all see the announcement that RMW will discontinue MTO? got an email from boots online....ugh.
 

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Did y'all see the announcement that RMW will discontinue MTO? got an email from boots online....ugh.
Man, I hadn’t heard that! But today RMW ran a bit of a train wreck ‘ask me anything’ via FB, and one of the questions (unanswered at the time) was ‘why have you cancelled MTO. I would also make sense with the reasonably recent ‘Made on Demand’ offering that had me scratching my head until I read your above comment. Looks like they are just going to severely limit the options available on MTO. Not great news hey? Could I ask you share an excerpt from the boots online email with us? Went to their website and to RMW and both must need more time to update them! Ha. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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What's the best place in the US to order the comfort craftsman? I'm hard to fit so I don't want to contend with a return to Australia if I order the wrong size
 

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Trying to decide between the comfort craftsman and comfort turnout. How round/bulbous is the turnout? I typically prefer and lean towards a round toe versus a chiseled toe, but I don’t want or like really bulbous round toes. I’m considering the tobacco and the dark chocolate suede versions. Thanks!
 

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