RM Williams Boots - Everything You Wanted to Know

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  1. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    I have two pairs on the way. Macquerie and Tamworth both with brass nailed soled made in yearling leather.

    I didn't know they made the Tamworth (the Cuban heels right?) in yearling leather. I thought they were only available in unlined oxhide?..
     


  2. Biscotti

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    Do you have any Yearling boots, on the basis of which you could compare the leather quality? I've debated whether it would be worth it to get another pair, but in French veal...


    The veal leather is a bit more soft and "plasticy" for lack of a better word. I have had both in my hands. I would think though that the veal leather will crease much more than the yearling, which is why I choose the latter.
     


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    Got my veal craftsmens. pics just out of the box. from nungar, great service, cheers.
    Interesting! It looks like those boot trees are curved to match the vamp of the boots. Very cool..may I ask if they're the split toe type?
     


  4. Biscotti

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    I didn't know they made the Tamworth (the Cuban heels right?) in yearling leather. I thought they were only available in unlined oxhide?..


    Yes, but one can get them made in any leather by having them made to order. If you wanted you could even go Veal Calf, but the difference between veal and yearling is around 100 AUD.

    I'm pretty excited about these!
     


  5. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Ah yes, so you can! Does it cost more to have them MTO - or is it simply a matter of the longer wait whilst your boots are made?
     


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    Ah yes, so you can! Does it cost more to have them MTO - or is it simply a matter of the longer wait whilst your boots are made?

    It costs more to upgrade to a better leather that is all, and it takes about 4 weeks to have them made.
     


  7. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Thanks for that Biscotti, that's handy to know. [​IMG]

    Be sure to post some pics of your boots once they arrive!
     


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    Interesting! It looks like those boot trees are curved to match the vamp of the boots. Very cool..may I ask if they're the split toe type?

    no they are not split toe, they should be though.

    i added two sole inserts so that the shoe tree is actualy giving the boot shape.
    truth be told the trees are not great as they do not fill out the sides of the shoe and with out sole inserts they would do very little to keep the boots shape.

    Quote: Do you have any Yearling boots, on the basis of which you could compare the leather quality? I've debated whether it would be worth it to get another pair, but in French veal... End Quote.

    no just the veal to start off with, i did play with some yearlings when i was finding my size in an RMWs store and from further than about 10cm its very hard to tell the difference between the two. as for creasing and wear only time will tell.
     


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    Thanks for that Biscotti, that's handy to know. [​IMG]

    Be sure to post some pics of your boots once they arrive!



    Check back in four weeks, I will put the pics up.
     


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    Interesting! It looks like those boot trees are curved to match the vamp of the boots. Very cool..may I ask if they're the split toe type?

    I have RMW trees, and in my case at least, they were not a good fit with the vamp of the boot, leaving a void where the trees were most needed to do their work.
     


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    In follow up to my recent post, here are some pics of my recently purchased RMW Craftsman boots. I threw in my blundstones for reference which are the chisel toe model (Ref. BL 062 or 063, IIRC).

    Both are RMW B543, the standard Craftsman in Yearling with leather sole. I bought both from Barry at bootsonline.com and really couldn't be more pleased with the experience. Email responses were quick and informative and while he doesn't have any control over shipping time (actual time in transit), his processing time was fantatsic. It took no more than 2 days from my initial email to him getting them out the door.

    With regard to actual transit time...this is what was most surprising to me. The first pair left his facility on a Tuesday and arrived at my door in Mass the following Saturday. The second pair, in chestnut, left AUS on a Monday and arrived on Friday. It often takes me longer to mail stuff from MA to CA!!

    I tried on boots at the Manhattan RMW store so I knew that the AUS 10H was perfect for me. They are so damn comfortable I can't bear to not wear them. I'll likely wear them right through the summer. They look equally as good with jeans or business attire, IMO. They ended up at ~$250 shipped ($242 & $252 ordered about 3 weeks apart), which is a steal for handmade footwear...especially boots...especially whole cut boots made from one piece of leather!

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    Blundstones on far right:

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    If anyone's on the fence, I hope this info helps. I love 'em!
     


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    That Chestnut looks really good.
     


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    In follow up to my recent post, here are some pics of my recently purchased RMW Craftsman boots. I threw in my blundstones for reference which are the chisel toe model (Ref. BL 062 or 063, IIRC).

    Both are RMW B543, the standard Craftsman in Yearling with leather sole. I bought both from Barry at bootsonline.com and really couldn't be more pleased with the experience. Email responses were quick and informative and while he doesn't have any control over shipping time (actual time in transit), his processing time was fantatsic. It took no more than 2 days from my initial email to him getting them out the door.

    With regard to actual transit time...this is what was most surprising to me. The first pair left his facility on a Tuesday and arrived at my door in Mass the following Saturday. The second pair, in chestnut, left AUS on a Monday and arrived on Friday. It often takes me longer to mail stuff from MA to CA!!

    I tried on boots at the Manhattan RMW store so I knew that the AUS 10H was perfect for me. They are so damn comfortable I can't bear to not wear them. I'll likely wear them right through the summer. They look equally as good with jeans or business attire, IMO. They ended up at ~$250 shipped ($242 & $252 ordered about 3 weeks apart), which is a steal for handmade footwear...especially boots...especially whole cut boots made from one piece of leather!

    If anyone's on the fence, I hope this info helps. I love 'em!


    Agreed. I'm the same with my boots. I wear mine now as much as I can (especially as it's starting to get colder here now). With jeans, to work in business attire, you name it. You can't beat a handmade, wholecut chelsea boot IMHO.
     


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    I finally got my black Bushman boots with the flat heel today (screwed sole, rounder toe, thicker leather) and I love them. I was worried the less costly Willow leather would be disappointing, but these are just what I wanted. I have a nice pair of sleek A. Testoni jodhpurs, and I wanted these more to kick around in. I'm going to Topy the sole, as replacing the screwed sole would cost more than the boot did to start, but I'll put up some pics when they get back.

    RM Williams Bushman
     


  15. Sharpe

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    Don't want to read through this WHOLE thread.

    The construction/leather stuff at the beginning is interesting.

    What I am wondering is; how are the RMW 'desert boots'? Are they still extremely high quality? Or does this quality stuff only relate to the chelsea style boot?

    Are there 'lower' quality RMW boots? If I walk into a store (in melbourne, Australia), will all the boots be of high quality? Or are you all referring to 'made to order'?

    I'd love to get a pair of high quality boots, and RMW seems a good option, seeing as i am in australia and can actually go to a shop and order some/try some on etc. I'm not sure I saw a desert boot-style boot instore the other day but I may have missed it.

    EDIT: I think I would be after the 'simpson' style (if that's the closest 'desert boot' style shoe?)
     


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