RM Williams Boots - Everything You Wanted to Know

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  1. Wrigglez

    Wrigglez Senior member

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    That Chestnut looks really good.

    Ageed, however, i'd love to have a pair of chestnuts antiqued to look like a pair of EG burnt pine Newmarkets i saw in the EG book i was sent. is there anywhere in AUS that does antiquing, i really dont want to screw up a pair of veal chestnuts due to my extreem incompetence.
     
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    Does anyone here have the craftsman in dark brown suede?

    What do you think of them?

    Could you please post an action shot or two?

    Thanks!

    Stuart
     
  3. Prince of Paisley

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    Does anyone here have the craftsman in dark brown suede?

    What do you think of them?

    Could you please post an action shot or two?


    +1.

    A wholecut boot in a dark suede is the best looking style of suede boot in my opinion, and is a more versatile style of footwear than a sand or lighter colour suede. Also being wholecut the RMs just have cleaner lines and no ugly suede seam down the side of the boot.
     
  4. ferguscan

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    ^ Thanks. Do you own the RMs? Have you got an action shot you could share with us?
     
  5. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Alas no - my +1 was supporting your sentiment that we need someone with an acutual photo...[​IMG]
     
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    I have a pair of Yard boots with the screwed composite sole.

    After about 6 months, they developed a REALLY LOUD squeak in both shoes...a real head-turning one that sounds like a pair of frogs.

    Anyone know how to get rid of it? These are really nice boots but it's so bad I had to stop wearing them.
     
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    I have a pair of Yard boots with the screwed composite sole.

    After about 6 months, they developed a REALLY LOUD squeak in both shoes...a real head-turning one that sounds like a pair of frogs.

    Anyone know how to get rid of it? These are really nice boots but it's so bad I had to stop wearing them.


    The squeak that you're hearing is from a broken shank. Take the boots to a good cobbler and he can replace it for you.
     
  8. 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?)


    I guess no one has experience with the simpson boot?

    But can anyone answer the questions about the RMW chelsea style boots vs. all the others? AND ready to wear vs. made to order? (quality varies or is same for both?)
     
  9. tomjonesrocks

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    Am debating Comfort vs. standard leather Turnout...has anyone had both? Am wondering if the Comfort is so much more comfortable that it's worth giving up the traditional leather-soled, more expensive look for.

    TIA!
     
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    I guess no one has experience with the simpson boot?

    But can anyone answer the questions about the RMW chelsea style boots vs. all the others? AND ready to wear vs. made to order? (quality varies or is same for both?)


    MTO is RTW, they just only make them when there is an order placed. There is no difference in quality. It is just easier since there are several options with leather choice and sole construction.
     
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    I guess no one has experience with the simpson boot?

    But can anyone answer the questions about the RMW chelsea style boots vs. all the others? AND ready to wear vs. made to order? (quality varies or is same for both?)



    I believe that RMW do offer some form of MTM alternative. The latest catalogue, downloadable from their website, features a routine for measuring the foot: the joint, the lower instep, the instep and the heel as well as the foot outline.

    Cheers
     
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    A few pics of the MTO Veal Craftsman with the screwed leather sole:

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    Toe comparison screwed leather/Comfort Craftsman:
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    Cheers
     
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    Am debating Comfort vs. standard leather Turnout...has anyone had both? Am wondering if the Comfort is so much more comfortable that it's worth giving up the traditional leather-soled, more expensive look for.

    TIA!


    I have a pair of Gardeners with the leather insole, and a pair of Comfort Turnouts and can tell you the Comforts are much more comfortable if you're on your feet all day or walking a lot. I bought the Gardeners first, and I do like the way the insoles have molded to my foot, but they are still too firm I have to be on my feet all day.

    I'm a photographer, and when I'm working I often have to carry equipment cases and a 30lb backpack of cameras. If I'm wearing the Gardeners and put that backpack on it almost feels like I'm walking barefoot on concrete. However, with the Comfort Turnouts I can carry the extra weight and definitely feel the cushioning effect of the poron insoles, as well as the rubber soles and heel pads. I also appreciate the extra stability and grip of the rubber soles.

    As for looks, I personally think it's hard to tell the difference between the leather and rubber soles unless you examine them closely or show someone the bottoms.

    I've only had the Comfort Turnouts for a couple months, and I'm still breaking them in, so I'm not sure how they will compare after a couple years. But right now I would definitely recommend the Comforts.

    Cheers,

    Andrew
     
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    All,

    I'm interested in picking up a pair of the Craftsman, but have a sizing question. Normally, I wear US 11 or 11.5; for example, I wear 11.5 in Martegani's 7Y last because of my wide feet and high instep/arch. In short, my true length is 11 (an E or EE), but as a result of my width/instep/arch, I often wear 11.5D to get the additional room in the toe-box. And, IMO, longer/thinner shoes look better than shorter/wider shoes.

    So... should I order a 10H or 10.5G? Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  15. wetnose

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    All,

    I'm interested in picking up a pair of the Craftsman, but have a sizing question. Normally, I wear US 11 or 11.5; for example, I wear 11.5 in Martegani's 7Y last because of my wide feet and high instep/arch. In short, my true length is 11 (an E or EE), but as a result of my width/instep/arch, I often wear 11.5D to get the additional room in the toe-box. And, IMO, longer/thinner shoes look better than shorter/wider shoes.

    So... should I order a 10H or 10.5G? Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks.


    I'd venture a 10.5G in a nice stretchy leather like the kangaroo would be ideal.

    For comparison, I am a 7.5D in AE and the 7G in the Comfort Craftsman fit me like a glove.
     

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