I love me a pair of boots, in any form. The second the first leaves fall in Autumn you’ll find me jumping into a pair. Recently, I got the chance to jump into a new pair of RM Williams boots, probably the best boot makers around.

I’ve preferred boots for as long as I can remember. I love trainers etc. but boots just suit my style more and I don’t think any shoe makes a man look better; stronger, stylish and more masculine; leather, suede, canvas, hiking, Chelsea – you name it, it works.

“You can screw them up and do what you like. You can’t destroy them. We hope they’ll wear a long time yet. These boots are made for people who are specialists. People who expect them to last.”

Australian born RM Williams has long been the mecca for boot lovers, originally providing footwear to men and women who worked the rugged and unforgiving outback. Nine decades on, their iconic boots are known the world over, sought after by celebrities,  style seekers and labourers alike.

RM Williams have recently opened a new store in Westfield White City, so I popped down to check the space and get myself a pair of boots. The store is a real treat, stocking the famous boots as well as ready-to-wear and accessories.

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The most stylish boots around

The Signature Craftsman boots are made from one piece of leather, offering the sleekest looking boot I ever did see. The backbone and pride of the company, Craftsman boots have graced the feet of world leaders and are individually signed by the most talented boot makers who create them. Made from premium veal calf leather, the boots have a refined, rounded-square sole tip with a rounded, smooth toe. The boots are super lightweight and feature a leather insole, fine stitching details and the traditional boots tugs at the front and back of the upper opening.

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A size for all, and for all, a size

If you’re looking to invest in a boot to last a lifetime, then RM Williams deserves your time and attention. I highly recommend going to a store or stockist to try them on first. They come in multiple sizes and shapes to allow for the best fit possible, and are also large to size, so you will probably find you have to take a size down. I’m usually a nine and took an 8. There are also letter sizes, denoting width. It’s worth taking the time to try on multiple sizes and shapes. They will need to be snug (they will feel overly snug but will stretch and mold to your foot), but the end shouldn’t pinch your toes when you walk. Try and move in them, I probably should have sized up to an 8.5 or a wider width in hind sight.

I can’t wait to do a style shoot in these boots, so watch this space!

 

RM Williams boots are available online at rmwilliams.com.au and at high-end retailers – find your local stockist here.

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Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.