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I think RM Williams is one of the handful of footwear manufacturers worldwide that use the same brass screw method used by William Lennon (UK) and Lastrite (NZ) who make the boots for Last & Loom.

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I get that it can be hard to get over an association with a brand once you’ve made it. That’s how I feel about anything Wrangler related, I just tie it back to UT frat guys regardless of what Wranglers they are. I will have to check out the Trickers option, I just wanted something bulky and like a Blundstone without the crap quality they’ve moved to in recent years (or so I’ve heard).

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memories...

these (or near enough) are what I wore to death as posh private school knob thinking I was rebel

https://www.drmartens.com/uk/en_gb/p/24383001

these are the chelsea boots I have now for properly posh occasions (found cheap from a [[now no longer in business] local seller who passed on Alfred Sargent made seconds)

https://www.bowen.fr/CHELSEA-BOOT-CUIR-NOIR/57256644.html

staying with the cheaney recommends (same price as rw williams in UK at least, more a tailored blunnie vibe - but not sure about the sole)

https://www.cheaney.co.uk/cheaney-barnes-iii-b-chelsea-boot-in-brown-pull-up-leather-p656

... rm williams are best in their more elegant models methinks... [only ones seen in wild that looked great were gently square tipped ones on women in my experience]

edit: and completely off topic: but when doing a quick browse at trickers boots: these are the ones that stand out!

https://www.trickers.com/uk/mens/country-boots/grassmere-black-scotch-grain-boot-commando

 

Edited by bartlebyyphonics

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Come on Bartles - private school, really? I feel a bit empty inside now :laugh:

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had to admit it sometime! (esp. in context of Chelsea boot memories)

atonement is possible, but probably it is easier to pass through the eye of a needle ...

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Way better than lofgrens and  cheaper 

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Never meet your heroes...

When I was at university (late 80s), my ‘best’ footwear was a pair of Grenson Chelsea boots, bought from Soho Shoes I think. I also had a pair of plain Grenson derbies (in brown) with commando soles.

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What are they Ed, Wesco? Attractions?

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12 hours ago, Broark said:

General consensus on RM Williams boots? Looking at the Gardner, since I’ve pretty much given up on a Rolling Dub Trio Chelsea boot in my size.

RM's are decent, though they were recently bought by LVMH and some soul has been lost ( no pun intended)  Still made in Australia though. 

Take a look at Carmina -- great for the price and some chelsea models have a rounder toe and rubber sole.  They look dressy at first but once broken in look like what they are -- a boot

 

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those bowen chelseas are sweet @bartlebyyphonics!

@Broark the leather on black blunnies (my preference) are a bit thin nowadays. the classic brown seems unchanged. they're worlds apart from rm williams and other high-end boots in terms of construction etc, though. i don't think you'd like them. if you fancy one in that style to knockabout in but worried about quality, you can always go rossi. not as svelte as blunnies but better all around. 

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also those tricker's grasmere could be the perfect boot companion for my cheaney cairngorm! :D

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2 hours ago, Maynard Friedman said:

Come on Bartles - private school, really? I feel a bit empty inside now :laugh:

Oh no! It's like that fateful day your parents tell you you're adopted..

..i imagine

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1 hour ago, oomslokop said:

those bowen chelseas are sweet @bartlebyyphonics!

1 hour ago, oomslokop said:

also those tricker's grasmere could be the perfect boot companion for my cheaney cairngorm! :D

 

nice!

here is a quick and cheerful family photo of trickers, bowen chelsea and a bowen wholecut - trickers a lucky charity shop find, the bowens bought from the gentleman featured in this filthy rag (I went to the shop before reading that article, please believe me) - he also did a nice line in loafers (Loake & Bass) and was devastated when Church's stop letting him sell their stuff... apparently Bowen was big with the West African Walworth Road community...

[plus some close-ups to show chelsea profile, quality of trickers crimping and punching [[they make a quality product]] and the general delight of a punched toe on otherwise minimal shoe]

 

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2 hours ago, Maynard Friedman said:

Never meet your heroes...

When I was at university (late 80s), my ‘best’ footwear was a pair of Grenson Chelsea boots, bought from Soho Shoes I think. I also had a pair of plain Grenson derbies (in brown) with commando soles.

 once I fled the cloisters of my teens I was mostly Adidas until I met dear grenson in the my late 20s in the early 2000s ...

Edited by bartlebyyphonics

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4 hours ago, Broark said:

I get that it can be hard to get over an association with a brand once you’ve made it.

Tis why i cringe at those loafers, when i was in my 20's i used to do some work for this dude who was falling victim to middle age spread, he often complained that he was struggling to bend down and lace up his shoes... he found the answer to his predicament in penny loafers. He never lost the weight and never went back to laces.

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I got some of these DM Chelsea boots a few months ago. Comfortable can take a beating,  colour looks great with jeans and scrub up nicely with a touch of mink oil.

https://www.drmartens.com/uk/en_gb/p/11853201

Was so impressed with how comfy they were went back and bought some MIE 1461 docs

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I have a pair of RM Williams Gardner that I've had for around 8 years. I can't complain on the quality on the boots but I don't have a lot of experience with high quality boots as many of you guys here. They are very comfortable and look good with slimmer jeans. 

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Super rep for Paraboots

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at least cut the f'g tag off 

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@beautiful_FrEaK have u looked at heschung? They have many similar models to paraboot in the same price class. I read somewhere, that they would be somehow of higher quality, but don't have experience with paraboot myself. Would be great to see a direct comparison

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I sure did (online). I think we two had a similar conversation some pages ago? :)
Heschung is a tiny bit more expensive I think but not JM Weston expensive yet

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7 minutes ago, beautiful_FrEaK said:

Nope, it's Lis Cafe. They get a bit lighter over time

Ahh ok :)

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16 hours ago, edmond said:

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I always wanted Alden v-tips. But black shell please Ed 

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1 hour ago, fre-co said:

I always wanted Alden v-tips. But black shell please Ed 

Ok 

in 379x last 

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Just gonna lower the tone a little... 

Altberg tabbing boots, about 4 years old and approx 4000 miles walked in these on pavements trails and mountainous terrain (in dryer weather) they are lined in cambrelle and have a cordura bellows tongue. A great general purpose boot. They probably have another 3000 miles left in them until they need a resole! 

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