Once described as “part of the heritage and fabric of the Australian way of life”, RM Williams is renowned for their footwear and accessories and as a brand built upon the principles of quality authenticity and durability.
The RM Williams company was founded and established in 1932 by Australian legend, Reginald Murray “RM” Williams AO, CMG. RM was a bushman, camel-boy, drover, grazier, horseman turned millionaire businessman. In his time, RM had many adventures in Australia’s rugged outback as a bushman. Unsurprisingly, then, that RM Williams has come to be known as the leading “bush outfitters”.
Famous for their robust, hardy boots, they were originally associated with “men living and working on the land” (think Hugh Jackman in Baz Lurhman’s Australia). It wasn’t until later, as the company grew, that these boots were seen striding through city streets.
RM Williams boots can be worn in either town, country, or indeed, bush. The Comfort Craftsman boots are the original hand-crafted riding boot, made from quality yearling leather. A classic piece of footwear, their Craftsman boots continue to be manufactured in their Adelaide factory using the very same template laid down by RM himself. Each boot goes through approximately eighty hand-held processes, just as they always have.
As of 1932, RM Williams boots have been made from one single piece of leather, stitched at the back, meaning a just so fit that hugs the foot snugly across the instep. The Aussie boots are shaped to support the arch and curved to match the heel to prevent slipping and rubbing – RM Williams are designed with both comfort and style in mind.
From the production of their first iconic boot – representing nothing but the best of outback heritage and pioneering spirit – RM Williams have come a long way, now exporting to over fifteen countries and has more than sixty independently owned stores across Australia, as well as a store in London and New York.
One of the major UK stockists of RM Williams boots is A Hume Country Clothing, a distinctive country wear retailer in the Scottish Borders. With over 30,000 customers worldwide and delivering throughout the UK within twenty-four hours you can shop the RM Williams collection directly from their website: www.ahume.co.uk.
So within the day, you too could be channelling desert cowboys like Hugh Jackman’s “Drover”, just with less cattle and more commuters…
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