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Old 7th Nov 2014, 11:43
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If you go the RM route... get them fitted correctly, a shoe Isn't just a shoe I guess... for 400 bucks make sure the shop assistant knows what they're doing.

I'm a twelve and that's all I've ever shouted, never knew leather stretched so much... I love mine, but after a good days wear they do some serious shape shifting, they feel one size to big.
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Old 7th Nov 2014, 12:33
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Never used RM products as my dainty little extra wide size 12 hoof don't fit in them.
Golders of Roma (Qld) claim to fit boots to feet.

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Old 7th Nov 2014, 13:31
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Bought RM's about 3 years ago and probable won't use anything else . Great for overnights , saves space in overnight bag .
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Old 7th Nov 2014, 13:58
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Chippewa has some both well made and rugged pilot boots as well:
8" MEN'S EPS LACE/ZIP BOOT

or these better known ones:
http://haynesandcann.weebly.com/stor...%A3150%29.html

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Old 8th Nov 2014, 03:49
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Originally Posted by peterc005
Doc Martins are the go.

They look like shoes when standing, are oil/petrol resistant, wear well and you can wear then out to watch a punk rock band.
I second this. Dr Martens are comfortable, air-cushioned, hard-wearing and have chemical-proof, non-slip soles. Good value, too.
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Old 8th Nov 2014, 04:16
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What's all this talk of re-soling?

I bought a pair of Blundestones in 1993 (the good old plastic soled ones, not the rubber ones they have now). Wore them for ten years straight in the NT, flying, digging ditches you name it. Never had to have them re-soled and still wear them mowing the lawns now!

Best forty five bucks I ever spent!
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Old 8th Nov 2014, 08:39
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C'mon Howard, the thread is about pilot's shoes not gumboots.
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Old 8th Nov 2014, 12:20
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A pair of RM's that are custom made, you will not get a comfier boot (sorry, pilot shoe).

I've got 2 pair's of RM's, black pair and brown pair. The brown pair were my originals, just bought off the shelf. They go alright and I've had them for 7 years now and only 1 re-sole.

My black pair though, I had custom fitted when the store I went to didn't have the size I wanted. So they took all my measurements down, the specifics of what style and sole I wanted, and then after a few weeks, the best boot's (sorry, pilot shoes) I've ever owned turned up, .

They're about 5 years old now and they've had 1 re-sole. Did me well when I was out bush trundling around in aeromed. Continue to do me well now in my current motorplane job.

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Old 8th Nov 2014, 13:27
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This particular thread highlights the type of pilot that lives for PPRuNe.. What an absolute joke. If you've got money to burn and you feel the need to fit in and look the part.. get RM's.
It is footwear for christs sake. There are so many brands of shoes/boots out there that are as good or superior to RM's for a better price. It's a big world out there!
This is very general but.. In my experience there is one thing that is common to every fresh faced CPL that presented on my dusty doorstep wearing RM Williams boots.. they all offered to fly for free.
Hush Puppies are comfortable.
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Old 8th Nov 2014, 16:52
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If you've got money to burn
The message that's coming across is if you've got money to burn, then don't buy RMs.

My first pair lasted 13 years with only one trip to the cobbler, and now I have a brown pair and a black pair. Finest boot you'll ever wear.

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Old 9th Nov 2014, 03:07
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Mongrels zip side ankle boots.

Won't come off during bailout/ canopy deployment

Nice and warm at altitude

Comfy cushion sole

No idea what they cost, my employer provides them.

They aren't specifically made for pilots like RM's obviously are, but I have found them durable and comfortable. And inexpensive.

I am sure there are many other shoes and boots that work very well. I had a pair of KMart elastic sided boots that were comfortable and lasted over 5 years, $39.99.

With the money saved I bought a pair of Propet walking shoes that I use when attending aviation events around the world. Very Light weight super comfortable, don't set off metal detectors, and guaranteed for 1000 miles of walking, but, hey they're just shoes FFS, not a frigging lifestyle.

What next,

Best underwear/briefs........ooh ooh I know....Haynes jockey style from Walmart, come in packets of 6, reversible and can be turned inside out for extended deployments so 4 days per pair between resoles, (that's R soles I think) plenty of ballroom, have excellent fart filtering capability and available in all the favourite RM wearing pilot colours, puce, violet, apricot........

Shoot me now!

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Old 9th Nov 2014, 09:55
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C'mon Howard, the thread is about pilot's shoes not gumboots.
Sorry mate, thread drift...

What next,

Best underwear/briefs........
Bonds mate, been wearin them for 40+ years, not the same pair of course!
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Old 9th Nov 2014, 09:59
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Ariat work boots - cannot go wrong
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Old 9th Nov 2014, 12:54
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Gucci driving shoes, with the dimples extending back up the heel to prevent your feet from slipping backwards. Available in various colours and exotic leathers such as crocodile. Or go for the plain loafers which will go equally well with jeans or formal evening wear.


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Old 9th Nov 2014, 13:58
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Blundstones. CAD $180.00 before tax
as a tasmanian I just can't bring myself to buy them after they shipped the manufacturing to SE Asia
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 04:58
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As a charter pilot I only wear plastic bags on my feet because it's all I can afford. Six shillings to a bag they say. Thankyou muchly I say, etc.
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 08:45
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Mongrel boots, hi-top lace-ups with side zipper. Problem with slip-ons (like RMs) is that they also slip-off. Comfortable, hard wearing, non-spark soles.
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 12:01
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Looks like they have been remodelled slightly since I bought my last pair but these Howlers are tough as nuts, comfortable, waterproof and each pair has lasted me probably close to 4 years of rough daily use. Come up nice with a quick swipe of dubbin. You can buy for under a hundred bucks at most work wear type shops - can't go wrong!

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Old 10th Nov 2014, 12:29
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As it was written

"I settle once more into the right-hand seat, concerned lest there be a repetition of the crazy entanglement witnessed by McCabe. Therefore I am quite ready when I hear Ross enter the narrow passageway behind me. I turn to watch him hang up his coat in so precise and careful a manner it is easy to understand how his other articles of apparel present such an immaculate picture. His heavily starched shirt fits his powerful torso as if it was tailored by a master. The crease in his pants is knife sharp. His black ankle boots, of the type preferred by most line pilots, match the sheen of his cap-bill.
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It is pleasant to think that now my ninety-day probation is safely past and as a consequence I might reasonably invest in a pair of jodhpur boots like Rossí, and so keep my ankles warm during the coming winter. With concentration I might also acquire that certain swagger which must go with the wearing of such boots. I will break them in carefully since they are extremely expensive for a co-pilotís purse, and I will try to keep them shined as well as Rossí."

Attributed to Ernest k. Gann, "Fate is the Hunter"

(But no mention of socks)
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 14:03
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What about the good ol' 'T Boots'? Steel capped leather shoes.


www.tboots.com.au
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