150008-560ProductR.M. Williams Blaxland Boot
brand R.M. Williams
After having worked as a well-sinker, lime-burner, stockman, camel driver and other odd jobs in camps and cattle stations in the South Australian outback, R.M. Williams learned the craft of saddle-making and leather-work from a passing horseman in the early 1930s. From a small workshop run out of a shed next to his father’s house in Adelaide, Williams established a mail-order boot service advertising ‘Elastic Side Boots’ in the rural press. These iconic boots, still featuring elastic gussets on the sides, are made in much the same way today – handcrafted from a single piece of premium leather to enhance the strength and durability, incorporating 80 different processes performed by skilled craftsmen and women in the Adelaide factory.
Leather is a hard-wearing natural material, yet it can be sensitive. Keep leather away from humidity, heat and chemicals and protect it from rain and rough surfaces, which can scratch and damage it. To remove light stains, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Otherwise, leather items should be taken to a specialist leather dry cleaner. If leather should get wet, allow it to air dry at normal room temperature.