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The Perils of Party Season in the Country

The Perils of Party Season in the Country

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A light-hearted look at the footwear considerations of party season in the country. And why the RM Williams Comfort Craftsman is the party boot of choice.


Image source: Pinterest.

Image source: Pinterest.


As we’re a country clothing retailer we’re going to assume that a sizeable proportion of our customers – or in this case readers – live in the country. Or at least have a passing relationship with life beyond the sulphurous glow of the streetlight.


And as country dwellers do a sizeable amount of socialising in the country…..again, beyond the sulphurous glow of streetlights…..


Did you get that? The double mention of streetlights? And their glow….crucially their glow….there is an important point to be made here.


You see city folk know nothing of the perils we endure out here in the sticks. Especially around Christmas. Quite honestly when you respond positively to a party invitation you are seriously taking your life in your hands.


It could be down some godforsaken lane, more heavily rutted than anything encountered by the Top Gear Team. And the journey from car to front door – should you happen to be anything other than first to arrive and be forced to park on the water-logged lawn (keeping in mind the owners’ 3 dogs), or worse beside the slurry pit – is more perilous than an enforced, island abandonment with Bear Grylls.


It’s DARK. Danger lurks everywhere. You are dressed for a party. What is this – an ingenuity test? Are you supposed to whip out some Mission Impossible tech, cast a spider clamp onto the guttering and whizz Tom Cruise style to the front door? Because let’s face it that’s the only way you’re going to get there without significant mishap and mayhem.


Worse still. There’s a whimpering thing, cowering in the passenger seat wearing a gossamer thin frock and high heels. High heels! Seriously…..at home she looked beautiful and appropriately dressed for a party. Being a good husband/partner/boyfriend you told her as much but this was before you knew what lay ahead. Now…..she’s looking at you pleadingly. Clearly it is your responsibility to get her to the door safely too.


You look down at your feet and you are wearing a pair of:


A – leather soled dress shoes.

Go home you don’t stand a chance.


B – Le Chameau Chassuer Neoprene Wellingtons.

Nice wellies. But go home you are not dressed for a party.


RM Williams Comfort Craftsman


Or C – RM Williams Comfort Craftsman boots with non-slip, oil resistant composite rubber sole.

Proceed confidently straight to the door. Party manfully until the last guest leaves then fall graciously into a taxi and travel home.


You see the RM Williams Comfort Craftsman is the country party boot of choice. This boot has everything you need:


  • It’s a smart dress boot with chisel toes, hand made from a single piece of yearling leather. The extended leather upper will protect you from the worst of the elements.
  • A non-slip, composite rubber sole,
  • Easy to clean and care for,
  • Combined with durability and strength.


Wearing this boot you can easily extend a supporting arm to a tiptoeing better half without finding yourself up close and personal with the lawn. Even if there’s ice or snow you’ll have enough traction to stay afloat.


Plus it’s a great looking boot that easily passes muster for a party.


If you absolutely must wear a shoe rather than a boot we would definitely recommend a smart leather brogue, sturdy enough to keep it’s shape and form in the face of tough conditions. One with a Goodyear welted sole, for protection and grip.


Our favourites for country parties are:


Loake Edward Shoes

Loake Edward Shoes



Loake Chester Danite


Loake Chester Danite


Now you’re sorted for smart, grippy footwear all that remains is to wish you fortitude for the festive season ahead. Have fun out there!


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