Taking care of your R.W Williams Lachlan Boots

The R M Williams Lachlan boot (previously known as the Drover) is one the toughest boots in the R M Williams collection. The boot is constructed of a one piece oiled leather upper and a goodyear stitch welted heavy rubber sole unit.   We have been stockists of RM Williams for over 10 years and we have watched the range grow and evolve however the Lachlan boot remains one of our top sellers.

The Lachlan boot could be categorised as more of a work boot, although not steel toe or waterproof it is ideally suited to heavy wear and ideally suited to a wearer that requires a boot that can be dressed up or dressed down! Perhaps a customer who needs to visit site but also meet clients in an office environment and then have a beer with friends in the evening. If this is you then the R M Williams Lachlan is the boot for you!

One of the first pair of R M Williams boots sold at The Golden Boot was to me. Here are my Lachlan boots!

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I only wear these boots occasionally yet they are one of my most comfortable pairs. My maintenance regime is a bit of a disaster, in fact I haven’t done anything to these other than wear them. I thought they would be the ideal pair to demonstrate what the best way to look after them is and to practice what I preach to customers!

Its worth noting that the Lachlan boot is made with an oiled leather. This is intended to be water and stain resistant. I am not trying to achieve a high shine finish as the boot is designed to be a little vintage in appearance and that’s how I want to keep them.


Step 1

Place shoe trees in the boots

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Step 2

Using a Dasco suede brush, remove any loose dirt/debris from the upper.

dacso suede brush

Step 3

Using fresh water and the rubber bristled part of the Dasco suede brush remove and heavy dirt/debris from the upper and sole. Always allow the boots to dry out naturally.

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Step 4

Dry using kitchen towel

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Step 5

Once the boots are dry, using a small damp foam sponge apply small amount of the R M Williams Saddle & Leather Dressing to the upper, also work the Saddle dressing into the welt of the boot. Please remember a little goes a long way, remember the old adage “you can always put more in but it’s more difficult to take out”! In short the more you apply the darker the boots will become.

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Step 6

Allow the Saddle & Leather Dressing to dry and then with a dry cloth remove any residue. Then buff the boots to a shine.

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The Golden Boot Welly Wangathon 2015

welly wangingThe Golden Boot Welly Wangathon season has well and truly got underway with local schools.  As well as the usual prizes, this year we are making a charitable donation of £100 to the school who has the longest combined throw!!

Our Welly Wangathon kits are available to local schools for use at their school summer fayre. The kit contains everything you need for the day and is available to collect from us two days before the event and we ask that it is returned at most two days later.  (Our loading bay address for collection and return is The Golden Boot, Loading Bay E, Pads Hill ME15 6HX and can be accessed under The Mall by Sainsburys)

Included in the kit are a score board and an advertising board, two easels, marker cones for the distance thrown, starting line marker cone and the all important wellies !
Five £10 Golden Boot vouchers are also included for the winners of each category.

For your school to be in with a chance to win the £100 all you need to do is e mail a picture
of your scoreboard to j.westbrook@thegoldenboot.co.uk. We will post the picture on our Facebook page. The school with the longest combined throw at the end of the season will be presented with the prize and the prestigious  ‘Golden Boot Welly Wangathon’ winners trophy!

If your school has a summer fayre coming up and would like to join in all the fun of  ‘Welly Wanging’ or for any information on collection please call 01622 752349 or e mail sales@thegoldenboot.co.uk.

We would also love to see any pictures of your day so please post your snaps on our Facebook page, /www.facebook.com/thegoldenbootshop.

welly throwGood luck to everyone and have fun !!





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The Story Of The Esapdrille.

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Each year, as Spring chips away at the Winter chill, our thoughts turn to packing away the weatherproof footwear and slipping into something altogether more elegant. It’s a time when the espadrille comes into it’s own.

Characterised by their jute soles, espadrilles have a long history dating all the back to the 14th century, with soldiers during the Spanish Civil War being sent into conflict wearing canvas upper espadrilles.

Our Toni Pons  Spring / Summer 2015 season has kicked off really well with the ever popular  Ter (left) and Nuria (right) selling at rate of knots. Both designs feature the classic jute sole and are available in a colour palette of bright and neutral shades.
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This led to one of the world’s most famous espadrille manufacturers, Castaner, being nationalised as the shoes were regarded as a product of military interest. Post-war, the traditional espardrilles were adopted by Hollywood A-listers such as Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and Jackie Onassis.




Grace Kelly wearing ‘Castaner’ espadrilles on the set of ‘To Catch A Thief’

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25 Years of Ballerinas from Hispanitas.

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2015 is a special year for Hispanitas as the brand celebrates its 25th anniversary . To mark this historic milestone, the brand have re-launched the classic and much loved ballerina ‘00177‘.

This beautifully soft easy to wear ballerina has been one of our most popular styles so far and its easy to see why ! Made from premium quality materials and unlined for a luxurious flexible fit.

Available in pretty floral print and classic navy with blue floral and snake print to follow. 00177 Macadam is quite simply understated Spanish elegance at it’s best. Browse our complete Hispanitas collection for Spring Summer 2015 at http://hispanitas.thegoldenboot.co.uk/.




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*WIN a chocolate making day out !!*

We have teamed up with the lovely people at Chocolate Raindrops to offer the winner of our Design An Easter Egg Competition the chance to enjoy a fun filled day out chocolate making and much more !


The design can be a picture that has been painted or drawn, something  made or a decorated egg! The lucky winner can take three of their friends to Chocolate Raindrops  where they can re-create their design using delicious Belgian chocolate. It really is an enjoyable day out  making and sampling scrumptious chocolate treats!

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You can enter the competition by posting picture of your egg design on our Facebook page.

The competition is running now and all throughout the Easter holidays and closes on the 15th April. Good luck everyone!

Why not come and take a look at our colourful children’s  Easter window complete with Humpty Dumpty in a hot air balloon surrounded by chocolate eggs ! You can pick up a leaflet instore too about the competition.

humpty window

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New Season’s Hot Picks at The Golden Boot.

The new Spring/Summer season is well and truly upon us and the shop is looking very spring like with new stock from all our leading suppliers, Hispanitas, Wonders and Gabor to name a few. It’s also the time of year for TGB staff to decide on their new staff dress colour for the summer. This year the popular choice is green ! It’s a really versatile colour and blends well with both our core colours black and navy. Work shoe decisions have already been made, and popular choices are…

Hispanitas 51008 Aloehispanitas 51008 aloe jeans

Coveted in the office by Tracy and Jane is the super stylish 51008 Aloe! Jeans is probably the more sensible choice for work but the monchrome white is proving hard to resist! Both colours come with a matching bag BV50950 which the ideal size for using everyday.

Clarks Orla Berylclarks orla beryl tan

Janie, who is never shy of wearing heels, is adding a touch of glamour to her workwear wardrobe with this very eyecatching design. Janie has been very happily wearing the ‘Orla Dilly’ for autumn/winter and a massive fan of the Clarks x Orla Kiely collection!

Wonders 4710 Montilla.wonders montilla navy

Dept manager Jane wears a lot of Wonders and has been more than happy with 3604 Jovita. Comfort and classic styling are what takes Jane back to the Spanish brand, so it’s no surprise she really likes 4710 Montilla. In two neutral colourways with a sturdy block heel, soft patent upper and cushioned footbed, an added bonus for long spells on your feet !

Wonders 6002 Abonawonders abona navy

Trudi loves a loafer so the classic shape of 6002 Abona has really appealed to her. And as a big fan of ‘preppy’ styling, Trudi loves the Clarks Hotel Bustle fishermans sandal which she’ll be wearing with capri pants.

There are still new styles to come and sandals to choose for when the sun really shines so new decisions will have to be made. 7605 Arlanza  wedge sandal from Wonders comes in three colourways and 51298 Jazmin in tan or 51118 Jazmin in black from Hispanitas both with laser cut detail, are bang on trend for SS15!








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Clarks X Orla Kiely SS15…a sneak peek !

It’s that time of year again when we start getting ready for  the new Spring collections arriving instore. One particular collection that always causes a bit of excitement is the Clarks X Orla Kiely collaboration which is due to launch February 20th to coincide with London Fashion Week!


Now in it’s third season, the range is once again infused with colour, retro prints and shapes….chunky block heels, platforms and modern T-bars. One thing that stands out in the new SS15 collection is gorgeous shade of  pastel pink featured in the styles ‘Orla Bella’, ‘Orla Bibi’ and the ‘Orla Blanche’ platform sandal below.

orla 6We are loving the ‘Orla Bobbie’ flat shoe with T-bar fastening which is very reminiscent of our school days ! In a choice of sunny red or sky blue (below) which looks great teamed up with a summer dress.

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Fans of ‘Orla Marianne’ from last summer will love ‘Orla Beryl’. A real show stopper of  a shoe in a rich dark tan which sits on a towering chunky high heel and exposed platform sole.

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Beautiful Boots for Little Girls

Christmas is fast approaching and we have just the perfect boots for the festivities as well as a present guaranteed to delight. See the joy in your child’s eyes when they unwrap a pair of sparkly Lelli Kelly’s. Trust us, we’ve seen it.

Cow Lelli Kelly

This season, we have the biggest range ever, from sparkling pink to the traditional black patent boot.

Lelli Kelly

Pink Lelli Kelly






This season’s best seller has been the Marianne high boot, perfect for school or casualwear.

Marianna Lelli Kelly

If your little princess isn’t all about the glitz and glamour of Lelli Kelly, Clarks more traditional range of  boots in an array of black and brown leathers and suedes is perfect for any child.

Rhea Wish

Clarks Daisy






The Nibbles and Snuggle range holds the award for the cute factor, whilst it doesn’t get more practical than The Rhea Wish with a GoreTex lining and rugged sole unit, providing the perfect waterproof protection for little feet for all those jumping in puddles incidents.





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Exclusive Jeffery West Evening at The Golden Boot

On Thursday evening, in celebration of our love for the brand and in honour of the excellent craftsmanship, premium quality and eye-catching designs, we hosted a unique Jeffery West evening.


Our loyal Jeffery West customers were joined by the co-owner, Guy West, for an evening full of fun, food, drink and everything Jeffery West. From Cufflinks to Canes, Scarves to Shoes, the shop was transformed into a unique Jeffery West brand experience.


The shoe personalisation by artist Aasen Stephenson was a big hit during the evening, with Guy West’s personal highlight being one customer’s choice of the words ‘Gin and Tonic’ to be tattooed onto his brand new Jeffery West boots.


A big thank you must also be given to local businesses Anno Distillers Hush Heath Estate and Frederic Bistro for the delightful Kentish gin, English Pink Sparkling wine, cider and delicious canapés. Also Guy Salmon Maidstone  who had three Land Rover Defenders parked outside for the duration of the evening.









All in all the evening was great fun and a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by staff and customers alike. We hope this will be one of many special events to follow.

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Male Must Haves

Christmas is fast approaching, and men can be very tough to buy for. So, whether buying for your partner or yourself, for casual wear, work or a special occasion, The Golden Boot has got it all. We’ve made shopping this Christmas even easier with our 5 best sellers, which are sure to top every mans wish list.


Panama Jack

At number 1: We have the ultimate winter weatherproof boot: the Panama Jack Amur. The Gore-Tex waterproof lining and rugged and durable sole unit is perfect for the active outdoor man. The excellent grip and cushioned removable insole will leave you with no excuse not to challenge the trek to work when the winter weather takes its toll. Whatever downpours and snowfalls this Christmas brings, this boot will not leave you stuck inside.


Anatomic GelNumber 2: For a smarter alternative to a winter boot, the Anatomic Gel Chelsea Boot: Cordoso, will provide you with ultimate comfort and maximum style points. The full leather lining and light and flexible sole unit provide extra comfort designed to be worn all day long.



Number 3: There is no other way to make a statement at your work Christmas party than a pair of Jeffery Wests. They will brighten up any winter day. This monk strap styling in burgundy colourings, is very on trend and is perfect for the fashion conscious man.

Jeffery West


Number 4: If your primary concerns are comfort and practicality, you need look no further than Merrells winter casual trainer style shoe. The shoe features water and abrasion resistant oiled leathers, a breathable mesh lining to prevent odour, and a hardwearing outer sole for the active outdoor man, guaranteed to keep you on your feet on an icy walk.



Last but certainly not least: This brogue from Loake, can be dressed up or down, for work or play. The traditional styling is perfect for any man, and the unusual chestnut colour is complimented with a navy suit or a casual pair for jeans.



Don’t forget our free gift wrapping service, making your Christmas shopping even easier.


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