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A literal step up from all its stable mates - with its 7.5 centimetre block heel, the Maya boot was R.M.Williams’ first true town boot for women that could carry a corporate outfit right through to formal evening wear. Its popularity with the ladies might soon mean it’s here to stay.
In 2019, after more than a decade of success with the brand’s chic Millicent boot, the Adelaide workshop iterated on its sleek needle toe and block heel, introducing the loftier Maya boot.
‘Maya was created in an effort to bring together the profile and toe shape of our Millicent boot into a more fashion-forward piece that adds sophistication to any outfit,’ explains R.M.Williams’ Head of Footwear Development, David Cook.
Uniquely handcrafted from a single piece of leather, the Maya’s narrow pointed toe is a softened version of the Millicent’s slender needle toe. It’s also (quite literally) a cut above the original design courtesy of a 7.5 centimetre block heel crafted from stacked layers of vegetable-tanned leather. The design team also added a taller boot shaft for a more elongated profile, bringing serious height all-round to the women’s boot line-up.
With its luxe leather sole which can be replaced over and over, the Maya boot is a step away from R.M.Williams’ traditional footwear, towards a true town boot.
‘It was our first real initiative in terms of giving our female customers a boot that looks at home with corporate wear in the office and also formal evening wear,’ David says.
Currently a seasonal boot available in Ebony and Mid Brown pull-up oily leather with a leather insole, plans are afoot to make Maya a permanent stablemate in keeping with the boot’s year-round appeal.
‘It has been well accepted by our customers, sitting closely behind the Lady Yearling and Adelaide boots in terms of popularity – which is incredible given that it only has a limited availability and delivery window at this point,’ David says. ‘We look forward to moving it into our core range.’
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