Three Antipodean bootmakers have turned to traditional European techniques and expert craftspeople to produce their AW18 ranges. For her first foray into footwear, Rebe Burgess — known for her hat designs — ventured to Italy where she sourced the best calf leather from local tanneries. Handmade in a family-owned workshop and available in light taupe and black, Rebe’s boots carry the Vero Cuoio stamp and are set to drop online and at Muse Boutique in May. At Merchant 1948, Portuguese shoemaker Salomé brings 16 years of experience to an edit of classic, neutral-toned boots, while Aussie brand R.M.Williams’ new Burnished collection comes care of Italian leather artisan Duilio Girotti. The burnishing process results in mesmerising tonal transitions that conjure the earthy ochres, reds and tans of the Australian landscape.