The popularity of Redbacks is increasing by leaps and bounds (no surprise to those 'in the know') and the move towards offshore production by Blundstones can do Redbacks no harm at all - unless any increase in demand comes at the cost of reliability of supply (supply has been a bit slower than usual this year so far - hopefully a temporary situation as they catch up from their traditional Christmas/New Year shutdown).
Redbacks do use some imported items though - most of their leather comes from New Zealand where the cattle grow strong and healthy in that country's famous lush pastureland.
Redbacks are giving customers some challenges though. Due, it seems, to pressure from their US distributor they have advised their Australian distributors that they will no longer be able to obtain supplies of the popular black USBBK Safety Bobcat style which has been a big hit with, amongst others, fire fighters (worldwide) as a versatile Station Boot.
All supplies of this style will, in future, go to the USA where they will be sold for higher prices than those I and others have been offering. Aussie customers and others round the world who order from me will just have to miss out on this excellent boot!
So - what to do if you want some?
First, get in quick as I can still supply most sizes but once the current stock go that will be it.
Second, consider if the steel toe cap is really necessary as the regular UBBK Bobcat is not only still available but cheaper.
Third, ask yourself if your boot really HAS to be black as the claret (very dark brown) USBOK is in plentiful supply and looks very similar to the black USBBK in many cases - and apart from the color is identical.
Fourth, have a look at the lower cost USBBL Safety Bobcat - this is also black and structurally the same as the USBBK. The difference is in the type of leather used - it is a polished black (unlike the USBBK which is semi-matt when new and requires some effort to get a shine up) but with a dimpled 'pebbled' surface (sometimes called rambler) on the leather. The leather is very tough but, to be honest, not quite as high quality - hence the bargain price.
BUT, if none of those do it for you and you want a top quality steel toe capped (complying with US standards as well as Aussie ones), comfortable, black pull on boot then I have just the thing - the STEELBLUE HOBART (see my main www.bootsaustralia.com site). It costs a bit more than the Redback but it is money well spent as the quality is superb - and still works out cheaper than buying the USBBK from an 'official' US source.
SteelBlue's even come with an official manufactuer's COMFORT GUARANTEE so if you don't find them comfortable - send them back (some conditions do apply but they are very fair).
Guess what - no one has sent me a pair back yet!