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What are you waiting on?  I got my tracking info on Friday, and I'm looking forward to getting yet another pair of Bounty Hunters...this time in distressed roughout.  Just like the other 3 pairs that I own, they're 9" tall, with antique hooks and eyes, close trim w/ brown edges, lowered block heel, pull loop, and no logo, on a vibram 430 sole.  This pair, however, will be my first unlined pair, as I'm buying them for hiking in the summer months.
  Just for fun--and to make your choice a bit more difficult--I might recommend you think about Smooth Distressed, as well.  It's hearty and tough as can be (likely even tougher than Dress Brown, although both are damn tough), and it can look pretty similar to natural CXL, which you mentioned also being drawn to.  Depending on your needs, it could be the perfect in-between for you. Here's an album of mine in Smooth Distressed, ranging from new, to beat up after a really...
If you want to really adventure in them, the brown dress will be much tougher and heartier.  I own a pair of White's in #8CXL, and while it's definitely the thickest and most impressive CXL I've seen, the brown dress leather is just hard and tough as can be.  My Brown Dress BHs are likely now my favorite of my White's, and I've worn them all over the world on a whole lot of different adventures.  I can't recommend that leather enough (second place would be Smooth Distressed).
Here you go. There are a few things that this leaves out (standard vs close edge trim, heel type/height, pull loop, whether you want a logo, etc), but it's a good starting point.
If memory serves me right, Baker's is actually a bit cheaper than White's for a build like this, so you might as well order through them.  This way you're dealing with a company that specializes in customer service as well as still supporting White's...all while saving some money.  It was someone from White's who actually mentioned that certain builds are cheaper through Baker's than they are through White's to me.
Care to elaborate?  I'm intrigued as to why.  I've always had great experiences with them, but that certainly doesn't mean others are in the same boat.
Aside from height, there's also an extra piece of leather on the backstay (similar to a toecap, but on the rear) for added wear protection over time.
Brown Dress all day long.  The great thing about the dress leathers is the contrast that is revealed once you wear off the top layer a bit, and that lower layer is definitely brown.  I think black boots generally look good when they're black and grey all over, whereas 2 shades of contrasty brown just look awesome together.  If you want an all black boot, I think there are other options for black leather (black smooth, I'd say), but the brown dress is just downright...
Put some Obenauf's on the laces as soon as you get them.  That'll soften them up as well as increase tackiness a bit to help them stay tied. I've seen some pairs recently that hover around the 3 week mark, including one that was 18 days.
 That depends...how long of a trip are you talking about?
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