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I am curious about the difference between Chromexcel and Chromepak..?  Can anyone speak to it?  I've assumed they are very similar, though in pics Chromepak looks a bit less shiny.  But wonder what the differences in tanning and/or looks are...
+1 on wearing your new boots right out of the box for some time before thinking of treating them (even with CXL).   With regard to  Brian the Bootmaker resoling Vibergs, there's this:     These Oxfords would have come with a wedge sole, but with a heel and half sole they are totally transformed.  He describes it also as being converted to a "hand welted construction," which I am not sure is the same as Goodyear, but clearly is no longer a Viberg style stitch down. ...
 A good case can be made for White's dress brown as the "standard" White's leather, especially for the SDs.  It will be more  hardwearing than CXL, but will pick up some nice patina over the course of a year or two.  By all accounts, it will last more or less forever.  Not as dressy as the name implies, and a nice balance between workboot leather and casual (thinner than the oil tans) leather.  Check out the pic on the first page of this thread, by slide13, with dress...
 Thanks meso. They are almost my ideal black boot...
My BHs at the six month mark.  Worn only occasionally during the summer, but four or five times a week for the past two or more months.  Not particularly hard wear though I should say.       I had planned not to treat them for a while, but the other day I did get them wet and a little muddy, so cleaned with saddle soap and did a VSC treatment afterwards.   I still love these boots.  The only problem at all is that they are probably about a half size too big, even...
^^ Some great looking boots here!   Just curious:  I once tried on a pair of Tar Brown modifieds at Moulded Shoe, and they came with a pretty substantial removable insole, which I liked.  Do all modifieds have that insole, or was it just that model?
^^ Though some folks do distinguish between the sort of "loose grain" that appears to be prevalent on the cheaper CXL and the expected patina that will develop on any CXL.  Alden and OSB regularly are criticized for loose grain, whereas it seems much less of a problem with White's or Viberg.  Though it does seem to occur on Vibergs as well, including I would say the pic above.
The Mr Porter natural CXLs look pretty good.   Slighly off topic, but if it weren't for the fabric on the heels, I'd be very tempted by those Visvim mid cut boots that Mr Porter offers:  
 I don't think that White's actually makes a last based on your measurements (and can't imagine that Danner does); but rather, based on your measurements chooses the already existing last that should fit you... Isn't that right?
1. I would also say that the Indy boot barely counts as a workboot (I have a pair and like them a lot). When your pants cover them they look like shoes, and feel like them to me basically. And in fact before the movie they were known for decades as "high work shoes" -- a name I like. 2. Wish Whites had contrasting stitching like the Wescos above!
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