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post #1 of 6
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Has anyone heard of these? Apparently they are an old Northhampton bootmaker. I am interested in buying these but don't want to take the plunge if the quality is inferior:

http://cgi.ebay.com/John-White-Handc...QQcmdZViewItem

Thanks!

post #2 of 6
Have looked at these numerous times. Would love to know the answer as well.

Gene
post #3 of 6
Had heard of the brand as a popular brand in the 60's-worn by my grandfather and great uncles.

found a pair on centipedes website:
http://centipede.web.fc2.com/johnwhite.html
post #4 of 6
They look like they are probably in the Loake class but at that price, why chance it? Get something tried and true like the Loake Chelseas, which will be cheaper during one of the many sales or go with this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/RM-Williams-Craf...QQcmdZViewItem
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by edmorel
They look like they are probably in the Loake class but at that price, why chance it? Get something tried and true like the Loake Chelseas, which will be cheaper during one of the many sales or go with this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/RM-Williams-Craf...QQcmdZViewItem

Ooh. New source for Williams boots. Thanks, ed.
post #6 of 6
Stay clear!

Maybe there was a time when John White produced reliable shoes. Not any more. It's the only English firm to produce Blake-stitched shoes as a cost cutting exercise. Not talking about the cheap and nasty leather.

You better stick with Loake in that price range; (Loake's prices are some 20%above John White's).

Actually the shoe on eBay is overpriced. It might be a Second;
http://www.shoesinternational.com/pr...id=225&start=1
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