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post #1111 of 4606
I love Whites but their block heel is just too big and, well, blocky. I wonder if the could finish it a little slimmer on request, something closer to how Alden sizes their heels. Oh well, I like the standard tapered heel anyway.
post #1112 of 4606

Hi guys - after lurking around here for some time, I wanted to jump in on this thread and share a few thoughts.

I've been a long time White's Boots lover. I’m so excited to have found this thread and so many other guys who have such amazing boots. You’ve really opened my eyes up to what they can do.

 

I have a pair of black smoke jumpers that I got about 8 years ago. I love them, but don't wear them much now. They're just too heavy and clunky for every day wear with the heavy lug sole.

 

Also, I've come around to not like their high arch & heel concept. For years and years I bought into the whole foot bed - arch support theory, and now I think it's all hog wash. I have very high arches and a neutral stance, and I've found that my feet and body are much happier in flat shoes with no arch "support". If it works for you, then great! I'm not trying to start an argument or change anyone's mind.

 

Anyway, back to White’s, I’m planning on sending my SJs back to White’s to get resoled and modified. I’m also going to ask them to drop the heel height and arch height as much as possible. Since these boots are already made, they can only take off a small amount without interfering with the integrity and fit of the boots.

 

I want to have the heavy lug sole removed, and go with a brown leather edges. Not sure if I want to go single of double leather. And I’m not sure about the finished outsole – I want to go with a half sole as I don’t like the look of the full length rubber running into the middle of the heel block (and it’s easier for future resoling). I prefer a Vibram lug pattern for traction, but don’t like White’s mini-Vibram as I don’t care for the lugs not going to the edges. I also want a Vibram heel base, and not sure if White’s offers something other than their SJ Vibram heel. I may end getting just leather from them and getting them outsoled at a local boot repair shop.

 

One final thought for now re: heels – I really prefer the look of their Cuban heel, but only in the full height version such as on SJs. On SD, I prefer a dropped, block heel, but as many people have pointed out, they don’t cut it close enough and it comes across as too blocky, especially in full height mode. I think a lowered cuban heel on a SD looks too insubstantial and just not right. If they can cut the heel closer, then I think a dropped block heel would look just right.

 

I’ll post some before and after pics of my SJs when I get around to sending them off to White’s. Cheers guys! mpp

post #1113 of 4606
Block heel look better with single leather sole (makes it lower). Personally I think it goes better with swing last too.
The block heel as well as the cuban can be made 1/4" lower in request.
post #1114 of 4606
^ that is true, I had a swing last booth w/ single leather sole and a block heel and it wasn't bad. Still a little bulky looking but better than other configs I've seen.

I don't like lowered heels though...they always look out of proportion to me and like the boot is tipping backwards.
post #1115 of 4606

I took a 10 mile walk today downtown in a new pair of Whites`s. I can confirm if the fit is right, these boots are good for the distance. And that was in a block/traveller heel - for those that claim its uncomfortable...

post #1116 of 4606
And they will become more and more comfortable as they mould to your feet.
post #1117 of 4606

What is the best way to order custome sd boots through whites?

I have received the booklet in the mail and filled out my measurements.

Do I call for custom? Or try to fill out the boot order form into a custom order list ans simply send it out?

 

thanks,

Brian.

post #1118 of 4606
I'd call, they are great to work with. I've done two orders direct and one through Bakers, all went very smoothly. I'd either call, or specify what you want online through Bakers.
post #1119 of 4606

Hey guys

Is this boot white's smokejumper or wesco jobmaster?

and what used option on this boot?

post #1120 of 4606
Hi guys,

I am thinking of getting a pair of White's Boots to look something like Yuketen Johnson Boot.



I was originally thinking it would be the semi dress with a medallion cap-toe, but someone suggested perhaps the Bounty Hunter with a captoe. Anyone, think the SD is the closer one? I am also planning on getting same vibram CHRISTY sole. I plan on wearing them in wet weather especially in the winter slurry. I am thinking the CHRISTY would be more durable than a leather sole. Any other pros and cons on rubber sole versus regular. Finally, I wear size 9D in Red Wing Classic Moc Toe Boot. Would you recommend the same size in White's since the sole is going to be the same as the one used on RW.

As for the color, the Horween Chromexcel that White's uses is closer to the Indy

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post #1121 of 4606

you will most likely need to get a 6" smoke jumper built on the northwest last.

 

The christy sole is fine, as long as you dont expect it to have great  traction in the snow and ice.  On wet concrete its generally pretty good, unless that concrete is polished or really smooth.  sidewalks are fine.  Its blows on wet grass and that kind of thing, but most soles short of a vibram 100 do as well, so yea.  

 

The chromexcel that Whites uses is not as lusterous as the CXL Alden uses, although I think its technically the same thing.  Just be aware that there are differences in each hide, so variations will occur.  

 

as far as size, dont waste you timer trying to figure it out on the internet.  trace your foot and send it to White's or Bakers.  That said.  I wear a 10 in Whites, and when I stand on the brannock device, I am right at the 10 line.  I have about a thumbs width of room up front when standing

post #1122 of 4606
^Thanks for the advice, but don't you think the toebox on the SJ would be much more bulbous and squared than a rounder shape that I prefer.

Edit: NVM I think the Northwest last does make a difference. For what its worth I thought these looked pretty close to what I was after, but not sure about the last. They are the Semi-Dress.



Edited by palma - 1/9/13 at 11:15am
post #1123 of 4606
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Originally Posted by palma View Post

Hi guys,
I am thinking of getting a pair of White's Boots to look something like Yuketen Johnson Boot.

I was originally thinking it would be the semi dress with a medallion cap-toe, but someone suggested perhaps the Bounty Hunter with a captoe. Anyone, think the SD is the closer one? I am also planning on getting same vibram CHRISTY sole. I plan on wearing them in wet weather especially in the winter slurry. I am thinking the CHRISTY would be more durable than a leather sole. Any other pros and cons on rubber sole versus regular. Finally, I wear size 9D in Red Wing Classic Moc Toe Boot. Would you recommend the same size in White's since the sole is going to be the same as the one used on RW.
As for the color, the Horween Chromexcel that White's uses is closer to the Indy
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Thanks,

The new Oakstreet Trench Boots look very similar to the Yuketen Johnson Boots.

post #1124 of 4606
Yea I love the look of the oak street trench boots.
post #1125 of 4606

Hello,first off thank's for all the great info and picture's on the whites boot's.I own two pair's of farmer/rancher's from white's.My latest pair is a 6" pair in dress brown.Iove'm,and i was wondering if anyone has owned a pair of white's in that leather,if so how do they wear?should i put some obernauf's on them?...just leave them alone and wear them?any advise is appreciated,and thank's.

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