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post #1366 of 5031

dont bother with the Wolverine's.  They are ballet slippers compared to Whites.  The one pair I had for all of 2 days basically fell apart on my feet.  Never looked back.  Every pair I have handled at a tore left a lot to be desired in terms of execution and QC.  YMMV, but I say bypass the Wolverine's and get the Whites

post #1367 of 5031
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Thank you EastWest for those samples. I hope your worked and worn pages get more photos. It would be great to see new and worn in boots next to each leather swatch.

I'm still debating my decision. I have a lot of trouble taking the proper fit on faith. I found 9.5 1000 miles to fit very well on Monday. I even found a place that's not too far of a drive that has the 744LTDs in stock. Trying to decide if I should drive down there but if I like them it's way more than I want to spend. Even the SDs are more than I was looking to spend but for really great foot support... It still might be the way to go.


For sizing I'd say talk to Kyle at Bakers and do their sizing sheet. I wasn't sure of my size and took their sizing recommendation and the fit is spot on.

post #1368 of 5031

I was browsing around online, and I found this pair of 4" Nicks Oxfords. These things look amazing.

 

post #1369 of 5031
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I don't have to, I loosen them up a bit and they come off. First few days were tight until they started breaking in. Here is a typical dismount.

Awesome, thanks.
post #1370 of 5031

My White's smokejumpers and Insulated Hunters after a fresh LP.
post #1371 of 5031

^ a SJ without toe reinforcement - quite a rare choice!

post #1372 of 5031
Do not like steel toes at all. As far as I know, that's they way they come unless you customize a pair. My hunters have the same toe.
post #1373 of 5031
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I was browsing around online, and I found this pair of 4" Nicks Oxfords. These things look amazing.




Going to have to disagree with you, sir. They look strange, at best.
post #1374 of 5031
^actually, my soft-toe SJ rough-outs are stock.



btw, maybe our resident leather care experts here can advise on how to condition rough-outs. i'd like to strip the "dubbing" off, w/c it had for the past 2 winters.
post #1375 of 5031
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Do not like steel toes at all. As far as I know, that's they way they come unless you customize a pair. My hunters have the same toe.

I'm sure he meant as opposed to the clastic (thin moldable plastic, has some give but gives the toe a structured look...found in most boots and dress shoes) toe reinforcement, not steel. Clastic is the most common choice for Whites that I see, though many do default to no reinforcement for some reason. I've had one pair without reinforcement and didn't care for it myself, but I know some like it. Single clastic is best for me.
post #1376 of 5031
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^actually, my soft-toe SJ rough-outs are stock.



btw, maybe our resident leather care experts here can advise on how to condition rough-outs. i'd like to strip the "dubbing" off, w/c it had for the past 2 winters.

I don't know that I've ever seen anyone condition rough-out--I always thought you just brush with a decent suede brush.

post #1377 of 5031
Interested in purchasing a pair of White's Semi-Dress boots.
Had a few questions....

How does sizing run?
I measure an 8D on the brannock device and take a 7/5D on the Alden Barrie/Truebalance lasts.
What size would you recommend?

Should I purchase direct from White's or go through Baker's?
post #1378 of 5031
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I'm sure he meant as opposed to the clastic (thin moldable plastic, has some give but gives the toe a structured look...found in most boots and dress shoes) toe reinforcement, not steel. Clastic is the most common choice for Whites that I see, though many do default to no reinforcement for some reason. I've had one pair without reinforcement and didn't care for it myself, but I know some like it. Single clastic is best for me.

 

The SJ's default to non-celastic because they are meant for wildland firefighters who need the extra flexibility in the toe for hiking. They also don't get worn out as fast.

post #1379 of 5031
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Originally Posted by fuzzyearlobes View Post

dont bother with the Wolverine's.  They are ballet slippers compared to Whites.  The one pair I had for all of 2 days basically fell apart on my feet.  Never looked back.  Every pair I have handled at a tore left a lot to be desired in terms of execution and QC.  YMMV, but I say bypass the Wolverine's and get the Whites

+1. Wolverines are fairly light and small in form factor compared with white's. And nowhere near as comfortable. I've owned three pairs of 1000 miles (they pop up cheap on ebay from time to time) and I always eventually sell them on.
post #1380 of 5031
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+1. Wolverines are fairly light and small in form factor compared with white's. And nowhere near as comfortable. I've owned three pairs of 1000 miles (they pop up cheap on ebay from time to time) and I always eventually sell them on.

 

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I've gone through plenty of Wolverines, Aldens and Red Wings boots. No more f'in' around. Next shoe purchase will be some White's SD's, dammit.

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