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A couple of photos found on my computer...

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And some new British Tan SD's came in as well. Here's the specs and photos.

Last Standard, Sole Leather, Size - Length 11, Hardware All Antique Eyes, Edge Natural, Upper (Shaft) Leather British Tan, Midsole Single, Pull Loops No Thanks, Leather Liner Tan, Sole Trim Close Trim, Toe Vamp Leather British Tan, Size - Width D (medium), Toe Cap Leather Toe Cap (only available on plain toe style), Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe, Heel Base 90 Degree Blocked off Heel (Traveler)





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Bl@ster, both pairs look very good, but the British tan SDs with the toe caps are easily the better of the two. In fact, they are outstanding. I don't like the look of the block heel in the standard height, but it looks really nice when lowered 1/4". I like the standard height curve (Cuban) heel best, and the curve lowered 1/4" also looks good. I'm about even on the two styles of lowered heels, and your new shoes demonstrate those good looks well. Congratulations on the recent additions to your foot wardrobe.

Allan
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Thanks Allan.

I want to add a third set to the record that I just took delivery on. This may seem like overkill, but I think it's important to document the options and leather. It's been very helpful to search this thread to see what various leathers look like on White's boots before choosing a config.

Anyway, here's the config and photos:

•Leather: Brown Dress
•Celastic Toe Box: Single
•Steel Toe: No
•Leather Liner: Tan
•Pull Loop: No
•Eyelet Color: Antique
•Sole Trim: Close Trim
•Eyelet Configuration : Eyelet
•Sole: Leather
•Heel Shape: Curve
•Heel Height: Minus 1/4"
•Last: Standard
•Midsole: Standard
•Midsole/Edge Color: Brown






Edited by bl@ster - 5/8/13 at 12:39am
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Thanks Allan.

I want to add a third set to the record that I just took delivery on. This may seem like overkill, but I think it's important to document the options and leather. It's been very helpful to search this thread to see what various leathers look like on White's boots before choosing a config.

Anyway, here's the config and photos:

•Leather: Brown Dress
•Celastic Toe Box: Single
•Steel Toe: No
•Leather Liner: Tan
•Pull Loop: No
•Eyelet Color: Antique
•Sole Trim: Close Trim
•Eyelet Configuration : Eyelet
•Sole: Leather
•Heel Shape: Curve
•Heel Height: Minus 1/4"
•Last: Standard
•Midsole: Standard
•Midsole/Edge Color: Natural






The configuration details are very much appreciated. Thank you for posting.
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A couple of photos found on my computer...

How are you liking the close trim with the vibram sole on the brown pair? I haven't quite warmed up to the standard trim but am still deciding between the two. Probably over thinking it but just curious what you think,
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bl@ster you got 3 pairs at once? lucky son of a bitch.

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jesus bl@ster how many pairs do you own
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jesus bl@ster how many pairs do you own

Not enough. Gotta collect 'em all, bro!
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Bl@ster,

Do you ever have any trouble with dye from the tan liner bleeding onto your socks? I ordered my boots with the cream lining to prevent that, but I like the looks of the tan lining better. Also, could you describe the difference in the way the shoes feel with the standard curve heel, the lowered curve heel and the lowered block heel? You seem to prefer the lowered heels. I would like to know why if you would share that with us. I really like all of your White's boots. I ordered the brown horse hide with toe caps. I can't remember if you own a pair of horse hide boots too. Do you have a favorite among your many pairs of White's boots?

Many thanks,

Allan
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Okay, Bl@ster, I just did a search and saw that you did, indeed, get a pair of beautiful horse hide SDs in February 2012. How do you like them compared to the other leathers? Do you have current pictures of them so we can see how they have worn? You obviously like the SDs to have ordered so many pairs!

Allan
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Yeah, my horsehides are right here:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/219173/custom-whites-boots-thoughts/360#post_5182953

I've never had a problem with the tan leather lining bleeding to my socks. Yet, I usually wear brown/tan socks so I probably wouldn't know if I did anyway. I'm not a fan of the regular "arch ease" height of the heel (whether Cuban or blocked off) just due to the height. My first pair was with the standard height heel and it felt like I was wearing high heels. My next pair I had lowered and this felt better to me and more in line with Red Wing and Wolverine 1k Mile boots. It's just a personal preference... some say the lowered heel kills the look of White's semi dress and maybe there's something to that. But I'm willing to make the aesthetic tradeoff w/ the lowered heel.

As for my favorites, that'd have to be the "Classic Brown" SD's. You can see them here:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/219173/custom-whites-boots-thoughts/840#post_5832817

I just feel like I got the whole config right on these and the classic brown leather is just amazing. A close second are the horsehides.

As for what's coming up... I have a pair of Semi-Dress in Brown Bison leather on order. That should be interesting -- I'll also post those pics when they arrive. In addition (!) I've started to experiment with the White's "Classic Workboot" with another #8 Chromeexcel on order that's going to be VERY interesting. They are basically going to match/emulate these Horseman Joe boots from the Red Wing Euro blog which blew me away:

http://redwing1905.blogspot.com/2013/04/thegracyboys.html




Here's the config I submitted in order to match those. Think I got it about right?

White's Classic Work Boot
Sole Leather, Heel Lifts Standard, Edge Brown, Upper (Shaft) Leather #8 Burgundy Chrome Excel by Horween, Midsole Double, Toe Cap No Thanks, Leather Liner Tan, Sole Trim Close Trim, Toe Vamp Leather #8 Burgundy Chrome Excel by Horween, Heel Base Standard, Hardware All Antique Eyes, Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe, Lace Design Plain Toe, Counter Leather #8 Burgundy Chrome Excel by Horween, Height 6"

I'll post photos of them when they come in (8-10 weeks at the moment due to fire season for White's).
Edited by bl@ster - 4/29/13 at 1:45am
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Hi Bl@aster, thanks for your recent posts, very helpfull. I still haven't decided the configuration of my first pair, you maybe help me to figure out something: I see on your pics that brown smooth seems kind of thick, more than dress leather, right? What pair feels better on wear, in your opinion? I personnally want oil tanned leather, wich is "smooth" leather, 7-8 oz., usually used for smokejumpers? But it looks really thick, maybe too much for urban use...

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Bl@ster,

I have lost count of all the White's boots you own, have on order, and are getting ready to order, but they all look good to me. The new Classic Work Boots in burgundy chrome excel are going to be very heavy-duty, but will be very attractive too. I noticed you are getting the curve heel in standard height, thus going back to "high heels." That would suggest either that you are not too averse to the greater heel height or you are willing to deal with an uncomfortable boot in order to achieve the look you like. Since I ordered my HH SDs with the standard height curve heel too, I am hoping I won't regret the extra heel height. I certainly don't think that the lowered heel kills the looks of the SDs, and I would gladly wear boots as beautiful as yours with the lowered heels if they were significantly more comfortable. Except for cowboy boots, I have never had heels as high as the standard height anyway. The Arch Ease system may just be a marketing tool, but I was convinced it would be more comfortable. Perhaps I am just drinking the Koolaid by believing the marketing hype. From an appearance standpoint, the lowered heel is almost as attractive as the standard height, and I am definitely not a purist who thinks that if I don't get the standard height heel, I shouldn't being buying White's boots.

I would sure like to see pictures of your various boots now that they have some wear on them, several of them a year or so. There is nothing better than a great fitting pair of broken-in boots, but I haven't seen all that many on here. Lots of new ones though, and I am grateful to those who took the time to post them. Your Classic Brown boots are nice. The dry tanning sounds like a good process for a boot that will gain more and more character over time. I'm happy to know that your horse hide boots are a close second, since they will be my first pair.

Hopefully, no one will break into your house and take the small fortune in White's boots from your closet. You are fortunate to have such an impressive assortment to wear. Enjoy them.

Allan
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Originally Posted by tavoz View Post

Hi Bl@aster, thanks for your recent posts, very helpfull. I still haven't decided the configuration of my first pair, you maybe help me to figure out something: I see on your pics that brown smooth seems kind of thick, more than dress leather, right? What pair feels better on wear, in your opinion? I personnally want oil tanned leather, wich is "smooth" leather, 7-8 oz., usually used for smokejumpers? But it looks really thick, maybe too much for urban use...

The "brown smooth" and "brown dress" feel like the same thickness to me. I can't be sure though so I'd ask Kyle at Baker's this question. They both feel the same on wear. I don't think the smooth leather is too thick for urban wear -- hey it's a unban jungle out there!
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Bl@ster,

I have lost count of all the White's boots you own, have on order, and are getting ready to order, but they all look good to me. The new Classic Work Boots in burgundy chrome excel are going to be very heavy-duty, but will be very attractive too. I noticed you are getting the curve heel in standard height, thus going back to "high heels." That would suggest either that you are not too averse to the greater heel height or you are willing to deal with an uncomfortable boot in order to achieve the look you like.

Yes, I did decide to go with the standard height heel on this particular pair since the boots I'm trying to emulate are a little more rugged and workmanlike. I did want to nail the aesthetics, so we'll see how that goes. I do have a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile Austen boots, which have a high heel -- so I think I should be fine.

Here are my Austens:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/163864/wolverine-1000-mile-boot-review/990#post_5132578
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Hi Tavoz, just for info, Brown Smooth is a thicker leather, quite similar to CXL in comparison to dress leather but you will barely feel any difference when they're on have been worn a bit. Have a look at leather samples on my website. J.
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