And it would be nice to have more pictures of the various boots with some age and miles on them -- but well maintained. I love the look of broken-in boots that have received the care and attention they deserve. If soldiers could keep leather boots looking good, so can the rest of us with a little effort. New is great -- well worn, broken-in and supremely comfortable is even better.
They do look like CXL and are definitely awesome. It's nice to see some pictures of boots with some wear on them too, as a few of you have posted. Since White's are designed originally as work boots, looking at them after they have done work is gratifying. Anyone else who can show us his boots with a few miles on them? Particularly boots that have been well taken care of by treating them with respect after use? Bl@ster, you must have some gorgeous, well-maintained boots with some miles on them by now! You obviously are one who takes pride in his boots. How about a few pics of your stable of White's?
Yes, it's a brown cxl and I found it in a local store with my size...8.5E....the shop do receive custom made and has ordered some for direct sales...love at the first sight and I got it at once. I am wearing it at the moment..
This is an awesome thread! I have been a fan of White's boots for a few years and mostly followed/participated in the thread at FL. That thread is almost all SD. I like that this thread has a wider range of White's boots and some deeper info. For everyone's enjoyment, here are a few pics of my beloved SD.
I got them in Feb 2011. They are black cherry water buffalo with the swing last and a 700 half sole. I wasn't in love with the swing last when I first got the boots. It is wide and makes for a substantial look, especially with double-row stitching. But after I broke them in and got it used to it, I like it just fine now. It is definitely a very roomy toe box.
More than anything I think the swing last and double stitching makes for a more casual boot. At first I thought I would wear mine in a business casual setting with khakis and a sportcoat, but I found it didn't work for me. I think the standard last and a close trim is needed for that. So my SDs moved into a "jeans" role. Luckily my dress code at work has moved much more casual and I wear jeans almost every day now.
A month of wear:
A year of wear - you can see that the buffalo takes on a lot of wrinkles and texture. You can also see the thinness of the leather by looking at the tongue. The leather has scuffed rather significantly, but I have also allowed them to patina. The only treatment I give them is an periodic brushing and wiping with Obenauf's. I've never used any polish or cream. I haven't done any actual labor in these boots, but I think the buffalo has stood up well. I have no doubt it will last a long, long time. But as it is a thin leather, I wouldn't recommend it as a true work boot.
After shoveling snow this past winter. It's actually a terrible picture, but shows these boots can take some abuse!
My SDs are very comfortable. I've done an 8mile urban hike on cement and my feet felt great. I've also done 2-3 mile hikes on dirt/grass/mud. They aren't the perfect hiking boot, though. The ankle is too low (not enough support) and the traction on the 700 sole is minimal. But none of that is the boot's fault. I'm close to adding some SJs with 100 soles for that purpose. (Details to follow...this thread really helped me come up the specs I wanted.)
My SDs will remain the perfect casual, around town boot.
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.
Originally Posted by bl@ster
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!
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.