I joined a while ago, but never posted. I figure this thread is as good as any to start.
I have three pairs of White's boots. I also own two pairs of Wescos and some various Red Wings. The materials and construction on the White's blows the rest away.
Left to right: Smoke Jumpers, Bounty Hunters, Original Packers
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Here is a look at the heels. I think there is some confusion in how these heels are referred to. The Smoke Jumper and Bounty Hunter heels would be best described as "logger heels". I believe all of White's boots have this heel except the Packers. The Packers have what would be best described as a "Cuban heel" that would be found on most cowboy boots. Here are a few comparison photos. All are the standard height.
Here is the Bounty Hunter and Packer heels
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And here is the Bounty Hunter and Smoke Jumper heels
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Something to consider if you get the double leather midsoles and Vibram 100 lug sole is that the stack of the sole material is too thick to sew through, so the midsoles are sewn on, and the lug sole is glued and screwed on. This was mentioned early on in this thread. I called White's to discuss this and they said they have had zero issues with soles separating using this construction. I went with the double midsole because I liked how it looked, no other reason.
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And finally, since these are handmade leather boots, the sizing isn't as consistent as say a pair of Nike athletic shoes produced on machines by the thousands. I think if you get a pair, you should be prepared to accept the fact that you may need to vary the thickness of socks you wear to adjust the fit. I'm not saying they will be off a full size, I'm just saying leather is a natural material that can stretch differently from hide to hide, and how the craftsman assembles the boots. The Packers are a size 10 B, the Bounty Hunters are 9.5 D, and the Smoke Jumpers are 9.5 E. All fit me as I wanted, but I wear heavy dress socks with the Packers, light hiking socks with the BH, and very thick wool socks with the SJ.
Top view of the three
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I received the Packers in December of 2009, the BH in March of 2010, and the SJ in Feb of 2013.
The Packers are the standard smooth black. The BH are Smooth Red Dog vamp and heel and Brown Bullhide shafts with white lining. The SJ are black rough out vamp and heel, and smooth brown shaft. All I do on the smooth leather is put on Obenauf's LP and brush them every now and then. I put a little Obenauf's on the black rough out, but not enough to completely flatten the nap.
This is definitely one of the best White's thread on any forum.