Yeah, my horsehides are right here:
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:
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:
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