Thanks, I'm really enjoying them so far.
I love the 430 soles. I've had 3 pairs now with that sole. The 700 looks like it has less traction, but who knows.
That leather is amazing. Hands down my most favorite Whites leather.
I would say it's just as thick as all of the standard leathers. Def the thickest lightest brown leather for sure.
If you want something tough and durable do not get CXL.
It stretches very easily, breaks down quickly, dries out quickly, and it's not as hard wearing as the more straight forward leathers. IMHO, it's great for the uppers on boots or for dress shoes. I've had two pairs of Alden Indys, two pairs of Whites, a Yuketen belt, and a Tanner Goods wallet in CXL. It's just not meant for hard use. If you have 30 pairs of shoes/boots, sure, get that leather, but if you plan on working in them at all they won;t last as long as the traditional leathers.