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post #1726 of 3617

AT83 and Allen

 

I'm in no way discounting Bakers; they seem to provide a high level of service.

 

But I personally do not understand why a guy wouldn't just trace his foot and deal directly with Whites, if that is who's boot your buying? Specially if you have special needs in a last or at minimum concerns about needing a custom fit.

I have been dealing with Whites directly for over 15 years and have had nothing but top shelf service.My feet are significantly different enough that my left foot (due to a bad accident) requires some custom tooling. I have my 3rd pair of Whites on order as we speak, and although they have built  (2) other pairs for me; I feel my feet and my hard earned money are worth waiting a little extra time for Whites to look at my current tracings and decide what would fit best.

 

I have not been to Spokane to the retail center, so I cannot personally speak to that segment of the business. It's a bummer to hear another person on this thread had a bad experience in person.

 

Your AE's will likely be awesome too!

But if you are truly interested in Whites, I recommend following the old style procedure they have and deal "directly" with Whites.

 

Scott

post #1727 of 3617
Unless i am mistaken, Baker's has a guarentee fit program where White's directly does not.
post #1728 of 3617
Scott,

I had the benefit of both Baker's and White's looking at my tracings and measurements, so I don't believe I sacrificed anything by going through Baker's. The boots Baker's sent for me to try on were a big help, especially because I am somewhat between sizes and have a low instep that requires some adjustments in the fitting. As long as the fit is perfect on the first pair of boots, I don't suppose it makes any difference whether you go through White's directly as opposed to ordering though Baker's, but I have seen enough people who didn't get a good fit through White's and had to deal with that issue on their next order. That's what happened to me with Russell's, and my first pair never fit properly. I'm glad you got a good fit right off the bat. Hopefully, I will too by going through Baker's. If I do, my first pair of White's won't be my last.

B-Ewing -- I think you may be right. Baker's told me they would take care of me on the fit.

Allan
Edited by Okal - 6/19/13 at 10:32pm
post #1729 of 3617

B-Ewing, Allen

 

Good information, thank you.

Now I'm intrigued enough to want to talk to Bakers on my next order.

post #1730 of 3617
Can anyone convince me that whites offers a slicker brown than British Tan? This boot looks practically perfect to me
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post #1731 of 3617
Hi B-Ewing, what do you mean by slicker? All or pretty much all Browns available are sampled on the same site you got the pic from.
post #1732 of 3617
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Hi B-Ewing, what do you mean by slicker? All or pretty much all Browns available are sampled on the same site you got the pic from.

Haha, yeah I pulled that photo from your shop.

By slick I mean awesome (not shiny etc.) smile.gif I just think this is such a nice tone to it, and is on the top o my lists for leather on my future SD build. Was hoping to hear some feedback on the pros-cons, plus suggestions on other browns that will patina similarly. other current front runners are the natural CXL and the brown HH
post #1733 of 3617
That's a $50 charge for using the picture thank you muchly smile.gif

All 3 are great leathers, some have CXL fear as you might have read but the patina when aged is old-school hobnail, the British Tan is superb, heavy duty and although I've not got an aged pair, I know they will age beautifully.

And if you've got the budget, HH is HH, enough said really.
post #1734 of 3617
B-Ewing,

Love the looks of the British Tan. The only complaint I have seen about the leather is that it tends to "spot" easily. The best person to ask is Bl@ster who owns SDs in just about every brown leather White's offers. He's the authority. Bl@ster says his favorite is his Classic Brown pair. As you know, I chose HH.

Allan
post #1735 of 3617
@EWA, thx for the reply. Is British Tan about the same thickness as CXL?

Also, have you ever done a makeup of cap toes without a celastic toe box? I want a low profile toe, and was considering this option.
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The top is Nat CXL, second down is British Tan and the bottom one is Brown smooth. The CXL is definately thicker but when both on a boot I can't really tell the difference.

Haven't done a non celastic cap toe as of yet, but have been thinking about one for stock and/ or myself. Think it will be fine with the thicker leathers as the last will give it some lasting shape along with the thickness.

You're welcome by the way.
post #1737 of 3617

I was reading my white's boots catalog and standard White’s leather is 7-8oz. for CXL the catalog says full-grain leather. so is CXL 7-8oz leather? For many of the other leathers for the SD boots in the catalog also says mid-weight leather. I love how white's dosen't do any boots in light-weight leather.

post #1738 of 3617
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The top is Nat CXL, second down is British Tan and the bottom one is Brown smooth. The CXL is definately thicker but when both on a boot I can't really tell the difference.

Haven't done a non celastic cap toe as of yet, but have been thinking about one for stock and/ or myself. Think it will be fine with the thicker leathers as the last will give it some lasting shape along with the thickness.

You're welcome by the way.

@ewa, the pic is very helpful- I appreciate it.

In regards to a non-celastic cap toe, I was thinking that by leather lining the boots, it would even further mitigate long term shape problems. Don't you think? My main objective again is to get the lowest toe profile I can, but maybe it isn't worth it... I gotta imagine someone has done this before, no?
Edited by b-ewing - 6/20/13 at 12:26pm
post #1739 of 3617
I'm sure you have done already but a good google around might throw up a pic, I think Chris on the IH forum posted a non celastic cap toe within the last 20 pages also....

In my experience and judging by my stock boots, if you go with a thicker leather and line it you're not going to get any collapsed toe shaping problems at all, plus a lot of normal boots you see on the market use flimsy leather with no toe box and still manage to hd up okay.

Within the couple of weeks The shop will have shed loads of info on the custom boots page to help with certain questions with regards to lining the leathers etc...

Know you're in the US but happy to help as its all learning for me also.

J.
post #1740 of 3617

So tomorrow will be 12 weeks from when I ordered Bounty Hunters... Kyle has informed me Baker's expects to get them next week... which means it might be 13 weeks before I actually get the friggen things in hand.  Was given a 6-8 week timeframe when I ordered, I know those timetables can slip but this is annoying.

 

This is really souring me on White's....

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