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post #1756 of 3625
Hope they work for you okal.

The strongest opinion and debate on Whites understandably seems to be heel configs with regards to looks and function/ comfort.

All I can really say is that the standard height does seem to feel more correct when it's on but I personally don't feel that the lowered feels wrong in any way. Once the leather "arch ease" settles to your foot shape I would still say it's the most glove like supportive boot I've worn.

In terms of looks, it's all preference but on me I like the lowered block more, don't feel I can carry off the Cuban as well as some others I've seen, plus I like low profile boots, they go with a lot more leg wear IMO.

Just my tuppence worth as we'd say.
post #1757 of 3625
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Originally Posted by EastWestApparel View Post



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.

Possible to get a top down view to do color comparison
post #1758 of 3625
Hi ffatt,

Take a look at the leather samples on the Eadt West Apparel website where they are all shown.

Cheers. J.
post #1759 of 3625
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

@EWA, I found the pics you referenced on IH here http://www.ironheart.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=989.2670

Good god those are ugly IMO! Maybe that's cos it's on the swing last? I dunno; rethinking this now... Hmm
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Yeah, it has an ugliness in a pug type of way. Don't let it put you off, a good leather will make it look a lot different. Think I will be ordering one for myself or stock at some point in the near future.

A lot of the Vibergs have non-toe box cap toes and they look v nice.
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Yeah man, im totally with you on the Vibergs. The 2030 service boot with brogue toe cap and no celastic, well worn looks amazing. You think the standard last SDs can achieve a similar look?
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'got the Viberg soft-toe semi-brogue on 2005 last & the SD HH x Bison TC+backstay on swing last w/celastic .... not for every1, i know, but i like the assortment + it serves a purpose for me.

IMO, for the toe-capped build up to work w/o celastic, the toe box has to be narrower & lower profiled.
post #1760 of 3625
@EastWest_ do you accept re-soling/resizing orders? if yes, 'ball park on the cost, plz?

tnx in advance.
post #1761 of 3625
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IMO, for the toe-capped build up to work w/o celastic, the toe box has to be narrower & lower profiled.

Thats kinda what ive been thinking as well.
post #1762 of 3625
Hi lllrd Icon, Fraid not at the moment, it's part of the plan for the future but not yet. Where are you based?
post #1763 of 3625
East West,

I'm apparently an idiot. Please provide me a link so I can find your website, or give me a better clue. I keep looking on the internet and end up with all sorts of dead ends.

Like you, I quite like the lowered block heels that are a fairly standard look for most of the boots and shoes I have worn all my life. I may very well end up with a pair of those too, but since the White's are designed around the higher, Cuban heel, and I am from cowboy country (Oklahoma) where such heels are very normal looking, I wanted to get those first, and maybe second too on a pair of Packers. My third pair could end up being some darker SDs with the lowered block heels where the versatility of wearing a wider selection of pants with the boots might be desirable. I'm going to live with the brown HH boots for awhile and see how I like them before I venture any farther into the White's line. I liken this to building a custom house -- just when you think you got it exactly the way you wanted it, you move into the house and figure out all sorts of things you wish you had done differently to fit your lifestyle and comfort. Hopefully, my SDs will be exactly what I anticipated, but I may need to tweak things on my next order like I did with my Russell boots. As an aside, the only custom footwear that were perfect out of the box on my first order were my Arrow Mocassins. Not for everyone, and certainly not appropriate for many uses, but they are the best buy in custom, handmade footwear of very high quality, if they fit your lifestyle -- and talk about great leather! But they aren't the kind of boots we are discussing in this thread and are not in competition with White's, that's for sure.

Another aside. I was looking at the Russell website last night and was reminded they will make boots from leather the customer provides, if it is of sufficient quality. I know that White's will do the same. Russell charges exactly the same price for the boots as if they had provided the basic leather. I'm not sure what White's would do on pricing. Obviously, some of the leather choices already available from White's will cause the boot prices to rise dramatically, like shell cordovan. Using customer supplied leathers opens up the leather selection quite a bit, but also ups the cost by the amount paid for the leather. I happen to already have some very tough, exotic leathers I could use, so for me it's a real option. Has anyone supplied his own leather to White's who can comment?

Allan
Edited by Okal - 6/22/13 at 7:08pm
post #1764 of 3625
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Custom Semi Dress by White's Boots

I placed my order with Baker's 1/15/2013 and received my boots 03/5/2013.

7 weeks was not tough to wait considering I was building my race bike at the same time.

Thanks to Kyle @ Baker's as well as everyone one on here for making it happen!

 

Specs & more photos can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/somuchforsale/sets/72157632921709021/

 

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3 months of daily wear and here we are. Haven't had a bad day in these yet!

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post #1765 of 3625
Brian,

The boots have taken on a wonderful patina. The natty excel looks outstanding, and the standard heels really set off the look. How are you liking the 430 soles? I'm starting to wish I had done those instead of the 700 soles, but whatever.

Allan
post #1766 of 3625
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freshly cleaned white's boutny hunters in brown cxl

IMG_0657 by jgomez541, on Flickr

Man, those look good!

Andy B.
post #1767 of 3625
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Hi lllrd Icon, Fraid not at the moment, it's part of the plan for the future but not yet. Where are you based?

aah, okey.... NYC
post #1768 of 3625
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Another aside. I was looking at the Russell website last night and was reminded they will make boots from leather the customer provides, if it is of sufficient quality. I know that White's will do the same. 
Allan

I didn't know White's would allow a customer to provide his/her own leather. Can anyone confirm this?

post #1769 of 3625
Hi again Allan (Okal)

I won't link the website on here as I don't want to upset anyone with advertising but it's East West Apparel, should throw it up on your search engine.... Look forward to a review and pics of your HH's. if I grew up in Cuban/ Cowboy-Heels-Ville I would go standard heel and maybe height all the way, I'm just comfortably conditioned to go for the lowered block look and feel. Although a cuban'd heel might be my next own build.

For sole repairs/ replacements in the US I'm sure whoever needs them has thought about it but direct to White's be you best option?

Own leathers sent to White's for a custom build: I don't know but I will ask and report back here.

Cheers.

J.
post #1770 of 3625
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Originally Posted by roknrolusa View Post

I didn't know White's would allow a customer to provide his/her own leather. Can anyone confirm this?

I can!

At 2:04, the white's rep says "Provide us the skin, we can do it"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=525qvmgO4Qs

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