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post #1786 of 5399

Alright, already. shog[1].gif Pics coming up this weekend. I don't mean to be holding out on you, but I have never posted pictures on this site and need to figure out how to make it happen. I took pictures of the boots before I wore them and now want to get a few photos after putting some pavement time in them. They're not looking broken in much at all, but you can see some progress. I can tell you that pictures don't do justice to the sheer beauty of the boots.

 

Allan

post #1787 of 5399

I am looking to upgrade my order to a nicer boot that best meets my needs.. any tips for me?

Needs:

  • Comfort for flat feet
  • Ankle support
  • Durability
  • Could be used as a dress boot

 

 

My main choice so far:

Custom Semi Dress - Chrome Excel Leather

 

  • Size - Length 10.5 -D (medium)
  • Last Standard
  • Sole Vibram Composition Half Sole
  • Hardware Brass Eyes & Hooks
  • Edge Natural
  • Upper (Shaft) Leather Navy Chrome Excel by Horween
  • Midsole Single
  • Pull Loops Leather Pull Loops
  • Leather Liner Cream,
  • Sole Trim Close Trim
  • Toe Vamp Leather Navy Chrome Excel by Horween
  • Toe Cap Medallion Toe Cap
  • Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe
  • Heel Base Standard

 

 

Pros or cons? Any other boot I should look at?

 

Thanks smile.gif

post #1788 of 5399
@4characters,

another option is the Viberg 2030 last service boots, but they're about 2x the price... They're a bit dressier looking but way sturdier built than Alden's.

Personally, I'd stick with what you got, but would get double leather soles instead of the half soles personally. I have found that the 705s are pretty thick and look pretty tough, so it may be the wrong aesthic for a dress boot... Otherwise I'd go single mid with 269 outsoles.
Just my two cents smile.gif
post #1789 of 5399
Also excited to see navy CXL medallion cap toe boots- they sound killer!
post #1790 of 5399

How about the natural edge, is it easy to keep clean?  How is the ankle support of the 5’’ SD? Is the Celastic Toe annoying?

The navy blue CXL just blows my mind! I just have to have it...

This picture from supertalk.com also made a big difference in my decision making process (- the lowered heel):

 

 

Thanks B-ewing

post #1791 of 5399
That might be the lighting or a darker wax used but navy CXL looks a lot lighter than that in person. Looks nice though.
post #1792 of 5399
Dude I take back everything I said about the 705 half soles. Those look killer! I may very well follow your lead, in fact! That's like a perfect compromise for a lowere heel. ( also, you're making me reconsider medallion vs standard cap toes wink.gif )

I personally like the natural edges and think the color contrast would be awesome on a navy boot. Yes they're pretty easy to clean, but mind you they will patina and darken up a lot with age and wear. But for me that's half the fun:)

To your question on ankle support, no idea. You could also get 6" bounty hunters for a little extra, but my guess is you'll be fine. You said something about flat feet. You do know Whites are all built with a high arch last, right? Maybe it's a good thing or maybe it's a bad thing... Fwiw, I have pretty flat feet and used to wear orthotics for planter fasciitis- I find whites to be incredibly comfortable (and for me it only took minimal break in).
post #1793 of 5399
...And EWA, get them soft toe cap toes- I wanna see how the look and wear! biggrin.gifwink.gif
post #1794 of 5399
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

 get them soft toe cap toes

You mean non-Celastic toe?

post #1795 of 5399
Exactly
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Originally Posted by 4characters View Post

You mean non-Celastic toe?
post #1796 of 5399

I also think that a soft toe sounds better, but from what I’ve read the semi-dress is only available in Celastic toe(pretty sure)…. Well, I suppose White’s knows better than me anyway, so I’ll just go with it…

 

 

 

BTW: The White’s Vintage is a lower quality production boot that isn’t fully Hand Made, it is also mostly offered in CXL 3-5oz leather when standard is 7-8oz. they are still wonderful boots I’m sure, but defiantly more of an entry level boot.

 

The navy CXL semi-dress boots I want are also 3-5oz, but when lined they are thicker than the standard 7-8oz according to very helpful White’s boot rep.


Edited by 4characters - 7/5/13 at 6:43pm
post #1797 of 5399
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I also think that a soft toe sounds better, but from what I’ve read the semi-dress is only available in Celastic toe(pretty sure)…. Well, I suppose White’s knows better than me anyway, so I’ll just go with it…

You can definitely get em without. I'm on the fence as to yes or no. It'lll make the toe lower profile, but other than that, theres no real benefit as far as i can tell

Got some wesco engineers soft toe and its perfect because the toe will flatten out nicely with age... But I'm just not yet convinced that the standard SD last will age as gracefully. Am about 90% sure ill get mine with celastic.
Edited by b-ewing - 7/5/13 at 8:34pm
post #1798 of 5399

I think I’ll get the single Celastic so I don’t crease the toe-cap. That’s good to know though.smile.gif

post #1799 of 5399
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To your question on ankle support, no idea. You could also get 6" bounty hunters for a little extra,.

@4characters

I am not sure what your requirements are for ankle support, but I was going to make the same recommendation about 6" bounty hunters. In case you don't know, the bounty hunter is a smoke jumber made on the semi-dress last.

I have SD and I don't like them for ankle support. If I am doing anything that requires some ankle support (motorcycle riding, hiking, etc) I will wear a different boot. The BH at 6" will look basically the same as the SD with your pants pulled over the top, but the extra inch will give more ankle support.
post #1800 of 5399
@4characters just a word of caution the whites arch ease system is fantastic for those that have average to high arches but may not be great for someone with a flat foot, I would highly encourage you to call baker's boits or whites and getting their insight. I think the northwest last has lower arches but is only available with certain boot/sole combinations. Viberg's have lower arches and a lower heel which may be better suited to your foot. I have an average to high arch and the whites are the best thing to happen to my feet.
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