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my mom’s Hunters:

 

 

 


Edited by 4characters - 6/29/13 at 10:12am
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

I know all the good cobblers in Seattle and Bellevue so if you need recs, I can give them. Also if you want to see any of my White's in person, just let me know. I'm in West Seattle

Yes!

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Originally Posted by Okal View Post

B-Ewing,

On the question of leather or rubber soles, I had to ask whether I was willing to trade a sole that looked better (leather) for one that was much more practical (rubber). My answer was "yes," so I went with rubber (700 sole). The 269 is a good compromise that gives much of the good profile of the leather with much of the practicality of the rubber. The 269 may not have the grip of some other soles, but it is a handsome bottom with that nice, tapered profile. Living in the wetter conditions of Seattle, like you do, I would think you'd have a difficult time choosing leather over rubber, but you know better than I do. With the various builds you have discussed, there's no way you can make a bad choice. If it feels right, go for it!

Allan

Allan, thx man. The 269 does seem to be the perfect middle ground. We'll see, I may decide to go with Blaster's suggestion on the thin rubber half soles... Hmm...
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Finally ordered a pair yesterday after a couple of months racking my brain over leather choices. Kyle was a great help and actually called me about 20 minutes after hitting the purchase button on the website.

Custom Semi Dress - Chrome Excel Leather Last Standard,Sole Vibram Composition Half Sole,Size - Length 11,Hardware Antique Eyes & Hooks,Edge Brown,Upper (Shaft) Leather Natural Chrome Excel by Horween,Midsole Double,Pull Loops No Thanks,Leather Liner Cream,Sole Trim Close Trim,Toe Vamp Leather Natural Chrome Excel by Horween,Size -Width D (medium),Toe Cap Leather Toe Cap (only available on plain toe style), Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe,Heel Base Standard

I changed the sole to the commando mini lug half. Its going to be a long wait. When i get the new ones in i will be sending in my current SD's to change the soles from the single leather to a double mid with the commando mini lug half. I really like how it looksand seems to make the boot more usable.
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my mom’s Hunters:











Cool family smile.gif thx for sharing
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smile.gif My Dad's Lace-To-Toe Smokejumpers and his Packers with custom stitching...

 

 

My Dad's custom White’s Packers next to my Elephant Hide Tony Lama boots that my Dad gave me...

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I am planning an order for some smoke jumpers. Here is what I've been leaning towards so far. Any insight on leather choice will be highly appreciated. I want something close to maintenance for riding my motorcycle.

 

Also I am having trouble picking a height and sticking to it. I think 10" would be fine but currently keep thinking I may prefer 12". I have 11" redwing engineer boots I wear and my pants rise up near the top while riding. Any reason why or why not to go taller?

 

Any reason why I should order lace to toe or not? I simply don't know if it looks better or worse. I was like this with cuban heels and when my sd's arrived it was not a big deal at all and now block heels look/feel weird.

 

Would a cap toe on a non lace to toe look good?

 

Thanks in advance guys!

 

BAKERS BOOTS


Edited by Brian Itzaina - 7/1/13 at 11:15am
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I wouldn't go any taller than 10" if I were you, Brian. My SJs are standard 8" and i can cuff my jeans up pretty high without clearing the top.

The difference between engineers and smokejumpers is that the shafts will slouch at least an inch with the engineers after heavy wear. You're not going to see a cm of slouching in lace ups. Plus, I sort of think of hairy chested men in black leather when boots get too high biggrin.gifwink.gif

Re lace to toe and cap toe options: im partial to lace to toe, myself, but not not cap toes on SJs. to me, i think lace to toe captures the work boot aesthic while toe caps seems more dressy.

just my two pesos though! Glad to hear there are other SJ fans on here smile.gif
Edited by b-ewing - 7/1/13 at 3:26pm
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

I wouldn't go any taller than 10" if I were you, Brian. My SJs are standard 8" and i can cuff my jeans up pretty high without clearing the top.

The difference between engineers and smokejumpers is that the shafts will slouch at least an inch with the engineers after heavy wear. You're not going to see a cm of slouching in lace ups. Plus, I sort of think of hairy chested me in black leather when boots get too high biggrin.gifwink.gif

Re lace to toe and cap toe options: im partial to lace to toe, myself, but not not cap toes on SJs. to me, i think lace to toe captures the work boot aesthic while toe caps seems more dressy.

just my two pesos though! Glad to hear there are other SJ fans on here smile.gif

Very helpful words b.

 

I am working with Kyle at bakers he suggested 12" and that's really what I was thinking in my head. I and only 5'9" with a 32.5" inseam although I have a 28" waist so any jeans I enjoy wearing max out at 32 in length. As soon as I sit down or straddle my bike my pants scoot up 6 inches haha. That's why I just bought 11" engineers but I am not 100% satisfied for this specific scenario. I wear my 11" engineers daily and I wouldn't mind another inch (they're only a few weeks old so the slouch is barely beginning although I understood your analogy)

 

I have only seen one pair with a cap toe and I didn't know what to think so good point. I can't decide on lace to toe or not. I think I just may to set them aside from my SD's and other boots. Plus with lace to toe you will be seeing more red dog leather which I like since I really like the combo with brown.

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Brian,

You're on a good track with the boots. Any of those builds will look good, so just go with what feels right. Using the oiled, smooth leather is definitely the right choice for boots that will be subjected to life on a motorcycle. I'm not a big fan of tall boots because they aren't comfortable to me, so I personally would go with the 10 inch. Since the boots are under your jeans, height doesn't matter from an aesthetic standpoint. If you need the height to keep your legs covered, I say you should go for the 12 inch. I have many boots that are lace to toe, and many that aren't. The advantage of lace to toe is adjusting the fit around the ball of my foot, which is a concern in a hiking boot, but not so much in a motorcycle boot. The toe cap is just a taste thing. I got it on my SDs to dress them up a little. I probably would forego them on SJs, but they look nice. Whatever options you pick will be great with the basic build you are contemplating. Send Kyle your money and get on the order list!

Allan
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Here to share a few pictures of some awesome SJ i found on the facebook page of ultrasound boots. Totally fell in love with brown CXL after looking at it.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151342516260549.518540.198093005548&type=3
 

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https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151282997285549.510900.198093005548&type=3

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Originally Posted by Okal View Post

Brian,

You're on a good track with the boots. Any of those builds will look good, so just go with what feels right. Using the oiled, smooth leather is definitely the right choice for boots that will be subjected to life on a motorcycle. I'm not a big fan of tall boots because they aren't comfortable to me, so I personally would go with the 10 inch. Since the boots are under your jeans, height doesn't matter from an aesthetic standpoint. If you need the height to keep your legs covered, I say you should go for the 12 inch. I have many boots that are lace to toe, and many that aren't. The advantage of lace to toe is adjusting the fit around the ball of my foot, which is a concern in a hiking boot, but not so much in a motorcycle boot. The toe cap is just a taste thing. I got it on my SDs to dress them up a little. I probably would forego them on SJs, but they look nice. Whatever options you pick will be great with the basic build you are contemplating. Send Kyle your money and get on the order list!

Allan

Thanks Allan!

 

Here is the final decision maker:

 

1) Lace to toe/Steel toe/Single midsole/100 lug

2) Lace to toe/Double celastic toe/403 lug

 

uggggh I don't know...

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Originally Posted by Brian Itzaina View Post

Thanks Allan!

Here is the final decision maker:

1) Lace to toe/Steel toe/Single midsole/100 lug
2) Lace to toe/Double celastic toe/403 lug

uggggh I don't know...

I also ordered some SJs for motorcycle riding. I'm about 8 weeks into my wait and it's killing me! I also struggled with the choice between the 100 and 430. Ultimately I went with the 100 figuring it would give me better traction. (And it simply offers a different look that my SDs which have a 700 sole.)

You are putting together some pretty shit-kicking boots. I think the 100 will suit them.

As for the steel toe, the choice is yours. Put personally I don't like them on a motorcycle boot. I like to be able to feel the gear shifter.
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White's semi-dress w/block heel and natural CXL at six months, right after a light shot of renovateur and a brushing.
Should have taken a pic before treatment and without trees... they were looking seriously nice and beat!
Tho I'm also happy with how they look all polished up.



post #1829 of 4480
My vote is 2), with single natural color (will patina up nicely) midsoles.

Also, I would think that double celastic would be much more comfortable in terms of weight than steel toe, without compromising the safety feature
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@meso, Looking real good man! I really like the look of the standard trim on the non-cap toe SDs

That the standard block heel, not lowered, correct? Also, 269 soles?
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