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The horsehide is remarkably beautiful leather that is worth the extra cost. Everyone who has seen my boots comments on how gorgeous and well made they appear to be. Getting the HH is a decision I would never change. It looks perfect on the semi-dress boots, especially with the plain cap toes. These boots look very nice with slacks and a jacket -- and even a tie, when I'm forced to wear one. Of course, the boots look great with jeans or other casual long pants. I'll get some pictures up soon. Now I need to start putting together an order for a pair of White's Packers.
Edited by Okal - 7/4/13 at 10:40pm
Alright, already. 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.
I am looking to upgrade my order to a nicer boot that best meets my needs.. any tips for me?
- Comfort for flat feet
- Ankle support
- 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?
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
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):
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).