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post #1861 of 4505
Originally Posted by 4characters View Post

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 #1862 of 4505

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 #1863 of 4505
Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

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


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 #1864 of 4505
@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.
post #1865 of 4505

Okay, here are some pictures of my brown horsehide semi-dress boots. The first few pictures are after I only wore them inside the house to make sure they fit properly so I could try to send them back if they didn't. The good news is that they were perfect on me, except for needing to be broken-in and molded specifically to the form of my individual feet. You can see the boots are barely creased. The next set of pictures will be after a long day of wearing around on pavement, in the car, in the office, etc., but even then you will see they are just beginning to break in a little.


Horsehide Semi-dress 1 photo IMG_1475.jpg

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I tried to take this first set of pictures from a variety of angles and in various lighting conditions so the full range of color and profiles could be seen. I still had problems showing the depth and pattern of the beautiful horsehide. You have to see it live to appreciate how good it looks and how sturdy it feels. I'll post the second set of pictures momentarily.



post #1866 of 4505

Here is the second set of pictures that I talked about in my last post as having been taken after a long day wearing them around the office, the pavement, the car, the house, and elsewhere. I photographed them with my other latest purchase, a Saddleback Classic Briefcase in Dark Coffee Brown. The briefcase gives a good color comparison with the brown horsehide.




Brown Horsehide Semi-dress 9 photo IMG_1483.jpg

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Brown Horsehide Semi-dress 1 photo IMG_1484.jpg

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Edited by Okal - 7/6/13 at 11:36am
post #1867 of 4505

Thanks guys for all the help and input. Regarding the arch ease, my dad was actually prescribed White’s boots for his flat feet by a foot doctor. I talked to White’s and they say the 5’’ should be fine, especially when considering I usually ware about 4’’ sneakers. They did say that the higher the better for ankle support though. I think I will most likely get some SJs or BHs someday. I have found the 10’’ to be quite nice by trying on my dad’s custom packers and SJs.


For now I think I will replace my old sneakers with pure classic American art…. 5’’ SD in navy CXL with crème liner and medallion toecap. I am just so excited! The boots I have decided on will cost more than my motorcycle did, but they will be my pride and joy! My hands are just trembling at the thought.


Allen: your shoes are beautiful, nice pictures.

post #1868 of 4505
Allan, those are awesome! Can you remind me what the specs were again ? I'm feeling lazy biggrin.gif
post #1869 of 4505
Allan, those are fantastic. May have to pick up another pair of white's after all!
post #1870 of 4505

Hey, b-ewing I got an email response from White’s: The Vintage boot is made in the USA. It is just not all hand-made and hand stitched (White’s customer service).”


Turns out the email was marked as spam, but I still found it alright…

post #1871 of 4505
Here it is, B-Ewing:
Originally Posted by Okal View Post

I was notified by Baker's that my horsehide SDs are in the build process and should be completed sometime next week or soon thereafter. Then White's ships the boots to Baker's who inspects them then sends them on to me. So, I should have my new boots on my feet in the next couple weeks! Here is my build:

Horse Hide Semi Dress by White's - 2332HH
Toe Cap Leather Color Brown Horse Hide
Sole Vibram 700
Size - Length 12.5
Hardware All Antique Eyes
Edge Brown
Upper (Shaft) Leather Brown Horse Hide
Midsole Single
Pull Loops No Thanks
Last Standard
Sole Trim Close Trim
Toe Vamp Leather Brown Horse Hide
Heel Base Standard Curve
Heel Lifts Standard Height
Size - Width: Ball C, Heel B
Toe Cap Leather Toe Cap (only available on plain toe style)
Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe
Leather Liner Cream

Nothing too fancy except for the narrow heel and medium ball that requires White's to build a special last for my boots. That's why I'm paying for custom boots, which makes the price I'm being charged reasonable, even with the added cost of the special last. I just hope they fit well, as I have been assured they will. Baker's and White's both have my tracings and my measurements. Fortunately, my feet are virtual mirror images of one another, so if one boot fits, the other almost certainly will too.

post #1872 of 4505
Originally Posted by 4characters View Post

Hey, b-ewing I got an email response from White’s: The Vintage boot is made in the USA. It is just not all hand-made and hand stitched (White’s customer service).”

Turns out the email was marked as spam, but I still found it alright…

Originally Posted by Okal View Post

Here it is, B-Ewing:

Thx gents!
Edited by b-ewing - 7/6/13 at 11:26pm
post #1873 of 4505

Those are BEAUTIFUL! You are going to force me to get another pair of White's in HH. biggrin.gif

Andy B.
post #1874 of 4505

I just cleaned, dusted, oiled, polished, and put new laces in my mom’s Hunters and they are looking fine!

I can really see why so many people like the standard oil tanned leather so much.










The White’s boot oil just came today and it has the most wonderful applicator… It’s a fuzzy ball that is really great for getting the oil into the welt and allows just the perfect amount of oil (no drips) to go on the boots.

Edited by 4characters - 7/6/13 at 8:06pm
post #1875 of 4505



That is a classic, beautiful pair of boots.

Well Done!



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