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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…
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edited by Okal - 7/6/13 at 11:36am
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.
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
Upper (Shaft) Leather Brown Horse Hide
Pull Loops No Thanks
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.
Edited by b-ewing - 7/6/13 at 11:26pm