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post #1891 of 5893

I missed the "insert image" icon in my first post, sorry for the .jpg's

post #1892 of 5893
Those are awesome! I wish my photography skills were as good as yours!
post #1893 of 5893

See lots of people going to Baker's. Anyone try to use White's directly? I noticed there are no prices on the site for the SD but there appear to be many more leather/color options but fewer eyelet, tongue, midsole, etc.... options.

 

Any experience getting the same kind of customization via Whites?

post #1894 of 5893
Whites or Bakers, it's the same thing with same options. I've done both, awesome service for both. No real benefit either way in my experience, but Bakers is nice for building/ordering online. To go direct with Whites you'll want to call.
post #1895 of 5893
Hi guys,

Just for comparison. Anybody have a link to what boots in Brown Smooth and Brown Oil Tan leather look like. I wanted to compare and see which is closest to Brown Chromexcel. I looked on rakuten, but they just say Brown not sure what type.

THanks,
post #1896 of 5893
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Originally Posted by slide13 View Post

Whites or Bakers, it's the same thing with same options. I've done both, awesome service for both. No real benefit either way in my experience, but Bakers is nice for building/ordering online. To go direct with Whites you'll want to call.

 



Thanks for the quick reply. Yeah, Whites has fewer options out in the open and first timer orders need to send in foot tracings, measurements too. Thanks again!  Will try out Baker's let you know how it turns out.

post #1897 of 5893
Scott,

Your new boots look great, and so do those Packers! Looks like you have an extra layer or two on the surface of the Packers. Bet they would clean up really well. I'd like to see pictures of the cleaned and oiled Packers next to the new Classic Work Boots to make that comparison. How do the boots feel on your feet when comparing 15 year old, well-worn boots to the brand new ones? I am still in the process of breaking in my SDs. They feel better and more conforming to my feet with every wearing.

Allan
post #1898 of 5893
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Originally Posted by palma View Post

Hi guys,

Just for comparison. Anybody have a link to what boots in Brown Smooth and Brown Oil Tan leather look like. I wanted to compare and see which is closest to Brown Chromexcel. I looked on rakuten, but they just say Brown not sure what type.

THanks,

http://blog.yahoo.com/_ZH63FOKAJQQU2CHSYAUXPVMKSE/articles/493400

 

Bottom pic

 

http://www.ultrasoundboots.com/productDetail.php?lang=EN&id=39


Edited by daizawaguy - 7/21/13 at 3:45am
post #1899 of 5893
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Originally Posted by palma View Post

Hi guys,

Just for comparison. Anybody have a link to what boots in Brown Smooth and Brown Oil Tan leather look like. I wanted to compare and see which is closest to Brown Chromexcel. I looked on rakuten, but they just say Brown not sure what type.

THanks,

I don't have any side-by-side photos, and I don't own anything in Brown Oil Tan, but my SJs are Brown Smooth and black roughout, and unless you're in bright light, the Brown Smooth is very dark, almost black. There are a few pics of my SJs back a few pages in this thread. In fact, when I received them I thought there was a mistake and they were built in all black leather. I think if you had a pair of boots in all Brown Smooth that most people would think they were black. Most of the online photos I see don't make the Brown Smooth look that dark because they have a lot of lighting.

Granted, leather color can vary a bit from lot to lot.

Andy B.
post #1900 of 5893

Allan,

 

Thanks!

 

I'll clean up those packers and send a photo.

As far as fit and comfort compared to the well worn boot.

I am 1,000% satisfied with my choice! The 461 last with more toe box room and -1/4" in the heel is exactly what I personally was looking for and needed.

 

I went a little overboard on day one break-in; I wore them for 14 hours, and luckily about 6 of those hours were sitting, or I would have been very sorry.

After an evening of recovery I wore them again the next day on a 300 mile 12 hour motorcycle ride/day. We are now one! The cowboy packers will probably be permanently retired.

 

Scott

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I went a little overboard on day one break-in; I wore them for 14 hours, and luckily about 6 of those hours were sitting, or I would have been very sorry.

After an evening of recovery I wore them again the next day on a 300 mile 12 hour motorcycle ride/day. We are now one!

Sounds like a couple of fun and exciting days.smile.gif

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Question about Horsehide vs cowhide.

 

I really dig the pictures posted here of the brown horsehide. However, I've also noticed that horsehide seems to have pretty prominent wrinkling/creasing after they've broken in. Is this a characteristic typical of horsehide?

 

I'm looking for a dark-medium brown leather that will take a bit of a shine. I've gotten several samples from White's and had pretty much decided on the Brown CXL. However, I am concerned about how it will wear in the long term. I believe it darkens with age, right? While I like the dress brown, it is so dark it might as well be black.

 

Any ideas?

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CXL isn't good if you're going to be rough on the boots or if you care about getting them dark.  It is a super comfortable leather with some great properties but it does darken pretty easily.

 

The dress brown actually seems to get lighter with time - maybe people on here have some pics of worn in dress brown... that might be your best bet

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Originally Posted by kenucklehead View Post

Question about Horsehide vs cowhide.

 

I really dig the pictures posted here of the brown horsehide. However, I've also noticed that horsehide seems to have pretty prominent wrinkling/creasing after they've broken in. Is this a characteristic typical of horsehide?

 

I'm looking for a dark-medium brown leather that will take a bit of a shine. I've gotten several samples from White's and had pretty much decided on the Brown CXL. However, I am concerned about how it will wear in the long term. I believe it darkens with age, right? While I like the dress brown, it is so dark it might as well be black.

 

Any ideas?


Kenucklehead -- I don't know if the wrinkling/creasing is characteristic of all horsehide, but there is some on my boots. I personally like the look as long as it does not become terribly pronounced over time. By comparison, the CXL becomes more and more creased and may eventually break through. I have never had that problem with any type of horsehide I have ever owned that is properly maintained. I have worn my boots quite a lot more now and have seen some additional creasing/wrinkling, but not much. I brush my boots (and other shoes) daily after wearing, and the horsehide keeps its beautiful, almost new, appearance day after day, unlike many other leathers. If I could go back and order any boots again, I would keep my order exactly the same. The horsehide SDs are probably the nicest pair of boots/shoes I have ever worn, and they are breaking in very well too. The comfort factor is high and increases every time I wear the boots; however, it may take months or even longer to reach the point of perfection where they are fully molded to my feet.

 

Scott -- I still want some Packers! You have any comments about the comfort of yours? I can't tell for sure -- which toe did you have, pointed or rounded?

 

I just wanted to mention that the Saddleback Leather Classic Briefcase in the background of some of my photos was the large size that looks fairly small next to my size 12.5 SDs (I normally wear size 13 in most footwear). Actually, I liked the size of the briefcase until I discovered it wouldn't hold my legal sized folders I need to carry. So, I sent it back and will be purchasing the XL size that is described by Saddleback as being made for "Pituitary Giant circus performers and men over 6' 5"." I'm only 6'1" and 190 pounds, but wearing my SDs with standard Cuban heel height I stand 6'3", so I'm not so far away from the height category. Besides, I carry briefcases that big all the time in my line of work, and it will look more normal with my circus performer sized shoes. smile.gif

 

Allan


Edited by Okal - 7/22/13 at 5:19pm
post #1905 of 5893

@tigerpac

 

I'm not worried about darkening. I just don't want black for the boots I'm thinking of. I did see a few older dress browns and thought they were black. I like the leather but just don't think it's the right one for my custom order. I do like a rich, medium dark brown and the leathers I've seen that are the closest are the Brown CXL and the Brown HH.

 

@Allan

 

Thanks for the input. There was a photo (can't seem to find it) of a pair of brown HH next to a brown satchel. The brown was so rich and beautiful. It was this photo that got me thinking of using HH. Was that your photo? Do you have any recent photos to share?

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