Originally Posted by univibe88
andy - Can you tell us more about the distressed being a notch down in stength? What makes it different? Bakers told me "The strongest leather is going to be any of their cowhide leathers that they offer. Black smooth, brown smooth, distressed and red dog." So I thought they were all equal.
That I couldn't tell you. When I talked to both Kyle at Baker's, and the techs at White's, they all said the smooth black and brown offered as standard leathers on the boots such as the SJs were the thickest and most durable. I asked what the lightest color brown leather was that was still one of the most durable, and both told me that the smooth distressed brown would be the next in line for durability.
I have never seen the smooth distressed brown in person, but my Packers are the standard smooth black leather, and my SJs are the standard black (only reversed for roughout) and smooth brown. All seem like exceptionally strong and supple leathers. In your photos (which are the best I've seen yet of a pair of boots in distressed brown), the leather looks the same as the smooth brown and black, so I would think they should be just as durable. I hope you didn't take my comment to mean that they were not durable. I think any cowhide from White's is going to be so many steps above most other boots that you will never wear them out if you take care of them.
As an aside, my BHs have the smooth red dog vamp and heel, and I don't think it is as thick as the smooth brown or black.