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post #1936 of 3630

Great pics, really shows what a good cleaning can do.

post #1937 of 3630
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Originally Posted by 4characters View Post

Wow, those clean up really nicely! The patina looks great; the natural CXL is ageing very well. You are getting me thinking about the natural CXL…
Thanks for posting the pics!

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post #1938 of 3630
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I love my SDs, but I really wanted something with more ankle support. I ride my motorcycle to work everyday, and for me the SD just isn't substantial enough. The boots I typically wear are purpose built motorcycle boots. They are ugly and uncomfortable and I change into sneakers when I get to work.

But I figured some SJs would be the perfect boot to provide riding protection and all day comfort.

I read all 100+ pages. I debated chromexcel. I debated 8" vs 10". I debated Vibram 100 vs 430. Finally I came up with:
8" Lace to toe with false tongue
461 last
All distressed smooth leather
No liner
Cut top
Nickel hook and eyelet with and eyelet on top
Natural edge
Standard height cuban heel
Single midsole
Vibram 100 sole

I didn't even ask what the build time is. I almost don't want to know. But I will post pics when I get theses beasts!

I finally got these amazing boots today! I ordered them on May 7, shipped on July 10 and got to Boston on July 17. The leather smells so wonderful; it's supple, thick and oily.

I took a few pics in the afternoon light pouring through a window (including my SDs so they won't get too jealous) and a few out of the light but without a flash. The leather really is amazing.









post #1939 of 3630
Uni, those are out of this world! Congrats!
post #1940 of 3630
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Uni, those are out of this world! Congrats!

Thanks! My wife has been laughing at me for wearing them around the house ever since I got home.
post #1941 of 3630
univibe,

Those are beautiful! The smooth brown distressed leather is supposed to be second in durability only to the standard brown and black leathers White's uses for the Smokejumpers. Now I have to decide between horse hide and smooth distressed. I really like the looks of that leather.

Andy B.
post #1942 of 3630
Univibe88, congrats on some seriously badass boots!
post #1943 of 3630
Brian -- Cleaning the boots has already made a huge difference. The CXL leather will love you for giving it a bath. Now for the "body lotion". SnoSeal is pretty good, but it has petroleum in it that some folks claim is not good for the leather. I don't really know if that is a problem. Obenauf's, Pecard or Kennetrek would be my choices, all of which are very similar to one another in composition.

Uni -- Great looking boots. I have seen the distressed leather and really like it. Your shoe size must be small compared to my size 12.5.

Andy -- The distressed leather is one of my favorites and looks very good. However, it is a much more casual leather than the horsehide. If you're going for the tougher leather, the distressed leather is tough to beat. If you want to wear the boots with slacks, tie and jacket, the horsehide is the better hide - by far! You can't go wrong with either.

Allan
post #1944 of 3630
Brian - I agree that it's great to see your boots cleaned up. I recommend Obenauf's from personal experience. It's worth ordering some.

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.

b-ewing - Thanks!

Okal - They are a 9FF (yes, I said FF)
post #1945 of 3630

Very Impressed with the clean up Brian, they've gone from smokers lungs to given up and looking good. I am a smoker unfortunately. Also a ground crunching build Univibe, that leather in the full boot looks great, going to be in my next stock order. Cha's.

post #1946 of 3630

Uni,

 

Awesome Boot!

Your order date and delivery date make me excited; i ordered my classic work boot on May 20th.

I'm hoping my delivery time frame follows yours.

post #1947 of 3630
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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.

Andy B.
post #1948 of 3630
Andy - thanks for the response. Not to worry, I wasn't taken back by your comment at all. I was just genuinely curious smile.gif. Thanks for your kind words about the photos. This thread was a huge help to me when deciding on these boots. I enjoy sharing pictures and participating in the discussion and sharing of knowledge in hopes that it helps someone else.
post #1949 of 3630
I have seen the smooth black and brown and the distressed leather all at the same time. If the distressed leather is any less durable, it is not by much. I wouldn't worry about the durability of the distressed leather at all, and it is exceptionally good looking for what it is designed to be -- a casual, lighter-colored, rough and tough type of leather. It doesn't hold a candle to the beauty of my horsehide boots, but not many leathers do. I can definitely say that if I wanted a pair of SDs, Farmer-Ranchers, or Packers for hard use and desired a nice patina with lots of coloration and use stains, I would heavily lean towards the distressed leather. And i love Uni's SJs in distressed (9FF!?! No wonder they look as wide as they are long! Hahahaha!!). As a matter of fact, a pair of one of those boots in distressed leather sounds really good to me!

Allan
post #1950 of 3630

I’m looking for leather care products to stock up on while I wait for my navy Chrome Excel boots to arrive.

Anyone hear heard about”Lexol NF Neatsfoot Leather Dressing It says: “Lexol NF is specially designed for today's vegetable and chrome tanned leathers” It also says it’s "non-darkening"...

 

Is it any good? Would Obenaufs be better? If so which Obenaufs leather product should I get?

 

Thanks guys

 

 

 

univibe88, nice smoke jumpers! FF?!!? Are ye man or are ye ox?

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