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post #2056 of 3634
So I've been lurking here for a while, and have now read all 2,058 posts on this thread. I'd like to thank you all for the wealth of information & images; you've convinced me to invest. My Redwing 'Gentleman Travelers' (style# 9013) are about to bite the dust after three years of near-daily wear, two resolings, and one climb up an active volcano - the heels are loosening, but the leather around the ball of each foot is badly cracked (I discovered Obenauf's too late in the game) & I'd rather invest the money into a new, custom pair of boots than pay to get these resoled yet again only to have the lower fail completely.

I generally wear a size 12D, but judging from the distortion in both my GTs & steel-toed work boots (Redwing #3508) I think I'm on the outside edge of that width. So it might be good to go for an E, or try the #38 swing last on a pair of White's Semi-Dress.


As for specs, what I'm leaning toward now is-

-brown horsehide upper, lower, vamp, etc.

-no toe cap

-no celastic toe box

-no steel toe

-tan liner

-rollover top edge

-pull loops

-antique eyes with speed hooks

-close trim

-leather laces

-Vibram 430 sole

-#38 last

-no half-slip

-Cuban heel, standard height

-standard midsole

-brown edge

-No logo!


These are for everyday wear in four seasons of Chicago weather, with occasional off-road travel, forest hikes, & jaunts to Europe or rural Latin America. I walk & bike everywhere - haven't owned a car since '99 - so my shoes see a lot more (ab)use than those of the average American. I like the idea of a boot I can clean up for a dressier occasion, but form will be following function here.

I want the full Vibram composite sole as the half-sole on my GTs seemed to allow some major leather sole damage when salty snow came around (I usually wear Bean Boots in the snow, but getting caught out in winter weather here is inevitable). And no celastic so that the toe box will conform to my foot better for greater comfort - plan on putting many miles on these.


A few questions for you all-

a) Do White's affiliated dealers offer measuring for custom boots? Since we're talking near $500 here, I'd rather have the pros gauge my size than submit a trace for guessing. Unfortunately I see no trips to Spokane in my near future.

b) Can the Semi-Dress on a Swing Last be built to a height of 7" of 8"? (or conversely, can Bounty Hunters be built on a Swing Last?).

c) Can Bounty Hunters be made from brown Horse Hide?

d) Anyone have long-term experience with White's horsehide? How does it hold up?
post #2057 of 3634

Guys, thanks for the incomes. Actually, no way for me to try White's here in France... only chance is to compare with other boots and make a call to Kyle, as you suggest. Hope he really gives me some super affirmative feedback...

post #2058 of 3634
What is the difference in sizing between SD and SJ?

I need some taller boots for moped/motorcycle riding..I'm a 9EE in SD
post #2059 of 3634
If I wanted the SJ i'd imagine I can get same size in the 461 last (SD last/ bounty hunter) ?
post #2060 of 3634
Hi Knucks. You can if you are happy with the look of that last. Will make sizing a lot easier. Just for info, the SJ runs about .5 larger than the SD last and feels bigger throughout as it has a more volumous raised profile.
post #2061 of 3634
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Originally Posted by tavoz View Post

Guys, thanks for the incomes. Actually, no way for me to try White's here in France... only chance is to compare with other boots and make a call to Kyle, as you suggest. Hope he really gives me some super affirmative feedback...

Hi Tavoz, any other brands you know your sizing in for comparison purposes, it's a reasonable jump between a 9 and 10 even if the width is different.
post #2062 of 3634
just put in my order at bakers/kyle for basically this minus two different things. http://www.eastwestapparel.co.uk/Whites-Boots/semi-dress-brown-dress

really looking forward to them now the 8-10 week wait ffffuuuu.gif
post #2063 of 3634
Quote:
Originally Posted by crosswound View Post

just put in my order at bakers/kyle for basically this minus two different things. http://www.eastwestapparel.co.uk/Whites-Boots/semi-dress-brown-dress

really looking forward to them now the 8-10 week wait ffffuuuu.gif

 

Nice, good luck on the wait.

post #2064 of 3634

8-10 weeks?  That's bad but not so bad, I had to wait 13 and I'm sure others on here have horror stories of even longer - the good thing is once they come, all that waiting will be forgotten

 

 

And to the post before - I don't believe you can do bounty hunters in horsehide... baker's does semi-dress in horsehide but I think that's it.

post #2065 of 3634
yea he quoted me 8-10 weeks but i'm expecting it to be longer cheers.gif
post #2066 of 3634

While we are on the topic of wait time… When I ordered my boots I found something confusing on baker’s website for: Custom Semi Dress - Chrome Excel Leather

http://www.bakershoe.com/display-product.cfm/product/custom-semi-dress---chrome-excel-leather
 

It says:

“Make up time is 3-5 weeks.”

 

Is this possible? Or is that not including shipping time, etc..

post #2067 of 3634
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4characters View Post

While we are on the topic of wait time… When I ordered my boots I found something confusing on baker’s website for: Custom Semi Dress - Chrome Excel Leather
http://www.bakershoe.com/display-product.cfm/product/custom-semi-dress---chrome-excel-leather

 
It says:
“Make up time is 3-5 weeks.”

Is this possible? Or is that not including shipping time, etc..

Probably not. I'm pretty sure they put the wait time from when they first posted that boot configuration page. It's probably way outdated.
post #2068 of 3634

Ah, I see.

post #2069 of 3634

Does White's make any boots dressy enough for a business casual office setting?  Having a hard time finding a configuration that would work Semi-dress with non-celastic toe box or something?  Pretty sure that wasn't an option (EDIT: I might be thinking of the HH SDs only)

 

Looking at getting some boots for the fall that I can wear to and after work.  In the alternative going to get some Tricker's stow boots w/ danite soles, but don't have to be that dressy... don't want full leather soles, but maybe 1/2's.


Edited by tigerpac - 8/14/13 at 2:21pm
post #2070 of 3634

Pretty sure SD is available without the celastic toe - and the sence of dressiness really depends on the leather choice - water buffalo and french calf can be very dressy. Leather sole too...

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