(I ask with some trepidation...)
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Haha, not so fast my friend. British tan- 98.9% sure :P
I haven't been able to find anything in the entire thread discussing this topic. I currently have a pair of the vintage work boots which I do use for work, with the soft toe and I love them. I definitely want a cap toe for my dressier pair, but is the celastic toe necessary to hold the boot's shape?
You should find quite a bit on the celastic toe - it comes up from time to time. I personally dont like the look without it - iy looks like the front has collapsed, and after all the boot is meant to be sturdy and protect feet - but thats just a personal opinion....
I'd say it all depends on the last.
Nothing in my mind looks better than a pair of soft toe engineer boots like MF Road Champs or my wesco MP toes; same thing for some WWII boondockers. I have had hesitation with doing it on Whites SDs because I don't think the toe profile is low or pointy enough. Anything with a slightly "bump toe" needs celastic imo.
Edited by b-ewing - 9/3/13 at 3:35pm
Great info Okal! That is exactly the type of thing I was looking for! Thank you so much.
Is the British Tan a thick or thinner leather? If it's on the thinner side then I'll probably go with the celastic toe. I also have a pair of well worn Indy Boots which I'm about to send to get resoled, and I don't need a second pair of low profile boots in a similar vein of dressiness. I'm shooting for some hybrid combination of a pair of incredibly uncomfortable but beautiful boots, the Red Wing GT's and IR's (both of which I've sold due to the fact that I'm pretty sure they gave me the start of some plantar fasciitis; it's beyond comprehension that they haven't redesigned the fit of these boots to give fewer people problems).
To answer another question, my work boots are just described as "Brown". I ordered from the White's catalog and it was one of 4 options: black, brown, red dog, and distressed. It does look like brown CXL though, but the leather is quite thick and also unlined. It is an incredibly durable leather and highly stain resistant. They got lightly sprayed with some hydraulic fluid from a backhoe and the next day the spots were gone. I'm not a laborer though. I work in the railroad industry doing inspections and spend a lot of time walking the tracks, so the soft toe works for me.
For the Vintage boot the Brown is CXL, it's 3-5oz according to White's. Good leather...