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Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts? - Page 142post #2116 of 85368/30/13 at 4:45pmpost #2117 of 85368/30/13 at 4:56pmpost #2118 of 85368/30/13 at 5:31pm6" cap toe no celastic BHs in british tan sound f^cking sick! Been debating cap toes sans the celastic for a long minute now (check back in this thread and you'll see). Get em and let me know your thoughts
Haha, not so fast my friend. British tan- 98.9% sure :Ppost #2119 of 85368/30/13 at 9:06pmpost #2120 of 85368/30/13 at 11:59pmpost #2121 of 85368/31/13 at 6:13ampost #2122 of 85368/31/13 at 6:21amQuote:Originally Posted by aaronjared
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....post #2123 of 85368/31/13 at 7:37ampost #2124 of 85368/31/13 at 8:08amQuote:
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 3:35pmpost #2125 of 85368/31/13 at 8:08ampost #2126 of 85368/31/13 at 8:37amHere are a couple of pictures from the Katahdin boot thread here on Styleforum showing some boots where the toe had been pushed down and partially collapsed with only finger pressure to obtain a lower profile. I like this look better than a completely soft toe. I'm not sure exactly what is used in the toe of the Katahdin boots -- celastic? They are pretty good boots but certainly not the quality of the White's. I'm only showing them here for the partially collapsed toes with caps. I'm pretty sure this can be done with the single celastic toe White's too. The White's boots that have single layer soft toes are just too soft for my taste. I haven't seen a pair with toe caps and no celastic. That might work with a stiffer leather that tends to hold its shape.
Allanpost #2127 of 85368/31/13 at 10:49am
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.post #2128 of 85368/31/13 at 2:23pmQuote:
For the Vintage boot the Brown is CXL, it's 3-5oz according to White's. Good leather...post #2129 of 85368/31/13 at 3:39pmThe White's Classic Work Boots come in black, brown, Red Dog and distressed OIL TANNED LEATHER and in black and brown CHROME EXCEL LEATHER. Check this link: http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=30674 . It sounds like what you got, Aaron, is the brown oil tanned leather, which is the toughest leather White's uses, and the high oil content in that leather is probably why the hydraulic fluid spots disappeared quickly. The standard oil tanned leathers are thicker and much more durable than the CXL, which is also a nice leather for less rigorous conditions.
Allanpost #2130 of 85368/31/13 at 3:48pm
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