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I've had my Bounty Hunters with red dog vamp and heel counters for three years and wear them often. My SJs with the brown smooth uppers are less than a year old and I haven't worn them at all this summer. So I really can't comment on how durable the brown smooth is or how it will age, but I would expect since it is one of the two heaviest leathers White's offers, it should be very durable. The brown smooth is very dark, so as it ages I expect it to get only darker, almost black. The red dog gets a little darker when I oil it with Obenauf's, but it lightens back up a little over time. It is a nice reddish-brown color. In sunlight it has definite red coloring.
As for weight, the red dog seems a little lighter. If the brown smooth is 8-9 oz, the red dog is maybe 7 oz. The brown smooth seems stiffer than the red dog did right from the start. It is tough to say though since I only have one pair of each and the leather thickness can vary.
Andy, how's the fit of the BHs compared to the SJs?
Well, somewhere a few pages back I posted my crazy sizing stories. To make it short, my BHs are 9 1/2 D and my SJs are 9 1/2 E. I wear a lightweight hiking sock or something about like an athletic sock with the BHs, and the thickest wool socks I can find with the SJs. The wool socks are from Cabela's, and I would say they are at least 1/8" thick when compressed. That doesn't sound too thick, but it effectively makes your foot 1/4" wider and 1/4" taller. I can't even start to fit my foot into the BHs with the wool socks on.
My guess is that a pair of SJs in 9 1/2 D would fit pretty close to the BHs. I told Kyle at Baker's what I wanted to do with the thick socks, and it was his suggestion to go with the E width for the SJs. I asked him several times if he was sure about this, and he assured me it would work. At this point if I had a sizing question, and had an existing pair of White's to base my question on, I would go 100% with what Kyle recommends. He really does do this every day.
I am already planning my next pair of White's. It will be lace-to-toe SJs, 6" height, 9 1/2 D, probably distressed brown. I have no doubt the 9 1/2 D SJs will be fine with light hiking socks.
Thanks for all the advice everyone. This wonderful thread has so much information that I was finally able to nail down my order and I placed it tonight! Now the 8-10 week wait begins :(
6" height Bounty Hunter
Natural chromexcel leather
Toe cap with single celastic toe box
Antique eyes and hooks
Commando mini lug half sole
Close trim brown edge
Of course, should have known…
But, do they send an email before they do the horseback delivery?