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Originally Posted by sleepy94 View Post


I agree with this. As a work boot the chromexcel will hold up but the Standard brown leather will be more durable. The break in time will be a little longer for the standard leather but well worth it over the long haul. This is what the standard leather was made for, and what has made whites the go to firefighting and logging boots for so long. Also the natural midsole will be black within a month if used as a work boot. oh and you will be happier with a taller boot for construction purposes as well. at a minimum 8" just to keep crap out of your boots. For water proofing sno-seal works very well.
I agree with Univibe. get yourself the work boots and then save up and get yourself a pair of Semi-dress for evenings and weekends, which is exactly what the semi-dress was made for.

Hi Sleepy,

Thanks for the help here.

 

Ive worn 6 inch Danners for years at work and much prefer them to taller boots. I just find them way more comfortable to walk in.

 

Im a construction supervisor so my boots dont exactly get abused but they are worn around jobsite on a daily basis so I need a tough pair for sure.

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To me, these epitomize the SD look
Any thoughts as to whether I can develop the same patina, and break in on a pair with double leather soles and leather lining?

My only experience with the leather lining is on my BHs. The upper is bullhide, and White's says you have to use the lining with bullhide because the leather isn't as stiff as cowhide. I can say, the leather lining was as buttery soft as thin elkhide the day the boots arrived, so I don't think a lining would affect how the upper leather breaks in. The lining is very smooth and after almost 4 years of wear, I can see no areas of wear on the lining so I wouldn't hesitate to get it if that is what you wanted.

As I wrote that I had to laugh. I know guys with cheap footwear that the entire boot is garbage after a year, and I'm saying not even the White's lining shows any wear after 4 years. biggrin.gif

Andy B.
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Whites told you that bull hide wasn't as stiff as cow hide? I've had bull hide boots from Whites and they were the stiffest, hardest boots I have ever worn. Are you sure you don't mean buffalo?

My boots were unlined but still comfortable, the sole was extremely rigid though.

My Bull Hide boots.

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For comparison, my Sienna Buffalo hide SD's.

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A few pics of Whites past and present.













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Originally Posted by Dryvah View Post


Smooth brown it is then. 

Which full sole would you recommend for these boots?

I wasnt letting fashion choices take the lead. I didnt know the chrome exel leather wasnt as durable. I just liked that color the best.

Thanks.

The chrome excel is beautiful. So I don't blame you there! But you know what else is beautiful? Whites boots worn hard for real work wink.gif

100 is a full lug, 430 is a mini lug. Either are fine choices. If you do any work in dirt/snow you'll appreciate the extra traction of the full lug.

And by the way, congrats on choosing some great work boots. You are going to love them. Especially in 5 years when you realize you would have torn through 5 pairs of lesser boots while your Whites are old friends and will be going strong.
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Originally Posted by Megatron1505 View Post

A few pics of Whites past and present.



Mine are definitely bullhide, and Kyle and White's both said the bullhide needed lining. I think you may be mistaken on the photo you posted, as if the ones in the photo I included are the same as the ones in your initial reply, they are definitely lined. You can see the white lining in the photo.

Andy B.
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Fair enough, it didn't "feel" like a lining though, just felt like the back of the leather (i.e it was in no way soft as you describe), and I bought them as unlined. Weird.

Still, I can't see cowhide being stiffer then those things, they were stiffer and more brutal than any other leather option I've had.
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Originally Posted by Megatron1505 View Post

Fair enough, it didn't "feel" like a lining though, just felt like the back of the leather (i.e it was in no way soft as you describe), and I bought them as unlined. Weird.

Still, I can't see cowhide being stiffer then those things, they were stiffer and more brutal than any other leather option I've had.

Just on that point Mega, it's a recent discovery for me while custom ordering. Any leather that needs lining comes lined and it is built into the price you pay already. I'll be detailing this on custom boots.
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Kyle explained to me that a lot of these leathers will tear when pulled over the last if they don't have the extra strength of the leather lining. Not to say these leathers are less durable, but perhaps not as malleable?
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I stand corrected, thanks guys. Always happy to learn something new smile.gif
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Megatron1505---- Sweet collection mega, those LTT bull hides are insane.

Would have never thought that a toe cap would look good on two tone bull hide LTT SJ’s, but it looks very good.:)

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Originally Posted by Megatron1505 View Post

Fair enough, it didn't "feel" like a lining though, just felt like the back of the leather (i.e it was in no way soft as you describe), and I bought them as unlined. Weird.

Still, I can't see cowhide being stiffer then those things, they were stiffer and more brutal than any other leather option I've had.

That is interesting, regarding the softness of the lining. I'm actually wearing my lined bullhide BHs right now, and when I put them on this morning I checked the lining and it is extremely soft and smooth. It may be that there is some variation to the lining thickness (it is leather afterall) and maybe that is why your boots felt so stiff? The uppers on my BHs felt almost broken-in right out of the box. Much softer than either pair of my other White's using the standard black and brown smooth leather. In fact I was worried they would not be as durable as the smooth cowhide, but that is definitely not the case. The bullhide uppers look the same today as they did almost 4 years ago. No wear, just a few more wrinkles.

Andy B.
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CXL scuffing/brushing demonstration

First major scuff, brushed the boots with horse hair brush and now it’s only a small indentation...

Before

After

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Ahh, I remember the good ol days of brushing out the scuffs every time a new one popped up.

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