I have researched the hell out of these boots but would still appreciate some thoughts on a few specific details.
1. SD vs SJ toe shapes. I have a pair of SJs purchased in 1998 in 10.5EE. They have what appears to be a more "pointed" toe than the images I see of the SD. "Pointed" is relative I guess. The toe is still rounded on my SJs, but there is definitely a noticeable angle of descent from the balls of my feet to the tip of the toe box. The SD photos all seem to look like the sides are perfectly parallel until they round at the tip. Does this sound accurate? I asked White's about it and they seemed perplexed and said that while the SJ has a deeper (top to bottom) toe box, the shapes are identical. Perhaps it has something to do with the size? I ask because I am trying to decide between a 6" SJ or a 6" BH.
2. Soles. Bakers tells me that they have been having troubles with the combat half soles. I believe them but was just wondering if anyone had experienced that. It's too bad because that is exactly what I wanted. Guess I'll have to go with the 430 mini-lug or 700 half comp.
Color. I want something that is more caramel colored. My SJs are the standard brown and that is too dark. It's hard to tell from pictures, but would the British Tan or natural chromexcel be closer? I'm still torn on lined or unlined as well.
Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.
Can't help you on the toe shapes but I've got the Commando mini lug half on both pairs of SD's and soon to be a third. So far they have been great, no issues. I was told that they do wear faster. I work in an office and rotate my boots so I don't mind. What were you told ?
As far as color, my natural CXL SD's are more of a toupe color currently. They are starting to darken but not to a carmel color. I think brown CXL or distressed smooth might be closer to a carmel color.