Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts? - Page 173
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I am currently breaking in a new pair of SD's, in brown Bison. I'm the one that purchased the pair that Blaster had for sale. I ended up
sending them to Baker's to have the heels changed to a standard height and the soles changed to the Commando mini lug half. So far
they are great ! I did notice that the stitching is white, compared to my other two pairs of SD's. Only one bummer though, when they
skived out the leather to attach the half sole one boot is more flat and the other is more convex. Oddly enough I don't feel it when I walk,
mostly just if I'm standing I can sort of roll my ankle back and forth. It will cause premature wear in the center contact area.. I might wear
them a few more days then make a decision if I'll send them back to fix it or not.
Linafelt, these comparison photos and your take are great. Thank you for sharing. Those are your 2040 black horsehide boots right? Also, Im interested to hear your take on the price comparison, seeing as you can practically buy two pairs of SDs for the price of one pair of Service Boots. (Or at least save 250-300 bones)
These Vibergs are Horsehide, but on the 110 last. I love Viberg's 2045 last, but it didn't fit my foot right. Honestly, the 110 doesn't quite either, and I am right now trying to decide whether to keep or sell them... I am a great fan of Viberg with regard to looks and quality, but I find it hard to find the right fit with their boots. They seem more driven by style than White's which are a more standard fit I think, and the "arch-ease" works really well for my high arches.
A better comparison would have been White's Horsehides, but I was able to get these brown dress to try on for size.
Yeah, price is a big difference. Vibergs have jumped up, and are now $700 - 850 a pair for standard service boots. Pretty brutal no matter how you slice it, though I eventually go used to idea and was willing to pay it for these horsehides. White's Semi-dress, once you had a cap toe or CXL or anything besides the standard, seem to be about $500 now. Are Vibergs worth it for the slight edge in quality and looks? Not sure -- it's up to each person to decide for themselves. The only thing I would add is that I find Viberg"s leathers to be of a higher quality, though I am not an expert.
Ideally, I think I'd want Viberg to build me a boot with their horsehide on a borrowed last from White's....