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post #2791 of 5023

I don't want to sound crotchety or mean but I think the close trim option is one of those options that just ruins the boots for me. I feel like a huge part of what makes a pair of White's look like White's is the double row of stitching. 

 

I feel like close trim, block heel, lowered heel just takes all the mojo out of the boots. So I prefer to leave the boots as close to standard as possible. 

 

*** this really has nothing to do with the question asked about "what close trim means" but is just something I was thinking about since close trim was brought up. Also not meant to put anyone down for owning boots with close trim, lowered heels, or block heels - to each his own. ***  

post #2792 of 5023
I agree, tho think the block heel has its place.
Viberg has a soft toe, lowered heel look. So have buttero, fiorentini & baker, etc.
White's double-stitching and heel height of 1.5" is part of a signature work boot look.
Even their standard semi-dress brown workboot with slant heel is fantastic!
Sometimes it's the simple things that you wear the most often smile.gif
post #2793 of 5023
The brilliance of White's total MTO program is that everyone can have it their way ala Burger King

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post #2794 of 5023
Guys,
I'm thinking about my next pair of semi-dress boots. I'm leaning towards the natural chrome excel. However, some folks have said that cxl tends to stretch. Therefore, do you recommend that I get them lined or unlined. Will lining them reduce the stretch? Thanks.
post #2795 of 5023
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Originally Posted by sammy View Post

Guys,
I'm thinking about my next pair of semi-dress boots. I'm leaning towards the natural chrome excel. However, some folks have said that cxl tends to stretch. Therefore, do you recommend that I get them lined or unlined. Will lining them reduce the stretch? Thanks.

 

I have a pair of Oak Street Bootmaker boots in natural CXL.  Don't think I would get them again.  They pick up every little scratch and bump, and that's okay if you don't mind your boots looking marked up, but it seems like a fake "evo" to me.  You can rub out the marks quite a bit, as people point out, but it's a bit of pain and not all come out.  Also, with the first treatment with an conditioner the natural CXL turns a genuine brown, losing it's distinctive color.

 

As far as your actual question about stretching, these do seem to stretch a fair amount, and hte leather is very soft.  Mine are not lined around the shaft of the boot, and they tend to collapse there very easily when I try to put them on.

 

So, I think the leather is fine if you know what you are getting into, and don't mind them turning brown, but I would definitely get them lined.

post #2796 of 5023
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

I have a pair of Oak Street Bootmaker boots in natural CXL.  Don't think I would get them again.  They pick up every little scratch and bump, and that's okay if you don't mind your boots looking marked up, but it seems like a fake "evo" to me.  You can rub out the marks quite a bit, as people point out, but it's a bit of pain and not all come out.  Also, with the first treatment with an conditioner the natural CXL turns a genuine brown, losing it's distinctive color.

As far as your actual question about stretching, these do seem to stretch a fair amount, and hte leather is very soft.  Mine are not lined around the shaft of the boot, and they tend to collapse there very easily when I try to put them on.

So, I think the leather is fine if you know what you are getting into, and don't mind them turning brown, but I would definitely get them lined.

Thanks for the feedback. If I go with natural cxl, then I will get them lined. I don't mind the marks and such. I actually want the boots to mark up and get a nice brown patina. That's my reason for choosing cxl. The pics I've seen of other broken in natty cxl look great. My other choice would be British Tan.
post #2797 of 5023
Natural CXL ages beautifully. If you want a leather that doesn't mark, don't get a pull-up leather, get cordovan or similar.

Second on getting them lined. My semi-dress pair are lined in white glove-soft leather and they are very comfy.

They still stretched more than my dark brown standard pair, which are unlined. It's not that big a deal, when laced the sides of the upper just meet about 1/2" further together.
post #2798 of 5023
Alright guys, its a toss up between natty cxl and british tan for my next pair of SDs. What's your vote?
post #2799 of 5023
I'd go for natural cxl or distressed brown (especially if you're wanting the look of natty cxl but more toughness). Both will age similarly. British tan is a wee bit too orange/red for my taste. And i think natty cxl or distressed brown are more versatile. Or so I have currently told myself!

To the issue of lining or not; pls correct me if I'm wrong but aren't we just talking about the upper shaft? Eg the vamp is always lined if I'm not mistaken, right? Or perhaps leather lined is in addition to this?
post #2800 of 5023
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

To the issue of lining or not; pls correct me if I'm wrong but aren't we just talking about the upper shaft? Eg the vamp is always lined if I'm not mistaken, right? Or perhaps leather lined is in addition to this?

Yeah you are absolutely right as i just check my BH upon reading your comment  the vamp is lined. :D 

thanks for the info.

post #2801 of 5023

Eastwest mentioned here, no toe box but lined so pretty hardy! if it is standard for boots to be lined in the vamp, does it mean i will get  double lining in vamp if i choose the lined option?

http://www.eastwestapparel.co.uk/Whites-Boots?product_id=109

post #2802 of 5023
Hi Ben and co, thinner leathers will come lined in the vamp, and nearly all thinner leathers are the more expensive ones so you are paying for lining at the same time. Thicker leathers do not cone lined in the vamp unless you ask for it. Put your hand inside an unlined CXL and you should feel it. Early Happy New Year to all. Was thinking I might try and ween myself off of expensive boots this coming year....we all know how that will turn out!
post #2803 of 5023

Gentlemen:

 

I've ordered a new White's boot in natural chromexcel.

 

Question from this newbie is this: What belt colors can I get away with?. Currently, I own the usual blacks, browns and burgundy varieties. Do I need to buy some new belts?

 

Thanks,

 

Mb

post #2804 of 5023
I just placed my order with White's for the SDs in natural cxl icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif. Here are the details:
Leather: Natural Chrome Excel
Last: Standard
Hardware: Antique eyes and hooks
Midsole: Single leather midsole
Outsole: Composition half sole
Heel: Standard heel
Lining (yes): Cream color
Edge Stain: Natural
Sole Stitching: Single Row, Close Trim
Toe Cap: None
Toe Box: Standard Toe
Pull Loops: No

And now for the agonizing wait...
post #2805 of 5023

I'm right there with you...

 

Just placed an order for this:

 

 

Packer Style 690
Size 9 D
8” height
Single leather outsole
Natural Chrome Excel Leather
Brass hardware, 6 (six) eyes, 3 (three) hooks, and the top eye
Natural Edge
Celastic toe

 

I've been lusting for something in nat cxl since I've seen some recent examples here. I'll post pictures when they arrive.

 

Mb

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