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post #2836 of 4783
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

Lina, I've heard great things about the horse strip White's sources for its SDs. Supposed to take on a beautiful patina. You doing lowered block or Cuban heel? Regardless, I think 1/4" would be low enough depending on which sole you went with (269 will get you even lower than double leather, right?)

Btw- saw you posted your HH Vibergs up for sale; sorry to hear those didn't work out as they were grail boots IMO. Nothin beats the comfort of White's tho smile.gif


Thanks b-ewing.  Yeah, the Vibergs got me hooked on horsehide, and now it's hard to go back...  But couldn't get the right fit with Viberg, so am going to try White's.  I'll go lowered, block heel for sure.

post #2837 of 4783

I'm curious, does anybody use leather protector of any sort on the soles?  I went with a brown edge, but we've had a pretty wet winter in Boston, and the color has significantly faded in a couple of the leather strips in the heel stacks.  I'm tempted to hit the edges with a coat of Obenaufs (the 2 coats I applied to the rest of the boot prior to the winter has worked beautifully).  I'm hoping that it can bring some of the color back but I'm unsure if it will have any effect at all.  Anybody else done this with their boots?

post #2838 of 4783
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Originally Posted by aaronjared View Post
 

I'm curious, does anybody use leather protector of any sort on the soles?  I went with a brown edge, but we've had a pretty wet winter in Boston, and the color has significantly faded in a couple of the leather strips in the heel stacks.  I'm tempted to hit the edges with a coat of Obenaufs (the 2 coats I applied to the rest of the boot prior to the winter has worked beautifully).  I'm hoping that it can bring some of the color back but I'm unsure if it will have any effect at all.  Anybody else done this with their boots?

I'd recommend using edge dressing (I use the Allen Edmonds version), as that'll help re-dye the leather, and will help to protect/seal the edges for the future.  I've actually heard of people having issues with obenaufing the midsoles where it leads to splitting/delaminating, so I'd avoid that.

post #2839 of 4783
I believe White`s uses Fiebings for the midsoles but any other products as mentioned should work just as good.
post #2840 of 4783
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Originally Posted by aaronjared View Post
 

I'm curious, does anybody use leather protector of any sort on the soles?  I went with a brown edge, but we've had a pretty wet winter in Boston, and the color has significantly faded in a couple of the leather strips in the heel stacks.  I'm tempted to hit the edges with a coat of Obenaufs (the 2 coats I applied to the rest of the boot prior to the winter has worked beautifully).  I'm hoping that it can bring some of the color back but I'm unsure if it will have any effect at all.  Anybody else done this with their boots?

 

I don't know from experience, but I do know that on the side of Viberg boot boxes they have some care tips, one of which is, Don't use boot grease on the edges of your soles, as it can eventually case the stacked leather to separate and split.  I don't know though, seems like once or twice would be fine...

post #2841 of 4783
I've dubbed up my midsoles and heels plenty of times without even thinking about it. Could see why the leather would separate over time, but I wouldn't overthink this too much; we are talking about workbooks here wink.gif
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Thanks for the help everyone. I'm glad I didn't apply Obenaufs first and ask questions later. I'll give the AE edge treatment a try. Here's a pic of my natty cxl bounty hunters. Worn them every day since I received them mid October. I brush them every day to keep them nice and clean. Love the color they are taking on.

post #2843 of 4783
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

Lina, I've heard great things about the horse strip White's sources for its SDs. Supposed to take on a beautiful patina. You doing lowered block or Cuban heel? Regardless, I think 1/4" would be low enough depending on which sole you went with (269 will get you even lower than double leather, right?)

Btw- saw you posted your HH Vibergs up for sale; sorry to hear those didn't work out as they were grail boots IMO. Nothin beats the comfort of White's tho smile.gif


May I know what are the great things you've heard about horse strip from White's sources?
I own a pair of White's SD with brown horsehide.. It is probably about 3 months old with wears only on weekends so no significant patina has developed.

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These look great!  I like the way this natural CXL has worn much better than my Oak Street Trench boots, which very quickly just turned brown...  These still have a good bit of "natural" tone to them.

 

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Originally Posted by aaronjared View Post

Thanks for the help everyone. I'm glad I didn't apply Obenaufs first and ask questions later. I'll give the AE edge treatment a try. Here's a pic of my natty cxl bounty hunters. Worn them every day since I received them mid October. I brush them every day to keep them nice and clean. Love the color they are taking on.

post #2845 of 4783
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Originally Posted by aaronjared View Post

Thanks for the help everyone. I'm glad I didn't apply Obenaufs first and ask questions later. I'll give the AE edge treatment a try. Here's a pic of my natty cxl bounty hunters. Worn them every day since I received them mid October. I brush them every day to keep them nice and clean. Love the color they are taking on.


Those look great! Every time I think I know what brown to get, someone posts a photo that makes me try to decide all over again.

And thanks all for the sole edge care tips. I have applied Obenauf's a few time to my sole edges and never gave it any thought. I guess I will use it more sparingly. I would think up by the ball of the foot it wouldn't matter much since the layers are held together with stitching, but I can see it being more of a concern in the heel where most of it is glued together.

Andy B.
post #2846 of 4783

FINALLY!!!

Just got my black Horse Hide SD delivered!

 

All black Horse Hide

Lowered block heel

Close trim

Sole 269 vibram

Brown egde

Antique hooks and eyelets

Single celastic

 

 

My concern was about sizing: I had sent a couple of time my tracings and measurements to both White's and Baker's, they found me different sizes and width... I finally trusted Kyle from Baker's, as you guys told me to do, and I did well: perfect fitting!

 

So first filling: comfort! And what a beautifull craftmanship! The quality of the construction and materials is beyond what I expected.

 

 

Thanks to all you guys! This thread is great, I spent a lot of time here, but it wasen't wasted time.

 

I'm starting the break-in tomorrow. I feel it won't be long, for the Horse Hide is really supple, even if it is thick.

 

 I'll post some pics soon if someone is interested in this configuration.

post #2847 of 4783
I would love to see a few pics
post #2848 of 4783
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Originally Posted by tavoz View Post

FINALLY!!!
Just got my black Horse Hide SD delivered!

All black Horse Hide
Lowered block heel
Close trim
Sole 269 vibram
Brown egde
Antique hooks and eyelets
Single celastic


My concern was about sizing: I had sent a couple of time my tracings and measurements to both White's and Baker's, they found me different sizes and width... I finally trusted Kyle from Baker's, as you guys told me to do, and I did well: perfect fitting!

So first filling: comfort! And what a beautifull craftmanship! The quality of the construction and materials is beyond what I expected.


Thanks to all you guys! This thread is great, I spent a lot of time here, but it wasen't wasted time.

I'm starting the break-in tomorrow. I feel it won't be long, for the Horse Hide is really supple, even if it is thick.

 I'll post some pics soon if someone is interested in this configuration.

Please post pics pronto! (How's that for alliteration ?). This is almost exactly the build I think I am going to order, so would love to see them. Thanks!
post #2849 of 4783

Ordered my first pair of White's boots this week.  Here's what I ordered;

Baker's Custom Bounty Hunter by White's Boots

Item No: 2332CB

Leather Liner: Red (canyon reddish color)

Height: 6"

Toe Cap: Medallion Toe Cap

Celastic Toe Box: Single Celastic Toe

Toe Vamp Leather: #8 Burgundy Chrome Excel by Horween

Last: Semi Dress (Bounty Hunter)

Hardware: Antique Eyes & Hooks (top garment = hook)

Heel Base: Standard/Cuban

Size – 8.5: D (medium)

Heel Lifts: Standard

Toe Cap Leather Color: Black Chrome Excel

Top: Rolled Top

Midsole: Single

Lace Design: Plain Toe

Edge: Natural

Counter Leather: #8 Burgundy Chrome Excel by Horween

Upper (Shaft) Leather: Black Chrome Excel by Horween

Pull Loops: Leather Pull Loops

Sole: Commando Mini Lug Half Sole

 

​I keep changing my mind on the Burgundy and black mix. Part of the time I think it is going to look great, part of the time I think it is going to funny looking and I would be better off going with one color. Any thoughts guys?  

Also need to know what to put on the sole edges to seal them and take proper care of them.  Can't wait to put them on and see how the feel.  

 

post #2850 of 4783
Tavoz,

Definitely post pics!!!!

Ohiorick,

As I was reading your order specs I was thinking to myself, "That color combo should look great!" That's one of the things about White's, you have to get at least one pair with different color leathers. How many other places even offer such an option?

Andy B.
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