what is the difference between 'close trim' and 'standard trim' when selecting the sole trim during the build a boot process?
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. ***
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.
Yeah you are absolutely right as i just check my BH upon reading your comment the vamp is lined.
thanks for the info.
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?