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post #3631 of 5021
I totally agree, unless those are for spurs something's wrong with em.
post #3632 of 5021
You shouldn't have to at all which I do highlight to white's but any cobbler/ shoe smith can have that trimmed back and even slightly re-shaped and re-coloured in under 10 minutes and I'm sure for under $15 over there.
post #3633 of 5021
$450+ for these and this is what you got? Wow. I know they are hand made, but there are no excuses for that. Im sorry but that doesn't look good at all. I'd send them back asap.
post #3634 of 5021

The only issue I`ve got there - is it off centre? I mean, is the top at the right position, and the heel just not trimmed enough, or is it part of a bigger issue? Sorry, not scaring anyone, but do think it should be sent back.Also, its only by Whites having seen their work returned will the point be taken. And that brings in a question - are their ebay boots rejects of any sort?

post #3635 of 5021
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Originally Posted by andy b. View Post


Those look nice, especially the brown!

Can you post a side photo of that boot heel? It does look like it should be trimmed closer from looking down at it.

 

Thank you... I am travelling now and I can get new pictures only after the 12th of this month. 

 

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Originally Posted by rutabaga View Post
 

Looks kind of like this block heel from earlier in the thread.

 

 

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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post

Whites does tend to have shoddy finishes for their block heels. That's part if the reason I got mine redone in the photos recently. Not sure what it is, but should not be they way. Given you have 2 pairs perhaps you can return one and get it seem to. A bummer I know, but best sorted out in long term. It could be that the block does not require much experience so that the newer artisans get that job. In any case, Whites should realize its in their best interests for this not to happen.

 

 

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Originally Posted by trvlr472 View Post
 

I've got a block heel on my Classic Work Boots and it sticks out slightly which i can live with.  I would be ticked off if mine had a shelf like that.  That's ridiculous on a pair of boots as expensive as White's.  It happens and that's because they are hand made but it should be fixed.  My opinion is that if it sticks out past the leather at all it's unsatisfactory.

 

 

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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

I totally agree, unless those are for spurs something's wrong with em.

 

 

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Originally Posted by EastWestApparel View Post

You shouldn't have to at all which I do highlight to white's but any cobbler/ shoe smith can have that trimmed back and even slightly re-shaped and re-coloured in under 10 minutes and I'm sure for under $15 over there.

 

 

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Originally Posted by gfloridafan93 View Post

$450+ for these and this is what you got? Wow. I know they are hand made, but there are no excuses for that. Im sorry but that doesn't look good at all. I'd send them back asap.

 

 

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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
 

The only issue I`ve got there - is it off centre? I mean, is the top at the right position, and the heel just not trimmed enough, or is it part of a bigger issue? Sorry, not scaring anyone, but do think it should be sent back.Also, its only by Whites having seen their work returned will the point be taken. And that brings in a question - are their ebay boots rejects of any sort?

 

It is the same with both pairs of boots. The shelves on the back extend like half an inch and the sides are not trimmed the same on each boot which makes the boot appear off center on the sole. I would expect any of the sole on the heel not to go past the leather of the boot as there is no stitching there. Aside from the boots not looking very good, I am also afraid I will be tripping on stairs with the shelves getting caught on the stairs. I will contact Bakers once I get back and see what could be done.. 

post #3636 of 5021

Had my wife take some pictures of the brown boots showing how much the heel protrudes.. The black ones are a little less than the brown ones.. 

 

 

 

 

post #3637 of 5021
When you go to a century-old maker and ask them to do precisely the opposite of their signature build, don't be surprised when it turns out funky. White's are not meant to have block heels.

The style, fit, and function are all built to have cuban/tapered/curved heels.
post #3638 of 5021
But if a century old maker is going to offer something, they ought to do it right.
post #3639 of 5021
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Originally Posted by hollowsleather View Post

When you go to a century-old maker and ask them to do precisely the opposite of their signature build, don't be surprised when it turns out funky. White's are not meant to have block heels.

The style, fit, and function are all built to have cuban/tapered/curved heels.

If that is the case, I think Whites should not offer it as an option if they cannot maintain the same standards as their signature heels. And keep that standard on all the pairs they build.. 

post #3640 of 5021
I completely agree that if White's is going to offer an option, they should produce it to the highest standards. I do also believe that they don't like the block heel option. biggrin.gif
post #3641 of 5021
I'm sure that White's/Baker will back up their quality and trim the heel if requested, but that doesn't change the fact that you got a funky heel because the guy who made your boots has made a thousand Smoke Jumpers, and probably 5 fashion boots with this weird heel request.

It's like going to a fancy steakhouse and ordering well done. Of course they'll cook your steak well done, because people won't stop asking for it, but you're going to get something scraped off the back of the grill, and lose the chef's respect. It's a two-way street. If you want your maker's best, you need to order your maker's specialty.
post #3642 of 5021

Contact White's and ask for Jennifer. Explain what you do not like or want changed and she will take care of it. No charge.

 

I just sent back a custom ordered pair of 6 inch Smoke Jumpers, double mid soles, double leather soles, block heels made out of dark brown Water Buffalo boots to have the full tongues stretched out and the all the brass hooks replaced with eyelets.  The heels were and are perfect. No big deal....

 

It does not make any difference if they have the sissy heels or block heels custom stuff sometimes requires modifying to make them suite ones needs/wants/requirements. NBD

post #3643 of 5021
If you do contact whites will be interestng to see what they say, I don't think they will see this as a mistake, as all their block heels seem to have a significant overhang. - it's my least favorite thing about Whites.

Apparently it's very easy to sand them down closer to flush, but whites seems to refuse to do it. I asked bakers to do it for me before they send the ones I have on order and Kyle said it's no problem.
post #3644 of 5021
Oh, and can we avoid the tapered vs blocked debate? Some of us like one, and some the other. Both are fine options.
post #3645 of 5021
Same thing said for standard vs lowered heel- or do all steakhouses serve the exact same cuts? wink.gif

That said, I'm a medium rare, salt and pepper kinda guy
Edited by b-ewing - 5/6/14 at 8:44pm
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