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post #3706 of 5873
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post
 

Yup.. My boots usually scrap a lot more on the toe caps and counters and I wanted something that does not scratch easily. Also my understanding is that dress leathers are easier to shine. I know a lot of people don't like to shine their boots but I like it.. 


Yeah, sounds like a good plan actually, both for looks and function.

post #3707 of 5873
I think it's a good idea to attain a shine. The only issue is that as time goes on they will start to look quite different. The chrome excel gets that worn out look, while the dress keeps it's smartness. The other thing is that you'd have to think if they take the same polishes or creams. Not sure on this one. All I'm saying is that after a few years of wear you will have to imagine what they could look like. But it's always fun to experiment with custom orders and even more fun to live with them. But the odd combination can lead to regret. Not talking specifically of your combination - but generally. Good luck though.
post #3708 of 5873
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I think that a good candidate for "most bang for your buck boots" might be the Chippewa engineer boot, currently marketed at LL Bean as the Katahdin iron works boot.  Now selling for $210.

 

 

I have to say, I picked up a pair of Chippewa Homestead boots, in black rough out, for 150 on sale. On Waikiki Beach, of all places, while on business last week.

 

I also will say that the quality of the Chipps are FAR above the quality of the Wolverine 1Ks I have. For 150, a person would be crazy NOT to buy Chippewa. Comfortable right out of the box.

 

They are not nearly as robust as a pair of Whites, but at a third of the price, you can't go wrong to add them to the rotation.

post #3709 of 5873
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Originally Posted by thelastquestion View Post
 

I'd say the Chippewa Homestead and Service boots are up there, but not the Apache/Katahdin.

 

I know this is the White's forum, and we probably don't need to extend the Chippewa conversation much further here, but I will put in my final 2 cents worth:  I really think the Katahdin is a strong boot.  If it is the same as my older Chippewa engineers, which I am pretty sure it is.  Again, I got a good 10 years of wear out of those, with two re-heelings, before the leather started to split and I decided to move on.  They are a really tough, substantial boot, and while nothing fancy I like their classic "surveyor boot" look.  The leather wore really nicely, getting progressively darker and smoother over about the first five years, until it finally looked worn in; but then still had several years of wear left.

 

I ordered not long ago a pair of the newer Homesteads to try out, and also tried on a pair of the new plain toe service boots at the store, and while both seemed fine they did not seem up to the level of my old engineers.  Just a bit lighter, but also the last is different.  The engineers/Katahdin are built on a classic Munson service boot last with lots of room in the toe; whereas the new Chippewas are more narrow and less roomy overall.  I posted a pic on the Chippewa forum of my old boot next to the new one (same size), just to show the slight difference.  I'll include it here in case anyone is interested.

 

 

Now, back to White's!  Still waiting on my new SJs, which were reordered to replace the messed up horsehide SDs I got several weeks ago.  Kyle said since they were replacing boots they made a mistake on that White's would probably do it much quicker than normal, maybe 3 to 4 weeks.  Right now it's coming up on 5 weeks -- so should be soon...

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Just an FYI: Ordered a custom pair of Semi Dress boots from Baker on April 29th, and it showed up via Fedex this morning. Can't believe it, 3 weeks! Pictures to come. . .
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Originally Posted by phantomx48 View Post

Just an FYI: Ordered a custom pair of Semi Dress boots from Baker on April 29th, and it showed up via Fedex this morning. Can't believe it, 3 weeks! Pictures to come. . .

Definitely a new record. I wish mine took anything close to that long.
post #3712 of 5873
Alright, here are the Navy CXL monsters, just in time for Cali summer, haha. But seriously, these are so comfortable, I might actually consider wearing them despite the heat. In my hands exactly 21 days after ordering, pretty remarkable!



post #3713 of 5873
Nice, wear away! I wear my heavy white's & vibergs all summer in socal.
post #3714 of 5873
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Originally Posted by phantomx48 View Post

Alright, here are the Navy CXL monsters, just in time for Cali summer, haha. But seriously, these are so comfortable, I might actually consider wearing them despite the heat. In my hands exactly 21 days after ordering, pretty remarkable!




those are beauts! Did they come with those laces?
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Originally Posted by Bingham View Post

those are beauts! Did they come with those laces?

Yeah, it came with two pairs. . .they are the thickest leather boot laces I have ever used, and feel like they will last forever. This was my first White's MTO, and I am already planning my second. Everything on this boot feels like it can outlast me.
post #3716 of 5873
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Originally Posted by phantomx48 View Post

Alright, here are the Navy CXL monsters, just in time for Cali summer, haha. But seriously, these are so comfortable, I might actually consider wearing them despite the heat. In my hands exactly 21 days after ordering, pretty remarkable!
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Nice boots..What are your build specs? Is that a double midsole I see?

post #3717 of 5873

Here is just another example of the crap Whites tries to pull on unsuspecting people.

 

I sent them back because the hooks bent and the tongue was too small for me to get my feet in, this is what I get back.

 

 

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I wear them once and they wrinkle up and smell likes a bulls ass

 

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I even noticed that the heels were different colors and had a major dent, that will prevent me from wearing them ever again.

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Just look at the crap inside the boots:

 

 

 

To top it all off, the idiots took all day to fix them and put the free shipping FedEx 2nd day label right on top of the new whites boot box so I cannot sell them on ebay as new in the box and ask more than they cost new.

 

Anyone got the AG office number in WA state so I can bitch about them?  These people should be put out of business.


Edited by LouieBailie - 5/21/14 at 9:28am
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