Originally Posted by daizawaguy
Yeah, but a Whites runs at $400-500. If they were a $200 boot I`d accept it, but they should pay more attention to the finish...
At $400-500, fit and finish is not something White's is overly concerned with. Their principle demographic is firefighters and loggers. They're not Viberg, and they're not catering to the fashion market. White's Boots boots are incredibly well-made, and I doubt you'll see any flaws on a pair that impair the durability of the boot, but things like sloppy welt termination and sole stitching, and variations in heel shelf aren't out of the norm. Here (http://imgur.com/a/zB1wF
) is an album of some White's Boots. I don't consider any of these examples to be out-of-spec, and that's OK. They're work boots—that's not to say workers can't appreciate fit and finish, but at their price-point, White's isn't going to throw out a pair and start over because the sole stitching is a little bit fucked up looking. It's not one of their goals to avoid it.
I'd imagine there's a reason the Imogene+Willie collaborations, and the boots on Rakuten, are significantly more expensive. I'd say if more refined fit and finish is something that's important to you, those are options worth looking into. From what I've seen, Nick's Boots does a bit of a better job in this regard, but they're in the same price-point, catering to the same firefighters and loggers, so I still wouldn't expect impeccable fit and finish.