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post #3916 of 4525

Regarding my SJs above, Kyle checked with White's who confirmed that they were made with CXL as ordered.  I will take that to be true, and apologize for the false alarm.  (Though I plead being misled by the clearly horsehide tongues they included, and the fact that those tongues seem SO much like the boot leather.)

 

Anyway, I really like the way they look, and the heel job done by Baker's, so will now get down to the business of wearing them!

 

First impressions with regard to fit and feel:  Definitely feel much bulkier than SDs, and the full bellows tongue makes them feel tight around the ankles.  I have usually worn a 10D or 9.5E in boots in the past, and after some try-ons and sending measurements went with 9.5EE in these (I found White's to be more narrow in the toebox than expected).  Width seems right, but I think probably the length should have even been 9.

 

Updated pics to come, once I put some wear on them...

post #3917 of 4525

@linafelt Glad Kyle was able to confirm that the leather was indeed CXL.. However it is amazing how close the HH looks to the CXL when new. 

 

What last are your SJs on and how is the sizing between the SJs and the SDs? Do they fit the same?

post #3918 of 4525

Mine are on the semi-dress last, but nevertheless they seem much roomier than the SDs that I have tried on in the past.  My sizing attempts have been complicated with White's.  (Though I admit that I seem to have weird, hard to fit feet...  I tend to measure on the Brannock between 9.5 and 10D, but I always have needed a slightly wider boot I know, and I only recently found out from the foot doctor that it's because i have both high arches and very flexible feet, so that my foot really spreads out when I put weight on it.)

 

Anyway, about a year and a half ago I had a chance to try on a pair of SDs in 9.5D, and they felt really tight in the toes.  Some time later I sent tracings to White's, who said I should get 9.5Ds, which I knew would not work.  So after talking with Kyle, he sent me to try on a big pair of SJs (like 10" with big lug heels) on the SJ last in 9.5E.  These too felt surprisingly tight to me in the toebox, but the length seemed right, so Kyle said let's go with 9.5EE in the SD last.   But the ones I have now (SJs built on SD last = "bounty hunters"), seem MUCH roomier in every respect than the regular SJs I tried on, as well as the regular 9.5D SDs I had tried on.  Length seems quite a bit longer than I anticipated, but also there is just a lot room in the toe area height wise.  They are probably actually too big for me, but I put a pair of Superfeet insoles in and I think that will work.

 

All of which is to say, I have found sizing to be pretty unpredictable and hard to pinpoint.

 

FEELwise, they just clearly feel bulkier and more workboot like than the SDs.  When you look at them side by side they don't look like they would -- just an inch higher, etc, but you can really feel the difference when you wear them.  Partially no doubt because of the full bellows tongue, but I can't remember maybe the SJs have a steel shank...?  Not sure about that...  Mine are also fully lined, so that would contribute.  I know there will be some ankle rubbing during the breaking in, but I think otherwise they should be not too bad in that regard.

post #3919 of 4525

Thank you again.. I also measure between a 9.5 and a 10 on the brannock. I am also beginning to realize that my size on the 55 last is a 9D. As the 9.5Cs that I have are perfect in the width but a smidge longer in length..

 

Dont think there is a steel shank on the SJs. Not 100% sure though.. 

post #3920 of 4525

no White's have a steel shank. 

 

the length will change as you go up in width. Also, from my experience and what people at White's have told me, the smoke jumper last is noticeably narrower than the SD.

post #3921 of 4525
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Originally Posted by RickyTylerson View Post

no White's have a steel shank. 

the length will change as you go up in width. Also, from my experience and what people at White's have told me, the smoke jumper last is noticeably narrower than the SD.

I would agree with that. My SJ and SD are the same size, but I kind of wish my SD with a width smaller.
post #3922 of 4525

Current boot lineup:

 

Chippewas (13 years) / OSB Trench Boots (1 year) / SJs (brand new!)

 

 

post #3923 of 4525
What are those laces on the OSBs? Also the Chippewas look amazing for 13 years.. How many Resoles on those?

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post #3924 of 4525
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post

What are those laces on the OSBs? Also the Chippewas look amazing for 13 years.. How many Resoles on those?

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The OSB laces are some pair of very dark brown waxed laces, which I can't remember where I got them!  Sorry about that...

 

Yeah, the Chippewas really were/are a great pair of boots.  They got a LOT of wear over about 10 years. Started much lighter and slightly nappy, and slowly they got darker and smoother.  Believe it or not, I never had them resoled, but reheeled twice (one I did myself!).  The soles wore like iron; of course they were pretty hard and in snow slippery, but otherwise fine.

post #3925 of 4525
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post
 

 

The OSB laces are some pair of very dark brown waxed laces, which I can't remember where I got them!  Sorry about that...

 

Yeah, the Chippewas really were/are a great pair of boots.  They got a LOT of wear over about 10 years. Started much lighter and slightly nappy, and slowly they got darker and smoother.  Believe it or not, I never had them resoled, but reheeled twice (one I did myself!).  The soles wore like iron; of course they were pretty hard and in snow slippery, but otherwise fine.

Thank you.. I am planning to get some of these laces on eBay for my Black and Brown SDs. They are around 44 in and am hoping they would fit.. I initially wanted the leather laces, but after seeing how they don't lie very flat, I am no longer a fan of leather laces. 

post #3926 of 4525
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Originally Posted by mogili222 View Post
 

Thank you.. I am planning to get some of these laces on eBay for my Black and Brown SDs. They are around 44 in and am hoping they would fit.. I initially wanted the leather laces, but after seeing how they don't lie very flat, I am no longer a fan of leather laces. 

 

I may order a few too, they look like good waxed laces.

post #3927 of 4525
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Originally Posted by RickyTylerson View Post

no White's have a steel shank. 

Incorrect. Look on your White's box. Their slogan is "all-leather legend." It's made out of leather.
post #3928 of 4525
@meso

I think you just misread my post. Misinterpreted it rather.

No whites have a steel shank. As in they don't make any with a steel shank.
post #3929 of 4525
No, White's have: a steel shank!

Seriously though, they don't. smile.gif
post #3930 of 4525
Oxford comma dilemmas! biggrin.gif
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