Originally Posted by Neognosis
Does anyone else think that the heel extends out way too far on those otherwise fantastic bison/brown roughout bounty hunters?
Those are damn nice looking. One of my favorites since I've been on this forum.
As far as the "shelf"? Yes, I think it sticks out too far and I wouldn't like it. However, I read a post on this forum a while back stating that White's builds them like that on purpose to protect the leather should you step on something sharp. I can understand that especially since way back when they started business I doubt anyone was as "coddled" as they are these days. They wanted function over aesthetics. In this day and age since I'd bet half their customers are more into being cool, buying something that will last and fit right more than surviving and working in them. They might want to start asking the customer what they are using the boot for.
It's starting to seem to me that many of the old timers in many industries are dying or retiring and they are training the new people to build them the same old way and the new people don't have the common sense or maybe the talent to figure out how big of an overhang they should build into the boot.
There was a guy a while back that ordered some and the "shelf" in the arch area was gross in my opinion. I'd be really pissed off if I ordered a pair and they showed up looking like his for what they cost. I will say this. I probably wouldn't have the gouges I have in my back stay if I had more overhang in the hee lbut even though I'm far more into function and durability I would send boots back if they had excessive sole or heel sticking out.. I use mine to work in and it's not like I'm walking on rocks all the time either although I do from time to time. Those posted aren't REALLY bad though and depending on what I was using them for I might live with it and if I couldn't take it have them modified at the first resoling.
From what I have seen and read it is the block heel White's rally seems to screw up with too much heel or sole sticking out. The block heel on my CWB's are just about perfect in this regard and my SJ's are perfectly flush with the standard heel. This is the first time I've seen a curved heel with that problem. All in all, if the guy who paid for them is fine with it then it's OK by me. If he isn't he can go to a cobbler and have them sanded down or send them back for satisfaction. I can see, however, that having the sole and heel sticking out will definitely protect the leather in some circumstances. It all depends on what your using them for.
Edited by trvlr472 - 7/8/14 at 7:46pm