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post #4366 of 4612

Your foot circumference measurements will tell them or any manufacturer what is needed to make the instep high enough or they can/will recommend an insole or orthotic.

 

Over there try getting measured at Vass, Edward Green, Lobb, or Trickers if you are able, any high end shoe/boot dealer will get the numbers correct.

 

If you are going to use White's templates, pay a taylor to take the measurements and make the tracings. You will get the correct numbers they need for the  5-10 bucks 

 

Whites uses the templates for length and width based on the US Braddock device.

post #4367 of 4612
Whites oversized me a full size too. No idea how that happened on my first pair - but had to sell them as I was floating in them. No substitute for trying on various sizes at a brick and mortar shop. Another possibility is to order a pair from a shop that accepts returns and work from there. Tell them if you find your size you will custom order. No substitute for a boot that fits badly.
post #4368 of 4612

When Whites estimates your size they expect you to be wearing a pair of heavily padded socks like SmartWool HD hiking socks. not leggs nylons...:lol:  Just get a pair and try.

 

They are a work boot company catering to manual labor intensive lifestyle people that wear heavily padded socks. Just like in the US Army with out heavy socks every soldier would bitch the boots were too big.

 

Most people can wear a single size ie 11D or one size smaller and wider 10.5E or one size longer and slimmer 11.5C. Their feet/foot will adapt.

 

If any one of these people complaining about sizing issues had purchased these heavier wool padded socks, then tried the boots on for size, the boots that were recommended by Whites would 99.9% of the time be the proper fit.:nodding:

post #4369 of 4612

Honestly, if you just talk to the guys over at bakers they will sort you out. If you have any questions, those guys have the answers. There is a reason they are paid to do what they do. Ask them 

post #4370 of 4612
Bakers also has a fit guarantee and can sometimes provide boots for test fitting. Whites and Wesco boots can also do custom lasts based entirely on your exact foot. This usually runs around $100 but then they keep your last on file and use it for any other boots you may want to order. I really would worry too much these guys are the best and are very accommodating.
post #4371 of 4612
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Originally Posted by LouieBailie View Post
 

When Whites estimates your size they expect you to be wearing a pair of heavily padded socks like SmartWool HD hiking socks. not leggs nylons...:lol:  Just get a pair and try.

 

They are a work boot company catering to manual labor intensive lifestyle people that wear heavily padded socks. Just like in the US Army with out heavy socks every soldier would bitch the boots were too big.

 

Most people can wear a single size ie 11D or one size smaller and wider 10.5E or one size longer and slimmer 11.5C. Their feet/foot will adapt.

 

If any one of these people complaining about sizing issues had purchased these heavier wool padded socks, then tried the boots on for size, the boots that were recommended by Whites would 99.9% of the time be the proper fit.:nodding:

How did you assume I did not wear thick socks?

 

I followed the instructions http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php?dispatch=pages.view&page_id=18 See #1

 

Don't makes assumptions and take those as facts.

 

The fact is that whatever socks you wear in measurement should fit in the boot, but thats beside the point as boot socks were worn.

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Originally Posted by LouieBailie View Post
 

When Whites estimates your size they expect you to be wearing a pair of heavily padded socks like SmartWool HD hiking socks. not leggs nylons...:lol:  Just get a pair and try.

 

They are a work boot company catering to manual labor intensive lifestyle people that wear heavily padded socks. Just like in the US Army with out heavy socks every soldier would bitch the boots were too big.

 

Most people can wear a single size ie 11D or one size smaller and wider 10.5E or one size longer and slimmer 11.5C. Their feet/foot will adapt.

 

If any one of these people complaining about sizing issues had purchased these heavier wool padded socks, then tried the boots on for size, the boots that were recommended by Whites would 99.9% of the time be the proper fit.:nodding:

People should not wear an 11D or a 10.5E or an 11.5C. There will be one correct size, and you should not force your feet to accommodate. Whereas the approximate volume of the shoe will be the same, the flex point and length will be very different.

post #4373 of 4612

Hi all

 

I've spent a lot of time reading through this thread, and am excited to order a pair of White's myself. I've sent my tracings in to Baker's, and am planning on getting a SD in distressed smooth leather with a block heel and Vibram 430 sole. The only component I'm not decided on yet is whether to get a standard heel height or lower it 1/4". Does anyone know of any pictures of boots with the 430 sole that has been lowered 1/4"? I've seen pictures of the standard and lowered heels, but not with the 430 configuration...

 

I've also owned OSB trench and Wolverine 1K boots in the past...does anyone know how the White's standard height compares to those two brands?

 

Thanks! 

post #4374 of 4612
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Originally Posted by thelastquestion View Post
 

People should not wear an 11D or a 10.5E or an 11.5C. There will be one correct size, and you should not force your feet to accommodate. Whereas the approximate volume of the shoe will be the same, the flex point and length will be very different.


I have been doing it for over 40 years and it has always worked, never had a problem. The different lasts have more variance than the .5 length and 1 width.

 

IE The Munson Army last is way bigger in length and width than "normal" lasts in the same sizes.

post #4375 of 4612
got my boots today! will post picks soon. they look great, but one heal stick out noticeably further than the other.

does anyone know how much it would cost for a cobbler to fix this? and would it change the color of a natural trim sole?

i really don't want to send them all the way to back to Oregon if its a cheap fix nearby.
post #4376 of 4612
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Originally Posted by jimanchower View Post

I've read all but about 10 pages of this thread and will soon send my tracings/measurements off to Baker's for sizing recommendations, but I wanted to ask before I get too pumped up about a new pair of SDs. I've got moderately high arches and what seems to be a very high instep. Are SDs going to work for me?



I'm not asking for my SD size as I know the guys at White's/Baker's will be best equipped to tell me, just wondering if the SDs will work or if I should look elsewhere. TIA!

 

I also have very high arches and, like you, high insteps.  I've had instep trouble with boots in the past, like the Iron Ranger, biting my instep.  But my White's Bounty Hunters work very well for me, as I think probably SDs would (though I have only worn them for try on).  Not sure if it's the same with you, but I've realized that even though my feet do not measure wide, if I get an E or EE width it makes up for the high instep.

 

As far as sizing, I have it to be hit or miss with both Whites and Bakers.  The tracings simply don't work all the time, especially if you have some issues like this. Still, worth trying I think....

post #4377 of 4612
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Originally Posted by dsthompson View Post
 

Hi all

 

I've spent a lot of time reading through this thread, and am excited to order a pair of White's myself. I've sent my tracings in to Baker's, and am planning on getting a SD in distressed smooth leather with a block heel and Vibram 430 sole. The only component I'm not decided on yet is whether to get a standard heel height or lower it 1/4". Does anyone know of any pictures of boots with the 430 sole that has been lowered 1/4"? I've seen pictures of the standard and lowered heels, but not with the 430 configuration...

 

I've also owned OSB trench and Wolverine 1K boots in the past...does anyone know how the White's standard height compares to those two brands?

 

Thanks! 


 You can look at my pics from a few weeks back of my black Bounty Hunters, which do not have the 430 but do have the lowered heel with the Vibram 269.  I am very happy with the way the lowered heel looks.  some guys don't like it on Whites, but I think 1/4" lower is perfect.  For anyone who is not a White's aficionado it looks like a normal height.

 

The standard SD height is 5",  whereas the OSB (I have a pair too) is 6".  Pretty sure the 1000 mile is 6... But because of the White's heel it will end up standing as tall as the 6" boots I think.  The Bounty Hunter (Farmer Rancher on SD last) comes in 6", but feels much bigger than the 5" SD by most accounts.

post #4378 of 4612
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Originally Posted by Bingham View Post

got my boots today! will post picks soon. they look great, but one heal stick out noticeably further than the other.

does anyone know how much it would cost for a cobbler to fix this? and would it change the color of a natural trim sole?

i really don't want to send them all the way to back to Oregon if its a cheap fix nearby.

 

I had Baker's sand mine down before sending, and am very glad they did.  Others have taken them to a local cobbler and have had them done successfully, reportedly for $15 or so, though it's hard to believe ANYthing is $15 these days!

 

As far as edge.  I do know that I ordered natural edge on mine, and when they came in they were dyed brown.  I thought it was another error by Whites, but Kyle said he had dyed them after the sanding; though it wasn't clear to me that he had to do so because of the sanding or just did mistakenly.

post #4379 of 4612

The thousand mile is a 5 inch shaft.

post #4380 of 4612

For my CWB's, Whites over sized me one full size on my initial purchase...Bakers got it right this time around as I was dead on with Brannock device.

 

Everyone's foot is different and to say what works for you should work for someone else...well, ymmv.

 

My vote is to deal with Kyle at Bakers. Send him your tracings and they will get you squared away.

 

And fyi, the C461 last is supposed to a little more roomy in the toe box then the SD last, and the SD's can be made on the C461 last.

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