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post #4576 of 5901
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Originally Posted by RickyTylerson View Post

I'm gonna remain optimistic.

White's already has budget lines like hathorn and hathorn exlorer ( hathorn explorer I think is partly produced outside White's - but don't quote me on that ) so we can't really know what is going down. but I don't really think the march bros would sell to someone who would let it go the way of danner and red wing.

To be fair, he sold it to the company that let Danner go the way of Danner.
post #4577 of 5901
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Originally Posted by meso View Post

Yeah debating pushing ahead with a custom order for a pair of horsehide SDs on 461 mainly for this reason...

 

@meso, why are you selling those Red Dogs? 

 

(Fully structured toe BTW..?)

post #4578 of 5901
They're a little tight on me. Always have been. Didn't stretch much during break-in and are a little tight in the heel.
They would prob be perfect for someone with a 9.5 Barrie foot.
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I'm not a Danner guy, can someone explain what happen to Danner after they were bought? I still see some of their stuff made here, but has quality suffered?

post #4580 of 5901
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Originally Posted by meso View Post

They're a little tight on me. Always have been. Didn't stretch much during break-in and are a little tight in the heel.
They would prob be perfect for someone with a 9.5 Barrie foot.

You youngsters should learn how to correct things instead of bailing out

 

2 ways to correct tight fit:

 

1) Wet them down inside and out with 50-50 mix of dist water and iso alchol, put on lace up real tight wear until dry 4-6 hrs, or

 

2) I can stretch Alligator/elephant leather like this:

A shoe repair shop is able to do the same and it is much cheaper then selling and rebuying.


They make PVC pipe in your exact heel size....:lol: 

post #4581 of 5901
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Originally Posted by climbinglife View Post
 

I'm not a Danner guy, can someone explain what happen to Danner after they were bought? I still see some of their stuff made here, but has quality suffered?


Danner did what all good public owned companies are forced to do, reduce costs to keep prices low by moving production to a lower cost of labor region/country.

 

Just like Whites did twice in US, first to cheaper mid west, then to even cheaper far upper west.

 

The less $$ that goes into production/sales the more that goes into the owners/stockholders pockets.

post #4582 of 5901
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Originally Posted by thelastquestion View Post

3rd way to correct tight fit: buy a pair of shoes that actually fits.

Agreed. I'd never soak my boots in isopropyl alcohol.
post #4583 of 5901
Baker's has guaranteed fit. they don't fit send them back. small price to pay for boots that are basically made to last a lifetime. Mine are going on 4 years and are still the most comfortable boots i own. They have molded to my foot. I am getting ready to send in for a resole and I'll be sure to get before and after pictures.
post #4584 of 5901
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Originally Posted by thelastquestion View Post
 

 

3rd way to correct tight fit: buy a pair of shoes that actually fits.


One would not have to correct that, so this is incorrect..... and distilled water/.iso alky is one of the main chemicals used in treating and tanning leathers so it was already done and does not hurt to do it again.

 

Learning how stuff is done helps understand how to make alterations or adjustments.

post #4585 of 5901
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Originally Posted by azcodito View Post

I thought I'd share a few pictures and my experience with White's.  Growing up in the Southwest and working as a firefighter I have known about White's for a long time but have been too cheap to go out on a limb and get a pair.  Wasting time on ebay I noticed that there are a handful of old/used up boots that can be picked up for a good deal.  I scored a pair of lineman/SJ boots.  $80 included shipping.  I shipped the boots to White's along with a sketch and measurements of my feet and we decided to go with an 11.5 E and down grade it the the original SJ (less leather and less weight than the lineman).  I asked to leave the midsole and stacked heel natural, but other than that it is the plain old smoke jumper, ready for some wildland firefighting.  I'm a 12 in Adidas/Nike. 11.5 EE in Danner, 10.5D in Red Wing IR/1907 and a 11D in Wolverine 1000 Mile.  



















So let me get this straight... you got the old worn out boots in the bottom 2 pictures for $80. Then got them redone by Whites and received back the boots pictured above? Amazing! What did the rebuild cost?
post #4586 of 5901
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Originally Posted by univibe88 View Post


So let me get this straight... you got the old worn out boots in the bottom 2 pictures for $80. Then got them redone by Whites and received back the boots pictured above? Amazing! What did the rebuild cost?

I believe a rebuild is around $200. depending on what style sole you get. leather sole being the cheapest. 

 

also, some people had asked about my brown smooth LTT farmer ranchers - 

here they are as of today. the left boot is the one that was rebuilt. as you can see the false tongue is still not broken in yet. I made the mistake of sending my pair in with the false tongue still attached. now the new one is sliding forward and driving me crazy. I'm still having some discomfort on my left big toe, which is a total bummer. So I'm planning on having these sent back to white's (again) and see if they can't work some magic on em. 

post #4587 of 5901
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Originally Posted by univibe88 View Post


So let me get this straight... you got the old worn out boots in the bottom 2 pictures for $80. Then got them redone by Whites and received back the boots pictured above? Amazing! What did the rebuild cost?


It is a well know practice for young people with empty wallets to buy used smoke jumpers. They have them resoled & heeled. It runs between $98 and $125 depending on the heel stacks and soles chosen. A complete rebuild where they replace the vamp and heel counter is $205-$225.

 

I have a pair in right now getting the soles and heels redone and the only extra I was quoted was to get the heels back to blocked heels.

 

It is a very good idea to have Whites also stretch the tongue as much as possible to have them ready to contour to your feet/ legs.

 

One must remember that when buying used it is imperative to treat the 1/4s leather very well (like I do to everything anyway), so it can contour to the new owners' feet.

 

Combine the tongue stretching and 1/4s treatment and buying used is very good way to get boots at 1/2 price.

post #4588 of 5901
Thanks for stopping by LouieForum.
post #4589 of 5901
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Originally Posted by LouieBailie View Post

One would not have to correct that, so this is incorrect..... and distilled water/.iso alky is one of the main chemicals used in treating and tanning leathers so it was already done and does not hurt to do it again.

Learning how stuff is done helps understand how to make alterations or adjustments.

Water is used in the process of dying denim and walking around in wet jeans to get a better fit just as idiotic.
post #4590 of 5901

Meso what does water and jeans have to do with leather stretch solution and shoes/boots?

 

You drinking and posting?

 

If you post in a public forum, people reply to those posts, that is the nature of public forums....and I will post anytime I have an answer to a question or post.

 

You are now on ignore...I do not have to read your trash anymore...have a nice life.

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