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I can tell it's getting cold out purely by the fact that my boot lust is increasing exponentially.  My next pair (6" BH in brown dress w/ lowered block heels and Vibram 430) has been on order for 3 weeks, and I'm hoping they'll arrive before my hiking trip in Portugal in November.  Fingers are crossed that they'll ship soon.  That will bring my total number of pairs of White's up to 5 (9" BH in brown dress, smooth distressed, distressed roughout, and #8 CXL, all with Vibram 430 and lowered block heels), so my addiction is real.

 

In my fear that they won't get here in time, I'm trying to remember the stores that actually stock White's (ideally pairs other than just stock semi-dress boots), but I can't seem to remember any of the good ones. I know there are some interesting makeups out there, but I'm blanking on who sells them.  Can you guys help to refresh my memory? 

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To continue @IIIrd Icon sole conversation, I am getting a Goodyear commando sole and sending them with my White's to be resoled by Drew's. Currently I have the 430, but haven't been impressed. I have the commando's on another pair of boots and love them. Drew's did not have them but agreed to put them on if I supplied the soles. Sounds like the best of both worlds to me.
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Originally Posted by broken_oracle View Post

I have a pair of 430-soled Bounty Hunters custom ordered via Kyle at Baker's, about a year old. I wear them every day for work; they see a bit of abuse - nicks & scratches from crates & pallets - but I keep them clean & Obenauf'ed as needed.

The heels need replacement now, and though the 430 sole has held up well it's started to squeak like hell! On both boots. Tapping the vibram outer sole beneath the ball of my foot it sounds/feels like it may have separated there from the leather base. The sound is so obnoxious I'm wondering if it's already time to resole them completely... Bummer.

(In other news, the Distressed Smooth leather has held up like a champ & only looks better with age.)


nice boots. sounds like we have similar work conditions. was thinking of getting distressed smooth for the extra toughness, but i think i could get away with cxl.
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it is late here.  I will take and post some better pictures tomorrow.  the lane chest cedar chest is 50 inches wide and holds a 2 tier bed bath and beyond usa retailer shoe rack that is 30 inches wide. that leave 20 inches for some boxes to hold products if you wish.  I have an additional side table that I use in conjunction with all this to hide away most of my polishes, waxes, buffers, and rags dressings.  a good friend welded up a heavy metal polish stand that sits down over the edge and has an 30 degree angle to pos shjoes with towels. it is lifted  off thje chest for closing the top go  I have a smaller shelf with 2 leavel that sit down in the chest. nicer end ie cordovan leather are in sacks with trees  off now to snooze   dave

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IIIrd Icon,

I have loved the laces on your SD since I saw the first picture online! Where did you get them? I have several pairs of boots they would look great on. I have a pair of boots that had a horrible crepe sole so I had it switched to leather with cat paw heels. I think they wear faster but I love the vintage look. I also have a pair of Chipewas that came with a rubber sole that I changed to leather with a Goodyear raptor sole. Totally changes the look of the boot. I love the classic American look.
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motojobo,  the cedar chest is simply a clean up probably 50 years old, I actually got it free.  the wood shelves are stock Bed Bath and Beyond items $40.   3 shelves 3 shoes each.  I cut one down.  they lift out of the cabinet for access to the bottom row.  I can remove the polishing piece and close the lid if I wish.  a welder made it and I coated the inside of the metal with "Plastic Dip"  to protect the wood as it goes over the edge of the cabinet , painted the raw steel and finally put the rubber on to stabilize the shoe as I buff it..there is even a small drawer in the bottom of the cabinet for my laces collection

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Little teaser...two new pairs of SmokeJumpers came in today.  I'll try to get some better pics up asap

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by 7018 View Post
 

Little teaser...two new pairs of SmokeJumpers came in today.  I'll try to get some better pics up asap

 

 

 

 

 

These look great!  Mind if I ask when you ordered yours?  I ordered a pair on Oct 4, and I'm curious to see what their turnover is nowadays.

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Originally Posted by cathpah View Post

These look great!  Mind if I ask when you ordered yours?  I ordered a pair on Oct 4, and I'm curious to see what their turnover is nowadays.

Looks like I placed this order on 9/23
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was down at Bakers today and went to buy a smokejumper and ended up with an olive nicks cxl ordered.  they staff there were and always have been incredible. I took a friend with horrible feet problems and was pushing whites they listened and said nope exactly wrong for his foot.  he now is wearing an unbelievable Lowa Tibet boot.  their insole expert is also fitting him with insoles specifically for his problem. I have never seen anything like it. living in Oregon is great enough but this adds the final touch. 

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Originally Posted by 7018 View Post

Little teaser...two new pairs of SmokeJumpers came in today.  I'll try to get some better pics up asap







Is that distressed smooth?
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Originally Posted by andy b. View Post


Is that distressed smooth?

Nope, natural cxl.  I do have a pair of smokejumpers in distressed smooth though

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Here are the build specs

 

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Quote: wow, so the brown pair is cxl upper, huh? thought it was brown smooth. this is exactly one build i am thinking of. brown smooth roughout for durability on toe and counter and cxl upper for comfort. i was wondering what they would look like [i am also contemplating all brown roughout or roughout toe/counter and British tan upper]. can i ask you to take some more pics, different angles and lighting? and did that $430 price include the cream liner? [that's also the liner i was going to get] i thought the lining was extra? unless they include the lining for cxl orders??? thanks! great boots!
Originally Posted by 7018 View Post
 

Here are the build specs

 

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Quote: you know b-ewing, i have wondered how well glue alone would hold up. gluing leather to leather is fairly easy as leather is very porous [like gluing a soft wood] but gluing leather to rubber seems more difficult. rubber does not 'absorb' the glue like leather does. so that's exactly what you are seeing. the leather to leather joints are holding up fine but leather to rubber is the weaker joint. at this point, i wonder if it is only the nails that are holding the stack together?
Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

My 4+ year old SJs have 430s on them and they have worn very nicely.

However, there has been some somewhat emphasized separation between the leather stack and rubber sole at the back of the heels, and I've often wondered if it'd be as exaggerated on composit soles? Obviosly wouldn't be an issue with all leather heels

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