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post #76 of 4558
Thread Starter 
So I was just thinking about the custom Semi Dress boots that I ordered awhile ago.
I haven't received them yet, but I was wondering about White's standard toe reinforcement.

Does White's use a single celastic toe box as their standard toe reinforcement? Or is that something you have to specifically request at the time of ordering?

I only ask because when I called my order in, I made no mention of the toe box, so I am curious how my boots will be made.
post #77 of 4558
I think the SD typically defaults to single celastic toe reinforcement...but I'm not positive and they do and have built them without any before. Might want to give them a ring on Monday.
post #78 of 4558
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Originally Posted by jaydc7 View Post

I am surprised that there has not been more interest in this newest offering from White's. It looks like a decent boot to me, just not too sure about the block heel. Has anyone ordered a pair?
post #79 of 4558
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Yeah, I saw those a while back. Definitely a nice take on a classic style. Are those even on White's website yet?
post #80 of 4558
anyone ordered the oxford before? http://www.bakershoe.com/shop-by-bra...-whites-boots/ iirc i saw some config to look like viberg oxford. real viberg
post #81 of 4558
I figured I might as well post up a few pictures of my whites boots. I guess you could say that mine are kind of simi custom. When I bought them they were not one of White's stock styles. The store where I bought them ordered a bunch of them in this configuration. Atleast
post #82 of 4558
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Originally Posted by Whacky View Post
Yeah, I saw those a while back.
Definitely a nice take on a classic style. Are those even on White's website yet?

I believe that they are a Baker's exclusive.
post #83 of 4558
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Originally Posted by bumgardner View Post
I figured I might as well post up a few pictures of my whites boots. I guess you could say that mine are kind of simi custom. When I bought them they were not one of White's stock styles. The store where I bought them ordered a bunch of them in this configuration.


Atleast

What is the configuration of these? They look like a standard Semi Dress models.
And Is that a single or a double leather sole?
post #84 of 4558
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Originally Posted by akmateo View Post
I am surprised that there has not been more interest in this newest offering from White's. It looks like a decent boot to me, just not too sure about the block heel. Has anyone ordered a pair?


Is it just me or dos the middle picture make it look like a clown shoe...it must just be the perspective but that looks like one bulbous toe...really off-putting.
post #85 of 4558
Some years ago I bought some White's on eBay, but I really got the sizing wrong, so I kinda forgot about them again and bought tons of other boots from different makers instead.

Now I want to give White's another try - the oxford/Rainier for starters-, but I'm unsure about the sizing.

I have feet like a duck - flat, slightly wide and with a narrow(er) heel. Does anybody have similar feet who can tell me if this is enough to chose the E-width, instead of the D-width? My worry is that if I chose the E-width, I'll have sufficient room in the toebox, but in return I'll get heel slip.

You Americans are super lucky - you have all these options. Short, Regular, Long etc. Plus more than one width. This is unheard of most places outside of the US.


I would send White's or Baker's the outline of my foot, but I live in Denmark, so I would rather avoid the hassle if possible. Or can you send them an e-mail with a scan of your tracing?
post #86 of 4558
How do Whites compare to Wesco's? I have a couple of pair of Wesco's already so just debating if it is worthwhile to buy some whites..they strike me as a little more stylish with the variation in leathers. etc. Thoughts?
post #87 of 4558
Thread Starter 
So I Just came back from vacation, and had a large, white box with the words "White's Boots" waiting for me.

I finally received my custom Semi Dress boots.
I was initially aiming to get a versatile boot (in color and style) that could be worn for a number of occasions. I think I managed to successfully create that boot.

These were the specs I asked for:
-Brown Semi Dress leather
-Single Leather sole
-90 degree block heel w/ Brown edge coloring
-Heel lowered by 1/4"
-Standard Last
-Close trim w/ the single row stitching
-Antique eyes and hooks
-Black leather liner

So These are my initial impressions:

-Immediately comfortable - This caused me the most hesitation when I initially felt like purchasing. These boots cost an awful lot of money for normal people, and I did not want them to be painful to wear. However, they felt amazing from the first second I put them on. Totally stunned me, and I was pleasantly surprised. The arch ease system is absolutely great, and my feet feel wonderful wearing these boots.

-Sizing - I didn't want to take chances, so I traced my foot and sent it to White's. Historically, I have been a standard 11D in pretty much every show I have ever worn. Gym shoes, dress shoes, flip flops, you name it. These White's custom boots carry the stamp of ' 10.5D ' on the inside. So I assume my trace, and traditionally an 11D foot was a 10.5D for White's. Either way, they fit absolutely perfectly!

-Excellent craftsmanship - I don't have much to compare these boots with, as I have never owned Alden, RW, or any other expensive boots. However, I went over the boots with a fine eye, and the details are great. The leather is fantastic. No blemishes, smooth and strong. The stitching is rugged perfectly aligned. The seams are tight, and the lining is impeccable. Clearly a high end boot that will wear well.

-Leather - The brown semi dress leather is a fairly standard choice for the semi dress model. It was soft right out of the box, and the color can easily compliment a wide variety of styles.

-I'm really happy with my custom choices - I'm glad I chose to lower the heel 1/4", and went with the block heel. The standard White's heel, the cuban heel ,or whatever you call it was just a little too risky for my style. However, every picture I saw of the standard block heel seemed way too bulky. The lowered heel really makes this boot compatible with my traditional style, and keeps the boot from looking clunky without sacrificing comfort.

Also, I'm very glad I chose the close trim option with the single row of stitching. It doesn't seem to suffer any lack of strength, and keeps the boot looking somewhat dressy and less like a super hardcore work boot.

-The laces kinda suck - While they seemingly compliment the entire boot well, they also seem to be in a different league as far as the quality is concerned. They aren't terribly by any means, but compared to the rest of this boot.....

Now, some might debate my next move, but I went ahead and applied Sno-Seal to the boots (whilst brand new and after the pictures below) as I live in the midwest and will wear these in a lot of both rain and snow. The Brown Semi Dress leather was great as the leather absorbed the Sno-Seal well, and had no noticeable color change. It was very simple and I'm glad I did it.


Here are the initial Pics
(The scuff on a few of the pics was done by me after I accidentally kicked my chair.)









post #88 of 4558
Excellent review, Whacky. My custom pair arrives tomorrow via UPS. Will post photos when they get here. Instead of sending in the tracing, I went ahead and ordered the same size as my Red Wing, Chippewa, Wolverine, etc. Somehow I trust this more than the tracing. Let's hope I'm right or it's a 500 clam mistake.
post #89 of 4558
What's that scuff in the sixth pic?
post #90 of 4558
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Originally Posted by bumgardner View Post
I figured I might as well post up a few pictures of my whites boots. I guess you could say that mine are kind of simi custom. When I bought them they were not one of White's stock styles. The store where I bought them ordered a bunch of them in this configuration.


Atleast
Wow, those are beautiful.

This thread is only confirming that SDs will be my next pair of boots. I can barely tolerate the block heel on my Tricker's, so I'm looking forward to the classic White's heel.
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