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post #7516 of 8721

BTW, anyone happen to have pics of SDs made with brown oil tan with some wear on them..?

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Anyone have pics comparing the black/brown smooth with black/brown chromexcel?

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I found this place from searching for work boots with the best arch support so I figured this was the best place to post after the intro thread.

 

I've had a pair of White's Packers since May and I love them.  The arch support was very much needed.  Various inserts I've tried always left me feeling like I needed something different, and I tried some expensive ones, even going as far as trying multiple orthopedics at once and ankle wraps. 

 

I wear mine to paint in (fine art painting) and general work.  I spare them nothing so they are beat up at the moment.  

 

They are made with black oil tan leather, which really takes abuse and cleans up well. To anyone who orders those leathers, I'll warn you that it can be rough at first and don't be afraid to use a water/rubbing alcohol mixture on problem spots. I had one spot where a bone on the side of my foot stuck out and the leather was reinforced in that area, right by the stitching, so it was two thick layers.  The boot stretching solution (actually it was Fibbing's which the store gave me free) sprayed on the inside and rubbed into the leather helped form the leather around my foot.  Now they feel amazing and I wear them all day without taking them off. No joke. So the thick leathers are seriously tough. Obenauf's leather oil is amazing too, but don't overdo it, and since mine are black I didn't have to worry about color change.

 

Lucky for me there's a dealer 45 minutes away from me, but it's awesome so many people have had good experiences with Baker's.

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I'm thinking about getting a natural cxl SD with the standard last, cap toe, and no celastic toe box. I've gone through the majority of this forum(lots of good info!), but can't say I've seen the cap toe with no celastic. I like the cap toe look but I feel like it gets sort of bulbous looking. Any thoughts on this?
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On more sleek/lower profile Viberg lasts like 2030 & 2005, unstructured cap looks decent ... But on SD/SJ, works best on plain toe, IMO
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Originally Posted by GoodAg View Post

I'm thinking about getting a natural cxl SD with the standard last, cap toe, and no celastic toe box. I've gone through the majority of this forum(lots of good info!), but can't say I've seen the cap toe with no celastic. I like the cap toe look but I feel like it gets sort of bulbous looking. Any thoughts on this?

Eastwest sells this build.
post #7522 of 8721
Thanks for the advice and info. I've been leaning toward the SD over my last couple of months of review, but now I'm starting to consider the BH. I like the idea of having a solid natural cxl boot with maybe a brown bison heel counter, standard heel and single leather sole. I'm not going to be using these for work, but for casual and dress casual situations. Can the BH look as refined as the SD with the right build?
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Originally Posted by GoodAg View Post

I'm thinking about getting a natural cxl SD with the standard last, cap toe, and no celastic toe box. I've gone through the majority of this forum(lots of good info!), but can't say I've seen the cap toe with no celastic. I like the cap toe look but I feel like it gets sort of bulbous looking. Any thoughts on this?


I've ordered just that make up SD in Swing last - with brown cxl backstay, should look cool.  

 

I have swing lasted dress brown SD's with no celastic - dress brown is not as soft as chromexcel so the cap toe has held up quite well.

We'll see if the cxl hols up as nicely.

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I think cap toe boots, and shoes for that matter, look fantastic.

 

The boots in the post above look amazing!  Turns out I don't require the extra room the swing last provides, but it does sound appealing if I was going for a work boot and didn't opt for a custom fit and the extra wait time that can add.

post #7525 of 8721

Here's an old pic of my black CXL SD's with a toe cap and without celastic (I posted this pic earlier in this thread). I think this build works and looks great.

 

 

In terms of SD vs the BH, I like both. I think the SD looks just a bit more "refined" than the BH, But my brown dress BHs hold a shine well and look plenty classy. I wear them to work with chinos all the time.

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About to go into my first winter with my White's bounty hunter in brown dress. Would love some ideas on making them a little more water resistant, and for general care of the dress leather, since I haven't done anything to it yet.

 

I already own Obenauf's boot oil and the LP. Not sure which one or if either are appropriate. Or any better ideas? To clarify, not looking to water proof, but just

increase resistance and nourish the leather

 

Thanks

post #7527 of 8721

You'll get conflicting views on leather treatment here, but I just gave my brown dress BHs their annual (or sometimes semiannual, depending) Obenauf's HDLP treatment. I use a very light application with my fingers. The treatment makes no discernible difference to the leather's appearance but does seem to soften and moisturize it nicely. I personally like the water resistance added by the Obenauf's, especially given the winters here in the northeast. If I was just wanting to nourish the leather, I'd use Venetian shoe creme. But to each his own ...

 

 

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Originally Posted by Carson View Post
 

About to go into my first winter with my White's bounty hunter in brown dress. Would love some ideas on making them a little more water resistant, and for general care of the dress leather, since I haven't done anything to it yet.

 

I already own Obenauf's boot oil and the LP. Not sure which one or if either are appropriate. Or any better ideas? To clarify, not looking to water proof, but just

increase resistance and nourish the leather

 

Thanks

post #7528 of 8721

Anybody ever do any custom builds on white's packer last? I'm looking for something a little more elegant than a SD or BH; kind of along the lines of the Wesco motor patrol toe or the #2 toe from nicks, but I'm pretty loyal to White's / Bakers at this point.

post #7529 of 8721

I need to wash mine off, but I can take a picture or two of them after I do.  

 

They are standard black oil tan, so not anything fancy.  I know it's hard to find pictures of them though, because I spent a long time looking while I was waiting for mine.  

post #7530 of 8721

Just to be clear, are these Swing last dress brown..?  They look great to me.  Any more pics?

 

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Originally Posted by Kissmyanthia View Post
 

 

I have swing lasted dress brown SD's with no celastic - dress brown is not as soft as chromexcel so the cap toe has held up quite well.

 

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