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I realize now why people have multiple pairs of these boots! It's impossible to be satisfied with just one color.
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GA
Thanks so much for posting these pics, I really appreciate it.


You're welcome, glad I can help. A few things I forgot to add:

 

I used the 2 - 1 - 3 lacing system as I was breaking the boots in and it helped a lot.

 

I don't fold the bellows tongue oven the front of my ankle like many seem to do, I take the extra and have it back towards each side of my ankle.  If that makes sense.  It's more comfortable to me that way.  I'm a big fan of having a bellows tongue on boots now because, for me at least, it has kept all rocks and dirt out of my boots.  

 

I didn't cut the false tongue, I used a leather punch and made holes on the top and flipped it, so the end with the points is towards the top instead.  The false tongue goes up the front of my ankle higher now and it's more comfortable, in my opinion.

 

I love how the soft toe feels, it's extremely comfortable.  With my boots in the past that had reinforced toes, I was always hitting the toe on something and it was more in the way than protecting me from anything.

 

The store I bought my White's from had a Steel Toe Packer model on display, and it actually looked great, not bulbous at all.  If I need a reinforced boot at some point, that's what I'm getting.  Otherwise it's soft toes for me.

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Been a long time lurker on this magnificent thread so thought I'd post a couple of pics of my beloved semi-dress before they depart to the cobbler for new heels. They're in #8 CXL on the the C461 last.

 

 

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sure are some purrdy boots there!
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I've noticed that the arch support increases as the swing last wears in.

post #7551 of 8712
Heads up - White's has Free Shipping this week on website orders. Great time to stock up on extra laces, which normally cost more to ship than purchase....
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Heads up - White's has Free Shipping this week on website orders. Great time to stock up on extra laces, which normally cost more to ship than purchase....


This is huge! I really needed new laces, but the prospect of that shipping charge always ruined it for me. Thank you!

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I'm curious if there are any pictures of British Tan with lots of wear. I've found pictures of BT when new and shiny, but have had trouble determining what this looks like after years of wear. Is this a tough, hard wearing leather?
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Same here - I ordered 4 pair. Nearly threw a jar of Obenauf's on the ticket as well... but I doubt I'll finish what I have on hand this winter
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I'm curious if there are any pictures of British Tan with lots of wear. I've found pictures of BT when new and shiny, but have had trouble determining what this looks like after years of wear. Is this a tough, hard wearing leather?

My British Tan SDs are brand new, so I'll also have to wait a few years to find out. But I don't think this is a particularly tough and hard wearing leather. It looks and feels more like CXL, not like the heavy duty oiltan leathers. It has the same softness and smoothness but on the other hand doesn't feel waxy / oily the way CXL does.

Being a pretty light colour, it is of course more susceptive to stains than darker leathers. Also, it is not really water repellent, so whatever liquids you get on them tend to penetrate the leather and leave marks. I use these as my “sunday boots“ and really love the colour and feel of the leather. For grim conditions, I use the brown smooth and black smooth leathers which are almost indestructible;-) There's also red dog and distressed smooth which I don't own any boots in but should be just as tough as the brown & black.

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Just bought a pair of semi dress in brown.  I impulse bought these online and didn't do my usual research before buying.  I ordered a half size down from my usual shoe size.  The boots seem to fit ok but are not very snug.  There is a slight heel lift which I'm hoping will go away after break in (which I don't expect to take very long as they seem pretty wearable out of the box).  

 

I don't have much experience with boots.  My foot measures 11" from heel to longest toe.  That is what the inside of the boot measures but somehow I have plenty of room in the toe box.  Just wondering if over time these will become looser.  They are not at all uncomfortable but I feel like they should be a little more snug.

 

Would love to hear from anyone that has had a similar experience.  Did I jump the gun and buy a size too big. 

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My British Tan SDs are brand new, so I'll also have to wait a few years to find out. But I don't think this is a particularly tough and hard wearing leather. It looks and feels more like CXL, not like the heavy duty oiltan leathers. It has the same softness and smoothness but on the other hand doesn't feel waxy / oily the way CXL does.
Being a pretty light colour, it is of course more susceptive to stains than darker leathers. Also, it is not really water repellent, so whatever liquids you get on them tend to penetrate the leather and leave marks. I use these as my “sunday boots“ and really love the colour and feel of the leather. For grim conditions, I use the brown smooth and black smooth leathers which are almost indestructible;-) There's also red dog and distressed smooth which I don't own any boots in but should be just as tough as the brown & black.
Thanks for the info. I saw your BTs a few posts up and they look awesome! What sole is that? I am about to pull the trigger on a pair but I'm just trying to figure out the sole I like. I like the single leather midsole but I would like a little grip- so I'm thinking about having Bakers put on a thin rubber topper. Kyle also said they can apply a mini commando half sole in house on top of the single leather midsole. That option also seems appealing.
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Just bought a pair of semi dress in brown.  I impulse bought these online 

 

@dxn2

 

Which width did you get? I ask because what you are describing (heel slip, should be a little more snug) sounds like you may have narrow feet and could wear a narrower width (e.g. a C or B instead of a D).

The actual size of your boots (probably a 10.5 if the internal measurement is 11") is definitely not too big and maybe even a bit short. I have a similar situation: My feet are 12 Inches long and I have a pair of 12.5D (internal length 12") Farmer-Ranchers which I now think are a bit too short. With boots, there should be some space left between your toes and the front of the toe box.

 

Heel slip will also become smaller as the boots are broken in. Depending on the type of sole, new White's can be pretty stiff, generating a lot of pull at the heel as they are bent while walking. This will improve with use. Also, the upper will slowly adapt to your foot shape and improve the fit. Be sure to lace the new boots tightly, and re-tighten them after a few hours, taking up the slack that has probably developed. You can fine-tune the fit with sock thickness – depending on the boot I use everything from superfine fil d'ecosse "dress" socks to medium weight Smartwool. Though if I have the choice, I personally prefer boots that fit with thin socks.

 

If the boot stretches or not will depend on the type of leather. CXL can supposedly stretch a bit if it's unlined, but I have two pairs of CXL boots that didn't.

 

@GoodAg

 

My pair has Vibram 700 soles, just like my Farmer-Ranchers. It wouldn't have been my first choice on an MTO because of the thick rubber layer that goes all the way through the heel. (The 269 becomes thinner towards the back and looks better in my opinion). But I bought these shoes as is through White's ebay outlet whitesriver. It was my "experimental" SD pair to find out the correct sizing for a future MTO without risking the full price. Actually, when you include shipping and customs duties, I ended up at a price that gets you an MTO in the US. The 700 is thick but has only a shallow profile, so it's very durable, which is an important consideration if you live in a remote place where resoling by Bakers oder Whites is impractical and local cobblers only rarely have experience with the White's construction method.

I'd really like a single-leather-soled SD as well, as it's probably the most comfortable White's and it looks fantastic. But I'm not sure how long it would last under my 110 kilos and who could do the eventual resole which in that model would require some skill and experience – there's only one sole, so for resoling, you'd have to reconstruct the whole bottom of the boot. Having Bakers put a half sole or topy on the leather soles sounds like good idea. 

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So, I got a new pair of White's. They were designed in conjunction with a local entrepreneur who has a shop where they design, make and sell leather goods. The name of the shop is Thrux Lawrence in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I've had mine for a few weeks and they are awesome! This is my third pair of White's and all have been a little different. I love the Cuban heel and this pair has the block. I was afraid that I would really notice a difference but I didn't. They also have a soft toe which I love. The really cool thing is that they have boots in STOCK! So, if you know your size and they have it, you can get them without the wait! Imagine how great that is right before Christmas. I wanted eyelets all the way up instead of the eyelet/hook set up that is standard so I had to order them and wait. Not a big deal to me. I just wanted to let all you guys know about this option. Just for the record: I have no interest in Thrux Lawrence or White's either personally, professionally, or financially. I just love the boots and I know you guys do too.
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I put in new laces (they come with classic work boot style and leather) and I trimmed the points off of the tongues.
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