I ordered some White's Semi-Dress in black CXL from Amazon for 30% off on Black Friday...received them on Saturday. Wow, I love them. The arch-ease works for my feet which give me a lot of trouble. I also like the look. The Cuban heel is a bit affected, but it helps the gait dynamics, I think. In fact, I like the black so much, I then ordered the brown CXL for Cyber Monday, with the discount again at 30%, and got them today. Love the brown too.
I would say there are mild imperfections on both, but I feel they add to the old-timey, handmade nature of the boots.
The real problem with these boots is that now my Red Wing Beckmans don't seem as nice as previously.
In comparison to my Alden Indy Boots, I can say they are of equal but different quality. The Aldens are more refined, but the Semi-Dress seem more substantial and durable, though not actually heavier.
Regarding sizing: I wear a 10D in Allen Edmonds Park Avenues and Leeds, as well as Dundees. My Brannock size is also about a 10D, perhaps 10C, with low volume feet. My Alden Indy Boots are 9.5 D, but I feel they are a bit generous. I fit great into 9.5D in Red Wing Beckmans, Iron Rangers, and 875s. My arches are a bit long relative to my total foot length. I wear athletic shoes mainly in 10.5 or 11 D. I have tried on Wolverines and felt that 9D was a tad short and 9.5 D a tad loose. I have tried on Chippewas and found their 9.5D to be pretty good for me. I wear a 9.5 EE in Danner Lights, which fit well, but were actually a tad narrow initially. None of these other provide the support of these wonderful White's Boots.
So what size are the White's? :-)