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Originally Posted by mr. burns View Post

a bit of neutral chelsea leather food turns the distressed smooth into a really nice chocolate brown.


Those are great boots.  I am sure you'll be getting a lot of great use out of them.  Do you feel less arch support with the lower heel?

 

Regards,

Jon

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They're standard heel height and the arch feels great. The biting in the ankle gets less and less as they stretch to form around my ankle, but it's been bearable enough to wear them for my whole work day from the start.
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MY WIFE IS GOING TO FREAK-OUT!!!!

 

 

I just put $1,086 on my visa to 'try-on' some white boots. I figured that if I was going to spend $362.07 on boots, I should get the right size. So I ordered 11.5, 11, and 10.5 EE to make sure it is as close to perfect I can get. They should be here here on Tuesday, so if anyone has any 'science' experiments they want me to perform let me know and I'll post some pictures. I will take pictures off all three together to show difference in sizes to get an idea of how much each size truly changes in dimensions. Would be really nice to see if I can get my custom pair of boots in next week for another comparison (11 FF Distressed Smooth- was Kyle's suggestion for my duck feet) If none of the Amazon boots fit right, then all 3 go back and I order a custom pair in black through Bakers.

 

 

If this is my last post, then the wife 'cut' off something and it might be awhile before I heal up and can post again. 

(kidding, I wear the pants and shortly the boots to match) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by JakeVooDoo View Post
 

MY WIFE IS GOING TO FREAK-OUT!!!!

 

 

I just put $1,086 on my visa to 'try-on' some white boots. I figured that if I was going to spend $362.07 on boots, I should get the right size. So I ordered 11.5, 11, and 10.5 EE to make sure it is as close to perfect I can get. They should be here here on Tuesday, so if anyone has any 'science' experiments they want me to perform let me know and I'll post some pictures. I will take pictures off all three together to show difference in sizes to get an idea of how much each size truly changes in dimensions. Would be really nice to see if I can get my custom pair of boots in next week for another comparison (11 FF Distressed Smooth- was Kyle's suggestion for my duck feet) If none of the Amazon boots fit right, then all 3 go back and I order a custom pair in black through Bakers.

 

 

If this is my last post, then the wife 'cut' off something and it might be awhile before I heal up and can post again. 

(kidding, I wear the pants and shortly the boots to match) 

 

I hope I didn't enable you by talking about all my Amazon White's Boots purchases.   That said, I am pleased with my spending spree.  I am glad I lucked out on size.  It can be hard to guess.  I wish I could buy all my boots in person at reasonable prices, but that just isn't possible. Amazon makes returning things so easy.  Also, their quick and free shipping (I have Prime) makes the gratification so much faster...

 

Regards,

Jon

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Thanks Jon,

Yes you did encourage me to search Amazon. I have a custom pair ordered through Bakers, I should get by Christmas but that 'Process' started back in August. It will be 5months of back and forth, to get the right size.

Have a good weekend!
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Originally Posted by JakeVooDoo View Post
 

Feed back? 

 

Still waiting on my custom pair of White's, but saw these on Amazon and grabbed them. With the holiday sale final price of $335!! I couldn't pass them up. ((Receive 25% off Enter code HOLIDAYS25 at checkout)) to get them down from $447 to $335. 

 

Am I missing something?

I got a good deal, but am I giving up on anything?

Are they the same quality of boot as the Custom boots I ordered through Bakers?

Is the $335 a good deal, or am I just desperate to get into a pair of White's I acted to quick?

 

They have free returns, so not worried about getting refund (shipping is free, i mean) 

 

What do you guy's think? is it a steal of a deal, or am I getting a White's low end boot? 

 

Thanks!! 

(When I get the custom order, I'll post a bunch of pictures with Custom order details)

 

 

You're not missing anything. They are genuine White's. Even though you got a decent price, just bear in mind that this boot would only be $409 at Baker's AND you could get the rubber sole and heel style of your choice, if you like. Also bear in mind that these are unlined and some people recommend lining cxl leather. I got mine unlined and they are fine, but I just wear them to the office. If you wanted to do real work in them, they might stretch.

 

I did get these same boots at Amazon boots and I love them. But I got an even lower price so it was worth it for me to put on an after-market 1/2 rubber sole. If you just wanted a leather sole, you will love these! This leather is unlike anything else you have likely bought.

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Originally Posted by petersim View Post
 

You're not missing anything. They are genuine White's. Even though you got a decent price, just bear in mind that this boot would only be $409 at Baker's AND you could get the rubber sole and heel style of your choice, if you like. Also bear in mind that these are unlined and some people recommend lining cxl leather. I got mine unlined and they are fine, but I just wear them to the office. If you wanted to do real work in them, they might stretch.

 

I did get these same boots at Amazon boots and I love them. But I got an even lower price so it was worth it for me to put on an after-market 1/2 rubber sole. If you just wanted a leather sole, you will love these! This leather is unlike anything else you have likely bought.


It is certainly true that if the Amazon make up isn't to one's liking, they wouldn't be such a deal.  Deals are never deals if one gets something one doesn't really want.

 

Regarding lining CXL leather, I should point out that these boots have leather-lined vamps, anyway, not too mention leather-lined heels.  It's just the quarters that aren't lined.  It's pretty hefty CXL, though, so I don't imagine stretching should be too big a deal...though I guess only time will tell for me.

 

With regard to using these boots for "real work," I agree they wouldn't be too appropriate, given the leather soles, which I think would be more limiting than any issue with the lack of lining in the quarters.  Of course, adding rubber soles would also make these less dressy, which wouldn't be my preference.  After-market glue-on thin rubber "topies" shouldn't cost much and would change the look less than full rubber soles or "commando" half soles.

 

All that said, I can see why a lot of guys would want these boots with rubber soles, linings, and other options.  Thus, many guys, especially those with more patience than I have, would prefer to go the Baker's Shoes route and get exactly what struck their fantasy...which JakeVooDoo is ALSO doing.  Myself, I'm tempted by some 6" "Bounty Hunters" to slot in between my Semi-Dress pairs and my Smoke Jumpers.  

 

Regards,

Jon

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I scratched my itch while waiting for delivery from Bakers with a pair from Whitesriver site.  you can also send them back .I feel any whites boot on my foot is a good thing.  custom through Kyle just makes the boot and experience a little better. I too am a small businessman an see just how well he does with his staff and store.  we worked up a nicks boot and at my age I hope I can still walk by the time it arrives. I don't have enough patience to wait for my next breath normally let alone a boot.

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Gonna be hopping on the White's train soon through Baker's.

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Originally Posted by Whirling View Post
 


It is certainly true that if the Amazon make up isn't to one's liking, they wouldn't be such a deal.  Deals are never deals if one gets something one doesn't really want.

 

Regarding lining CXL leather, I should point out that these boots have leather-lined vamps, anyway, not too mention leather-lined heels.  It's just the quarters that aren't lined.  It's pretty hefty CXL, though, so I don't imagine stretching should be too big a deal...though I guess only time will tell for me.

 

With regard to using these boots for "real work," I agree they wouldn't be too appropriate, given the leather soles, which I think would be more limiting than any issue with the lack of lining in the quarters.  Of course, adding rubber soles would also make these less dressy, which wouldn't be my preference.  After-market glue-on thin rubber "topies" shouldn't cost much and would change the look less than full rubber soles or "commando" half soles.

 

All that said, I can see why a lot of guys would want these boots with rubber soles, linings, and other options.  Thus, many guys, especially those with more patience than I have, would prefer to go the Baker's Shoes route and get exactly what struck their fantasy...which JakeVooDoo is ALSO doing.  Myself, I'm tempted by some 6" "Bounty Hunters" to slot in between my Semi-Dress pairs and my Smoke Jumpers.  

 

Regards,

Jon

Points well taken, Jon. I was simply trying to point out to Jake 'what he's giving up' and 'if they were a good deal' and if they were the same quality as from Baker's. I asked myself the exact same questions before I got my SD's on Amazon.

 

One other point to make is that if you are flexible on what you're looking for, whitesriver on ebay is a great resource. The sizes and styles are hit or miss, but they usually have a good selection of smokejumpers. These especially are a great deal.

 

And since I'm writing, can I ask how you find the fit to compare between your SDs and smokejumpers? what size of each did you get? I was surprised how 'roomy' the SD last is.

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Originally Posted by petersim View Post

Points well taken, Jon. I was simply trying to point out to Jake 'what he's giving up' and 'if they were a good deal' and if they were the same quality as from Baker's. I asked myself the exact same questions before I got my SD's on Amazon.

One other point to make is that if you are flexible on what you're looking for, whitesriver on ebay is a great resource. The sizes and styles are hit or miss, but they usually have a good selection of smokejumpers. These especially are a great deal.

And since I'm writing, can I ask how you find the fit to compare between your SDs and smokejumpers? what size of each did you get? I was surprised how 'roomy' the SD last is.

I will also state that no matter how well made, leather soles don't work great for long walks on concrete or wet conditions, so they are much more of a niche product.

I find the Smoke Jumper LTT are just a bit roomier, but can be laced about as tightly. My feet are a tad narrow for most D-width footwear, but they are also kind of low volume, so I keep on thinking I should try getting C-width. I wear heavy socks, which makes up the difference, but it is not an ideal solution for my chronically hot and sweaty feet.

As an aside, my 9.5 D Nick's x Zuriick 6" Williams boots, which I believe are a version of Nick's Robert boots, fit slightly snugger than my 9.5 D White's SDs or SJs. They me even be a smidge shorter, but I can't be certain.

Not to knock anybody, but what I don't quite understand is why people are so excited by Truman boots, which are exclusively special order, but only available in a single width on a single last. Are they such high quality compared to White's and Nick's that one would pay more for them to get fewer options? However, to contradict myself, I find Trumans oddly seductive and see the appeal of supporting the underdog, new company.

Regards,
Jon
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Originally Posted by mr. burns View Post

They're standard heel height and the arch feels great. The biting in the ankle gets less and less as they stretch to form around my ankle, but it's been bearable enough to wear them for my whole work day from the start.

 

Here's my tip for making the ankle form easier and more comfortably with no product needed:

 

Lace your boots up after you take them off, and lace them so they look like your foot is still in them. If that makes sense.  Hopefully I'm being clear.  I did this with my 8" boots and I found it helped a lot.  I didn't feel like I was forcing the leather to bend around my ankle bones every morning when I put my boots on.

 

Hope that helps!

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Now about 2 weeks into waiting for my new Brown Dress Semi-Dress. Suppose I could kill some time ordering waxed laces for them... what's a good lace length for White's 5" boots?
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Originally Posted by broken_oracle View Post

Now about 2 weeks into waiting for my new Brown Dress Semi-Dress. Suppose I could kill some time ordering waxed laces for them... what's a good lace length for White's 5" boots?

I bought some flat waxed Wolverine laces for them in a local shop, which were same length as stock laces...53"...they work well and look good.

I am not one (or knot one) to get worked up over laces, but was amazed at how unsatisfying the stock laces were on my Semi-Dress boots. Both the black and brown pair came with brown laces of the flimsiest possible sort. One split in half around an eyelet when I pulled it tight at the wrong time.

It is very important that you burn or shred the old laces, rather than just put them in the trash because an innocent person might come across them later and try to use them.

Interestingly, my Smoke Jumpers came with both superior quality leather laces and nylon (?) laces. The Smoke Jumpers, like the SDs, were purchased from Amazon, so it has nothing to do with the retailer.

Regards,
Jon
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Gave my work boots their fortnightly saddle soaping [Fiebing's] last night, then a less-frequent coat of Obenauf's LP. Set the oven to ~100F, put them in there (on clean foil) for about 20 minutes - this works far better than the hair dryer method. The LP really soaks in - with a quick [dry horsehair] brush afterward the leather takes on a perfect satin sheen.

Here they are on the street, this disturbingly warm (63f), rainy Chicago December Sunday - paired with my It's Laundry Day old tan 501s.




(6" Bounty Hunters, Swing Last, all Smooth Distressed Brown, no celastic, toe cap, standard height Cuban heel, standard trim, antique hardware, top 3 hooks, Vibram 430 sole, fringe trimmed off the false tongue. About 12 months of hard use.)

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