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Originally Posted by Royteane View Post

Will composite toe get my feet cold when walk through snow?

I live in tropical, not so sure which boots to wear (composite toe SJ and shell cordovan dress boots) to Hokkaido winter trip.


I think the composite toe will keep the wet out if show melts, but the cordovan may well get damaged with the wet and chemicals they use to melt the snow. Keep those at home.

post #7697 of 8712
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post

Okay, calling all SD Brown Dress owners:  I am thinking of getting a pair, but am thinking about the various options -- Brass vs antique eyelets; all eyelets vs speedhooks; captoe vs no captoe; which sole to go with, lined vs unlined, etc.  I know there are pics posted all over the place, but it'd be nice to get them all here in one place, and to get updated pics from those of you who have posted in the past.

So, @meso
, @bl@ster
, @AT83
, @b-ewing, and all you other guys with brown dress SDs, how about new pics?  And also, how about some feedback on what you especially like or don't like about your build? What would do the same, or different if you were ordering a pair now?

Thanks!

All you need is this. I really like the antique eyelets too.
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ankle bite is going away fast and my ankles are healing so the boots are getting to be pretty much perfect. i can't take them off because they feel so good on my feet, and when i finally take them off i can't stop staring at them because they look better and better each day.


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I have 2 pairs of White's. One from a few years ago and one from last spring and have no qualms with the quality of either pair. 

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Originally Posted by daizawaguy View Post
 

Just stopped by ABC Mart shoe shop in Ginza, now the owner of Whites. They have started to stock them in their flagship store. Prices range from 90,000-120,000Yen ($700-1000). I was so surprised of the quality drop since I last ordered my last Whites 3 years or so ago. Same leathers and soles, but sloppy cutting, stitching and finishing. It was not as if it was random too, just the overall finish was sloppy. I`m off to Hawaii tomorrow, and hope to buy some Whites made from a few years ago, from a stockiest in Waikiki. What a disappointment. ABC Mart though are known for cutting costs and making shoes in places like Cambodia (or Myanmar?) and Sri Lanka, and copies of well known brands too. Any comments on recent Whites quality? This forum seems to have had quite a few mishaps some time back, but this seems to be engrained in their batch in Japan now. 

pics are of 2015 pair when new. 

post #7700 of 8712
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Originally Posted by broken_oracle View Post

I have a Brown Dress SD pair in the pipe that should be ready in a few weeks - will post pics & impression once they arrive.

I went with all antique eyelets, swing last, no cap toe, close trim, standard heel dropped 1/4", composite half-sole, red leather lining.

💭Very close to my idea of an [ultimate] SD build ... Except, I'd prefer SD last, red lining, unstructured [plain] toes, brown 702 w/ the half-slips, close trim, all antique eyelets, Brown Bison backstays, block heels__ don't particularly like the std [Cuban] heels aesthetic, but I do like the old Viberg Service boots w/ just slight taper to the bottom. So, I'll just have them sanded down by my trusted cobbler🤓

I'm just waiting for my Viberg Hopper delivery before I put in my order. I mentioned "ultimate" as it is the distillation of the Semidress essence & experience, for me ... like an SD 2.0 version = the Brownies ..... also, if done right🙏🏻, these will prolly be my last White's pair, for good.
Edited by IIIrd Icon - 12/17/15 at 6:36am
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@linafelt  Here is my pair. BHs with commando mini lug half soles and antique eyes and hooks. The only thing I'd do different is go either toe cap or celastic toe box and not both. Having both makes the front a little bulbous like the RW Beckman boots. I was hoping it might work with the dress leather as it is thinner than the smooth leathers. 

 

 

And a picture of my Brown Smooth BHs, my most comfortable pair.. 

 


Edited by mogili222 - 12/17/15 at 7:27am
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Originally Posted by mr. burns View Post

ankle bite is going away fast and my ankles are healing so the boots are getting to be pretty much perfect. i can't take them off because they feel so good on my feet, and when i finally take them off i can't stop staring at them because they look better and better each day.


The 'WHITES BITE' as my firefighting buddies call it. I was told the SD wouldn't be as difficult to break in as the lumberjack boots, but you still get the longevity and quality with Whites. They are looking GREAT!! My order is 99% close to yours, and still haven't gotten them yet so good to hear news on your pair are working out. 

post #7703 of 8712
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Originally Posted by JakeVooDoo View Post

broken_oracle,

When did you place your order? was it through Bakers, or Whites directly? I also have SD in the pipe and my order went to Whites Nov 4, 2015 and still waiting. 

I believe it was Nov 30th
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Woah! Just got the email my boots are finished & on their way. So much faster than I expected (I think the wait on my first pair was rouhly 20 weeks)
post #7705 of 8712
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Originally Posted by broken_oracle View Post

I believe it was Nov 30th
Very cool! I placed my order Nov 30, and I don't believe the order was too complicated... CXL semi dress with cap toe. We will see if I get as lucky as you!
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Latest pic of my CXL White's for Linafelt and the boot fans out there. Nice patina, starting to take a shine as well.

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Well I got 3 pairs and none fit. All went back to Amazon. They were not wide enough. They looked fantastic, but even a EE was to narrow. But boy were they nice.
post #7709 of 8712
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Originally Posted by JakeVooDoo View Post

Well I got 3 pairs and none fit. All went back to Amazon. They were not wide enough. They looked fantastic, but even a EE was to narrow. But boy were they nice.


That is a massive bummer!  However, it's good that you didn't try to convince yourself that they fit and wind up with boots that didn't work for you.

 

Regards,

Jon

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Originally Posted by Whirling View Post
 


That is a massive bummer!  However, it's good that you didn't try to convince yourself that they fit and wind up with boots that didn't work for you.

 

Regards,

Jon

I struggled in returning them, I thought I got a good deal go with the ones that have the best fit. Since I haven't gotten back my custom order from kyle (7 weeks, and counting) I was itching to get something. I ordered a 11 -Size,  FF -Width with an extra large gusset/tongue, I think the large gusset is holding it up. I'll post pictures once they arrive and show what Whites does to accommodate an extra wide gusset. 

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