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post #7711 of 8712

i think your attention to detail will be rewarded.  I have been using my first pair of bison whites a lot recently here in Oregon in this rain storm and boy are they a great boot.  fit is just unrecognizable after wearing crappy tennis shoes most of my life in Calif.  Any day Kyle will be calling me and telling me to come get my horsehide Nicks.

post #7712 of 8712
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Originally Posted by JakeVooDoo View Post
 

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. 


I feel your pain.  I went with a custom fit and had a longer waiting time than almost everyone here has said they had.  I eventually stopped counting the weeks.  I didn't go through Baker's though, only because there is a dealer close to me who could do the measuring for me.

 

If it's any consolation, my White's are honestly the only lace up shoes or boots that have ever fit me properly.  The wait was completely worth it, even though it was difficult because my feet and right leg were in significant pain.

 

Hang in there and you will be handsomely rewarded!

post #7713 of 8712
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Originally Posted by PaintSplattered View Post
 


I feel your pain.  I went with a custom fit and had a longer waiting time than almost everyone here has said they had.  I eventually stopped counting the weeks.  I didn't go through Baker's though, only because there is a dealer close to me who could do the measuring for me.

 

If it's any consolation, my White's are honestly the only lace up shoes or boots that have ever fit me properly.  The wait was completely worth it, even though it was difficult because my feet and right leg were in significant pain.

 

Hang in there and you will be handsomely rewarded!

This is the GOAL! I spent a lot of Kyle's time trying to get the fit right. We had 2 try-on pair shipped to me and took 2 or 3 tracing's before Kyle was comfortable with the size we went with. 11 FF, I hope it is wide enough given that Whites run on the large size I think it will work. They are distressed smooth, and will be my test boot. Once I know the fit is 100%, I'm going to get a black SD Boot for more professional settings.

 

This forum has been Awesome! Went from a you tube boot review and know nothing about boots, to reading every post and coming to the conclusion that custom is the way to go. If you can't tell Im excited to get my boots. Hopefully this week. 

post #7714 of 8712
www.BakerShoe.com has a 10% off coupon code:

custom2015

It doesn't seem to work on BuildaBoot.com. I also don't think it works in store or by phone, but don't know for sure. I also don't know when it will expire.

I ordered some Semi-Dresses....black rough-out vamp and back stay, black smooth quarters...black edges, double-row sole stitching, single celastic toe box, curved logger heel, Vibram 700 sole, unlined, all small black eyes, 9.5C.

Regards,
Jon
post #7715 of 8712

bakers also sells some great outdoor clothing flisson pendelton etc along with yeti coolers and even guns. they even have a beer tap, quite nice. wearing some Lowa Tibet GTX boots right now from them incredible. can't conceive of them not honoring a discount in store

post #7716 of 8712

I found a pair of White's Semi Dress in chrome xl on ebay that are unlined.  How important (pros & cons) is it to have the chrome xl leather lined?

 

Thanks,

post #7717 of 8712
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Originally Posted by CowboyBagger View Post
 

I found a pair of White's Semi Dress in chrome xl on ebay that are unlined.  How important (pros & cons) is it to have the chrome xl leather lined?

 

Thanks,

my pair is unlined and I think its fine. 

post #7718 of 8712
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Originally Posted by CowboyBagger View Post

I found a pair of White's Semi Dress in chrome xl on ebay that are unlined.  How important (pros & cons) is it to have the chrome xl leather lined?

Thanks,

The vamp and toe will be lined, only the shaft is unlined. For some people CXL has stretched quite a bit and you end up with your laces creeping closer and closer. Others seem not to have had that problem.
post #7719 of 8712

mine are also unlined and are fine.

post #7720 of 8712
Good news- my order from Baker's shipped today. I doubt I will have by Christmas, but will likely have a week from now! I'd say that is excellent turnaround time considering I ordered on November 30.
post #7721 of 8712
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Originally Posted by GoodAg View Post

Good news- my order from Baker's shipped today. I doubt I will have by Christmas, but will likely have a week from now! I'd say that is excellent turnaround time considering I ordered on November 30.

nice. i was really impressed with the turnaround time as well. i guess this time of year is a little less busy than the spring, when all the firefighters are ordering their boots.

really hope your sizing works out with the boots that are on the way, Jake. still blown away by how awesome my boots fit and get better each day and hope others can have the same experience as me.
post #7722 of 8712
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Originally Posted by mr. burns View Post


nice. i was really impressed with the turnaround time as well. i guess this time of year is a little less busy than the spring, when all the firefighters are ordering their boots.

really hope your sizing works out with the boots that are on the way, Jake. still blown away by how awesome my boots fit and get better each day and hope others can have the same experience as me.

Think I'll call Kyle at Bakers tomorrow and bug him for the millionth time and see if I am even close to getting my Whites. I'm at 7 weeks+ since placing custom order and keep reading how awesome Whites are on this forum. 

post #7723 of 8712
Just got mine in the mail, ordered on November 30th with Baker's 10% off Cyber Monday code.



All Brown Dress SD, size 12D swing last. No celastic, all antique eyelets, close trim, standard heel dropped 1/4", brown edging, composite half-sole (Vibram 700? I forget - Kyle recommended it after a discussion on how fast the full 430 soles on my BH wore down & began to squeak)





Initial thoughts? The Brown Dress feels immediately broken-in compared to the Smooth Distressed on my Bounty Hunters. And it certainly looks close to black, but I know that will subtly change with time.

The 1/4" heel drop is immediately noticeable, putting these on after wearing my work boots all day that are the same size, last & heel shape but the full height. I suspect the sensation will even out over time as the inner sole collapses into shape.

I ordered red lining and this looks more like a shade of brown, but that's no problem. Just wanted to be sure the upper was lined & the red option seemed an interesting contrast. Beyond that I see no flaws in Quality Control.
post #7724 of 8712

Those look great, I've often thought I would like that brown dress. You know the only complaint I've ever had with my Whites, has been how quickly I wear out the soles. My SJ's got the 430 last time and I wore them out in a year. My Bounty Hunters came with the 700.I wore them smooth in 8 months. Granted their was plenty of rubber left but when smooth I couldn't walk without slipping in winter weather.  You know, I think that the original 100 sole that came on my SJ's lasted much longer than either of the others. I'm having my Bounty hunters redone with a half sole 430, and I'm going to try the honey vibram on my SJ's when I send them in. I ordered some Nomads a month ago, and I hope that with 3 sets of boots that I can rotate with, that maybe I'll get three years worth of wear time this go round.

Congrats on the new boots!

post #7725 of 8712
Today my first pair of wesco job master arrived. It is kind of bold than smoke jumper but also beautiful and tough. There is no arch support and the weight is little lighter than smoke jumper. I don't know why. But the problem is that I find it uncomfortable to move my ankle because of the 10inch height. Plusing the Vibram 100 outsole, the movement is kinda like a robot. I think it wil be better when I really break in. However, my suggestion is think twice when you really want a pair of high shaft boots,8,10 or even higher. Some guys here suggested me about the inconvenience of high shaft, but I didn't pay much attention about that. They are correct! [IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG]



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