Originally Posted by bl@ster
^ Can you post pics of the samples plz?
I'll see if I can -- I don't do much digital photography, but I'll try. Not sure how much will be shown with the four inch samples though. The real benefit is being able to feel them. There are clear differences in thickness and texture. From thick to thin, they go: Oil Tan (very thick), Chromexcel (slightly less thick, and very supple), Dress (less thick than CXL, but stiffer) [[Don't think I am not catching the double entendres here!]], and Calfskin (thinnest and shiniest of all).
As a couple of people have said, I think the CXL would be less stretchy in boot form, but I have to admit that feeling it slowed down my enthusiasm for it a bit. It looks and feels great in every other way though.
Here's a heel/sole question: Most pictures where there is a full length sole (as opposed to 'commando' half sole), the rubber part of the sole that goes through the heel seems pretty wide, maybe a quarter inch or so. But I have seen an occasional picture where that black rubber part in the sole is much thinner, seems like an 8th inch or less. Can anyone say what that sole is with the thinner heel presence? I asked White's, but they misunderstood the question I think; and I have asked them so much that I didn't want to keep bugging them.