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Curious whether you'll treat the rough out leather with anything? I do treat my boots occasionally and sparingly with Obenauf's HDLP. I wonder if this would work well on the rough out or if it would radically alter its appearance? Perhaps one would have to use a spray on weatherproof solution ...

 

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Really pleased with how these turned out, although considering how long I spent looking up images and researching every detail I was anticipating any surprises haha. Built these to be my summer and warmer weather boot when lined brown smooth boots with thick socks can be a little stifling.

 

Decided to give the block heel a shot and my first impressions are pushing me toward being a bigger fan of the curved heel but it's not a huge thing and I appreciate having the variety in the rotation of boots. Especially coming straight out of my other White's which have the standard heel there's a bit of a falling backward feel with the lowered block heel but once I start moving I don't even notice it. 

 

The Rough Out is gorgeous and a nice change from the smooth leathers that I have all the rest of my experience with.

 

Out of the box they're not as comfortable as my leather soled Semi Dresses but that has a lot to do with my very flat feet and sizing these to be worn with thin socks. Initial break in will be a little brutal but I can already feel my feet settling on the arch support and into the heel. Once the ankle forms a bit there's a very good chance these will far and away become my favorite pair of boots. 

 

Couldn't find any flaws in the boots that I find worth complaining about. Some little finish issues here and there but considering I've already trekked these through mud, I'm not at all concerned. One fun detail I spotted was some "liner notes" on the inside of the right boot.

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That's something I'm still looking into and have to make up my mind about. Generally, I just wear the crap out of my boots and then hit them with saddle soap and/or Obenaufs to keep them clean but the rough out may end up requiring some special considerations.

 

 

And speaking of wearing the crap out of, here are my Semi Dresses in Brown Dress which are a few months from a year old. These are cleaned up a bit but they could look a little spiffier with some polish if needed.

 

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That's something I'm still looking into and have to make up my mind about. Generally, I just wear the crap out of my boots and then hit them with saddle soap and/or Obenaufs to keep them clean but the rough out may end up requiring some special considerations.

 

 

And speaking of wearing the crap out of, here are my Semi Dresses in Brown Dress which are a few months from a year old. These are cleaned up a bit but they could look a little spiffier with some polish if needed.

 

 

How did you get so much wear on the SDs in just a year.. They look awesome btw.. I have been wearing my BHs for a little over a year and they are very comfortable, but they don't look like yours.. 

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Curious whether you'll treat the rough out leather with anything? I do treat my boots occasionally and sparingly with Obenauf's HDLP. I wonder if this would work well on the rough out or if it would radically alter its appearance? Perhaps one would have to use a spray on weatherproof solution ... 

When I bought my black roughout SJ's I asked what to do with them and the salesman said to do the same thing you do with anything.  Oil them or LP them.  That's what I have done and it works fine. I've even LP'd the inside of them once.  The LP will flatten out the nap though and it'll stay flat for a long time.  The oil not so much.

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Only use waterproof spray on rough out if you want to keep the appearance/texture.

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When I bought my black roughout SJ's I asked what to do with them and the salesman said to do the same thing you do with anything.  Oil them or LP them.  That's what I have done and it works fine. I've even LP'd the inside of them once.  The LP will flatten out the nap though and it'll stay flat for a long time.  The oil not so much.


I think the LP makes roughout look a little like the waxed flesh. It's not a bad look IMO, but I have to agree that I'll will change the roughout look for ever.

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How did you get so much wear on the SDs in just a year.. They look awesome btw.. I have been wearing my BHs for a little over a year and they are very comfortable, but they don't look like yours.. 

I assume it mostly it comes from my heavy wear during my job as a newspaper photographer. Lots of varied environments plus lots of crouching and kneeling where the ball of my foot stays planted and puts more flex and wear on the uppers.

 

Try not to wear the Semi Dresses too much on assignment because leather soles aren't the best for a lot scenarios but even still, I'm putting them through more than just if I was just casually wearing them around town.

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Got my CXLs back from the cobbler's so, pic as promised:) time to wear the absolute hell out of them. he added a front half sole, vibram something or other.

 

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@onimpulse these might be the best looking pair of whites i've seen. WELL DONE SIR. BRAVO.

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I've been slowly reading through this thread and I'm gonna order my first pair of white's from bakers soon. I need some sizing advice for a pair of semi-dress boots. I wear the following sizes in other shoes:

 

Allen Edmonds 65 last - 8E

Redwings Iron Rangers - 8D

Bean boots - 7

Sperry's - 8.5D

 

I emailed bakers yesterday too but I've been reading about them recommending sizes that are too big so I figured I better ask in here too. thanks in advance.

 

P.S. Also I will be getting a chromexcel leather

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@niktak11 Just one data point, but I wear the same size in the SD and the Iron Rangers, 9D.

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I've been slowly reading through this thread and I'm gonna order my first pair of white's from bakers soon. I need some sizing advice for a pair of semi-dress boots. I wear the following sizes in other shoes:

 

Allen Edmonds 65 last - 8E

Redwings Iron Rangers - 8D

Bean boots - 7

Sperry's - 8.5D

 

I emailed bakers yesterday too but I've been reading about them recommending sizes that are too big so I figured I better ask in here too. thanks in advance.

 

P.S. Also I will be getting a chromexcel leather

 

 

i wear an 11.5D in Red Wing Beckmans and Moc Toe 6 inchers and the 11.5D White's is the best fitting boot i've owned.

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@niktak11 Just one data point, but I wear the same size in the SD and the Iron Rangers, 9D.

 

 

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i wear an 11.5D in Red Wing Beckmans and Moc Toe 6 inchers and the 11.5D White's is the best fitting boot i've owned.

Thanks for the help. It sounds like I'd probably be fine with ordering the same size as my iron rangers; however, I discovered that Baker's is only an hour away from where I live so I'll probably try to make it out there and get fitted in person. 

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Thanks for the help. It sounds like I'd probably be fine with ordering the same size as my iron rangers; however, I discovered that Baker's is only an hour away from where I live so I'll probably try to make it out there and get fitted in person. 

I wish I lived an hour away from Baker's...getting fit in person is always the best route...Call and make sure Kyle will be there when you go...he is on vacation at moment, I believe.
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I think the LP makes roughout look a little like the waxed flesh. It's not a bad look IMO, but I have to agree that I'll will change the roughout look for ever.

 

It also depends on how much conditioner is applied.  I've used Effax Lederbalsam (avocado oil & beeswax, so very similar to LP) on a few pairs of RO shoes, and the key to maintaining the nap is using as little as necessary to condition the leather.  I also scrub it on with an old toothbrush, rather than using a cloth, and that helps to maintain the nap.  I've used the same product, in greater quantities on some waxed flesh Vibergs, and it takes a lot longer for the nap to return.

 

Here's a pic of some RO Viberg Oxfords shortly after being conditioned.  The nap fully returned a few weeks afterward and with some brushing.

 

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