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post #8041 of 8712
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Originally Posted by Kissmyanthia View Post

Yea, looks fine - most important they were comfortable to you....and for $275!

 

What he said.  Relax and enjoy a super cheap price on very nice boots.

post #8042 of 8712
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Originally Posted by mikeman View Post

Hey Guys,

So I got a pair of semi dress from Amazon. Ended up getting them for about $275! Got them today, and out of the box they are pretty damn comfy- once they break in a bit, they'll be even better.

So I get that these a work boots, but the finish seems to a little rough. One of the toes has a slightly darker, almost burnished toe. However, it's not that big of a deal.

The think i'm wondering is the part under the arch suppose to have all this extra leather kind of sticking out? Maybe it won't look as crazy once they break in, but all of the pictures I've seen don't seem to have the extra. See the attached pictures. they don't seem to be trimmed very close.
 

 

I got the same boots off of Amazon.  I found that "shelf" a little unusual, but I like it...makes the boots look a little unique and reflects their heritage.  As you mention, they're work boots, but it's also the case that White's doesn't QC the finer points all that closely.  There were some irregularities with the stitching on mine.  I wish White's paid a little more attention to certain details, but I really love them.  They are so much more solid and significant than so many boots out there, such as Alden Indies, which are excellent boots too, but so different, even though they are supposedly work boots too.

 

Once I bought some Semi-Dresses off of Amazon, I became smitten with all the high-end boots from that region: White's, Nick's, Wesco, and Viberg.  Each maker has its own set of fans, but they all make excellent boots with different pros and cons.  Being the compulsive person that I am, I am trying them all...though my first pair of Wesco's haven't arrived yet.

post #8043 of 8712
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I think the close trim is the difference between 1 and 2 rows of stitching. Like I said, not a huge deal, but doesn't seem noticeable on other pairs.

 

Right, close trim means one row of stitching, which as you note these have.  But as others have said, this "shelf" is part of the White's build.  I thought at first that it was weird and kind of goofy, but after wearing White's for a while I've really come to like it as a distinctive marker of the brand, and as something that makes the boots stand out a bit from all the fashion "work" boots you see.  And my 17 year old daughter just the other day said she thought it looked really cool.  So it has that going for it...

post #8044 of 8712
Any thoughts on whether the c461 last would be ok for a high instep? From the pictures it seems that it's the same as the semi dress last, the difference being the toe box
post #8045 of 8712
Also, what's the difference between the classic work boot and the bounty hunter aside from being made on different lasts?
post #8046 of 8712
Photos of my Nomad: http://imgur.com/a/ruVGf

for sale possibly..
post #8047 of 8712
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Originally Posted by xiaopigu View Post

Any thoughts on whether the c461 last would be ok for a high instep? From the pictures it seems that it's the same as the semi dress last, the difference being the toe box

 

 

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Originally Posted by xiaopigu View Post

Also, what's the difference between the classic work boot and the bounty hunter aside from being made on different lasts?

 

It has less arch support than the SD last, so would not be better for high insteps if you want that support.  Also, when I tried a pair on it felt somewhat tighter than the same size in my BHs.  The classic workboot is, I think, essentially a BH built on the c461 last.  Or perhaps it's more accurate to say that both are modified Farmer-Ranchers, with the BH built on an SD last and the CWB built on the c461 last.

post #8048 of 8712
Thanks guys! I decided to just keep them. Started wearing them, and they're great. A little break-in time and they'll be perfect.

So as everybody states, the laces that come with the boots are awful. I'm looking to get some waxed laces, but was wondering what length do you all use? The stock laces are about 54 inches, but I feel like they could be a bit shorter. I also, want to get an additional longer pair to try and wrap around the shaft of the boot once. Thanks again!
post #8049 of 8712
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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post
 

 

 

 

It has less arch support than the SD last, so would not be better for high insteps if you want that support.  Also, when I tried a pair on it felt somewhat tighter than the same size in my BHs.  The classic workboot is, I think, essentially a BH built on the c461 last.  Or perhaps it's more accurate to say that both are modified Farmer-Ranchers, with the BH built on an SD last and the CWB built on the c461 last.

 

Ahhhh, thanks! And is the Farmer-Rancher a modified Smoke Jumper?

post #8050 of 8712
Yes. A Smokejumper on any other sole than the Vibram #100 is called a Farmer-Rancher.

The White's Smokejumper has the Vibram #100F lug sole, which is fire resistant. The sole is additionally fixed with screws so it won't come off even if the adhesive should fail under extreme heat.

To receive NFPA approval for use in actual wildland firefighting, there's some additional requirements: 8" minimum height, use of specific leather types (black smooth and not much else, I think), no steel toe.

The 100 is an excellent, very long wearing sole with high traction. It is also bulky (which on the other hand contributes to that specific Smokejumper look) and has a tendency to collect mud, dirt and gravel in its lugs. Impressive amounts of mud, dirt and gravel, actually. And it's not really suitable for driving.
post #8051 of 8712
Love to see more broken in used dress whites.
post #8052 of 8712
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Originally Posted by mikeman View Post

Thanks guys! I decided to just keep them. Started wearing them, and they're great. A little break-in time and they'll be perfect.

So as everybody states, the laces that come with the boots are awful. I'm looking to get some waxed laces, but was wondering what length do you all use? The stock laces are about 54 inches, but I feel like they could be a bit shorter. I also, want to get an additional longer pair to try and wrap around the shaft of the boot once. Thanks again!



I really like the genuine Wolverine 1000 miles laces, which are a bit wider and a bit waxier than the replacement ones found, for example, at Therightlace.  I have both 45 and 54 inch versions, and I use the 45s on my 6" BHs, with the last two eyelets not laced.  But my eyelets are close together because it's a really wide boot.  I expect that the 45" ones would be perfect for a 5" SD.  But if you wanted to lace up all the eyelets on a 6" boot you'd need the 54"

 

http://www.wolverine.com/US/en/1000-mile-1-4-inch-flat-shoelaces/22379Z.html

post #8053 of 8712

Any reason why the prices are different on buildaboot.com and bakershoes?

 

Bakershoes

 

 

Build A Boot

As you can see, the specs are exactly the same, but bakers is roughly 70 more dollars.

post #8054 of 8712

Sizing dilemmas be damned!!!

 

All you swing last guys, I'm looking for some sizing help. I have a 10.5F smoke jumper and getting some pinky and #4 toe rub on one foot. I called Kyle and we settled on the swing last. Kyle suggested that I size down one width to a 10.5EE in the swing last. I also called White's, and they suggested getting the exact same 10.5F size. White's didn't seem too sure as they were "estimating" based on a picture of the last. So to the question...can anyone please comment on sizing if you have the SJ or SD last and the Swing last? Did you need to size down one width to get the right fit? Lastly, I am developing a bunion on one foot. Would the swing last help alleviate that pain by not putting much pressure on that big toe joint?

post #8055 of 8712
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Originally Posted by xiaopigu View Post

Any reason why the prices are different on buildaboot.com and bakershoes?

Bakershoes




Build A Boot


As you can see, the specs are exactly the same, but bakers is roughly 70 more dollars.

I have noticed this too. Could you call them and report back to us what they say? Thanks!
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