That heel though: vibram 100 + double mid + half slip add up to a pretty enormous height;-)
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Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts? - Page 541post #8101 of 85263/1/16 at 2:35ampost #8102 of 85263/1/16 at 5:28ampost #8103 of 85263/4/16 at 6:20amI love my newish pair of White's semi-dress boots. But what's up with the laces? They are thin nylon (?) and easily get snagged in the speed hooks. Yesterday when I was taking my boots off I found one of the laces was snagged badly and probably needs to be replaced now.
Do you guys stick with the nylon laces that the boots come with, or switch to something else?post #8104 of 85263/4/16 at 10:17am
^+1: The standard laces that come with the SD are ridiculous. Thin, flimsy, hard to tie securely. I switched my british tan SDs to leather laces (same type as in the other White's boots), which give a much better fit. The look is different of course – a bit less dressy, but in my eyes again better than with the original laces.post #8105 of 85263/4/16 at 1:01pmpost #8106 of 85263/4/16 at 1:30pmpost #8107 of 85263/4/16 at 2:17pmpost #8108 of 85263/4/16 at 2:22pmpost #8109 of 85263/4/16 at 2:25pm
They look an awful lot like the waxed laces that Red Wing uses/manufactures. If they are made in USA, then they almost certainly are.
http://www.redwingheritage.com/us/USD/product/accessories/lace-48-brown-flat-waxed-97138#productDetails1post #8110 of 85263/4/16 at 2:26pm
The finest waxed cotton laces I have encountered came with my two pairs of Timberland Eastern Standard Boots. The boots were made by Rancourt & Co in Maine, and I believe I read somewhere that they sourced the laces in the USA.
They are very finely and tightly woven, which gives them a very firm structure that feels a bit like a half cooked linguine. They are relatively thin but very wear resistant – the material doesn't fray like other woven laces.
It is possible that Rancourt uses these on some of their own shoes as well (it's hard to tell from the pictures and my other Rancourts happend to have leather laces), but sadly, I haven't seem them being offered separately. I think they would be great for the Semi-Dress if you prefer thinner laces, and their quality of materials and manufacturing would be much more adequate.post #8111 of 85263/7/16 at 6:52pmWoven laces on my semi-dress boots were about to fray through, so the night before heading to Europe for 10 days I put in some brand-new White's leather laces. They snapped three separate times on my trip! The laces ended up so short on each boot I could only span about 3 eyelets. Finally found a shoe repair joint in Amsterdam that sold waxed 120cm laces (~48") a couple days before I headed back Stateside. Never had this happen before - the leather laces on my work pair generally last 4 months or so. Bad batch?post #8112 of 85263/7/16 at 6:55pmQuote:Originally Posted by broken_oracle
Woven laces on my semi-dress boots were about to fray through, so the night before heading to Europe for 10 days I put in some brand-new White's leather laces. They snapped three separate times on my trip! The laces ended up so short on each boot I could only span about 3 eyelets. Finally found a shoe repair joint in Amsterdam that sold waxed 120cm laces (~48") a couple days before I headed back Stateside. Never had this happen before - the leather laces on my work pair generally last 4 months or so. Bad batch?
Definitely a bad batch. I've traveled all over the world with my White's, and while I keep an extra lace in case of breakage, that's only happened to me once. For it to happen 3 times is just crazy.
As an aside, I recommend obenauf-ing laces. They help to prevent them from drying out, but more importantly, the tackiness provided by the beeswax helps to keep them tied.post #8113 of 85263/7/16 at 11:57pm^^ Three times on the same boot or twice on one side and once on the other? Did you check the eyelets and hooks fir any sharp edges that may have damaged the laces? White's have the best hooks and eyelets of all boots I've seen, but I've seen this happen with other boots and there's no reason it couldn't happen on a pair of White's.
That said, the laces do vary a lot. On my Smokejumpers, one is starting to become noticeably thinner while the other seems to hold up well.post #8114 of 85263/8/16 at 5:59amQuote:Originally Posted by TH3515
^^ Three times on the same boot or twice on one side and once on the other? Did you check the eyelets and hooks fir any sharp edges that may have damaged the laces? White's have the best hooks and eyelets of all boots I've seen, but I've seen this happen with other boots and there's no reason it couldn't happen on a pair of White's.
That said, the laces do vary a lot. On my Smokejumpers, one is starting to become noticeably thinner while the other seems to hold up well.
I agree that their eyelets are good in the sense of smooth and strong, but man they are just too darn small for their leather laces!post #8115 of 85263/8/16 at 10:56am
On the topic of leather laces, I have a few ideas:
- You might have received a bad pair. It's worth contacting them to see it they'd send you a replacement pair.
- In my experience, White's leather laces do vary in thickness. On my boots I can feel a difference at one point where the thickness is very pronounced. So much so that I'm wondering if it would even fit through an eyelet regularly. Honestly, I'm not exaggerating here. Thankfully it's at the end of the lace so I can smash it down when I re-lace my boots after a heavy cleaning. And I have speed hooks.
- I tried some "Cougar" brand leather laces that my local boot store had (the one that measured me for my boots) since they had an all black version, and they were thinner. Since they felt slightly dry I used some Obenaufs oil on them before use. I can't remember how long they lasted, but it was plenty long and I felt I got more than my money's worth. One side finally snapped a few days ago so I went back to the White's leather laces.
- Cougar brand laces are thinner than White's laces, but I felt they were very strong. As I said, they are easier to get through eyelets and speed hooks.
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