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Originally Posted by Neognosis View Post

I completely understand wanting White's boots for their durability and style.

However, if you have to try all different kinds of socks and insoles to make them comfortable, I suggest trying other brands. There must be a durable and ethically made boot that is a better fit as far as comfort goes.

For instance, I simply cannot wear red wings. I've had a few pairs, and sold all of them except one, which I never wear. Same with Chippewah. They simply won't agree with my foot, even though I desperately love their style. Which, actually, is how I came to be a White's fan. 

There must be a durable boot made with a significant padded insole that would be very comfortable and warm, I would think, that also has the appeal of white's, no?

Viberg's work boots are same price as White's. The "nailed construction" boots come with rubber inserts by default and are generally quite roomy at any given width. They have a little less aggressive arches than White's. They are very heavy and solid, which can be a good or bad thing.

You get them direct from Viberg via their second website http://www.workboot.com, but I always order over the phone.

Notes:
1. They do MTO, which has taken about two months when I have done it.
2. Prices are in Canadian dollars. $50 CAD will be added for shipping to USA.
3. The nailed construction boots are very roomy, so consider going down to the next available width. Widths available are AA, B, D, E, EE, and EEEE (pretty sure about the widths).
4. You can specify Vibram 100, 700, or 430 soles.
5. You can have steel toes replaced with standard structures toes.
6. You can get them in black smooth or rough out, mocha, or red dog...all heavy oil tan. You can also get black water buffalo.
7. They won't do customizations to their work boots to make them like their fashion/service boots.
8. As always, you need to figure out sizing and they can help, but I don't think they would necesarily take back custom boots that didn't fit. I take the same size as my White's.
9. Quality is phenomenal.
10. I highly recommend the Viberg Foreman 55 model with the fairly unique nailed construction, which means many, many brass nails are holding everything together (along with glue, as in nearly all boots). Outsoles are Rapid-stitched, glued, and nailed to midsoles.

P.S. I am not trying to hijack the White's thread, but they fit the description of a solid boot made to accommodate inserts. Also, few people are aware of Viberg's work boots or that they are priced competitively with White's, Nick's, and Wesco.
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service boots

 

came in yesterday

 

will post specs if requested

post #8478 of 8716

DAMN those look great! Would like to see more pics!

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thank you, here's some more. 9'' white's classic work boot in black chromexcel leather. 

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I also have a question. how does burgundy french calf and burgundy chromexcel compare? is CXL slightly darker? and do they both have a similar amount of saturation and how much do they contrast?

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Originally Posted by Americanaaa View Post







thank you, here's some more. 9'' white's classic work boot in black chromexcel leather. 
Omg. Really hot looking boots man
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Hey folks. Been a purveyor of this thread for a couple years now, and gleaned a bunch of useful information. My question: I have a pair of SDs with the standard plastic toe box. I love the shoes and have had them for two years, but I have a nagging suspicion that my toes would like just a bit more breathing room, particularly on the instep side. If in a few years I send them off to White's for a rebuild/resuscitation, would they be able to remove the toe box, essentially converting my boots to "soft toe," while keeping all of (or most of) the original materials intact? Thanks in advance. 

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I know that Brian the Bootmaker removes a lot of steel and celastic toe reinforcements as part of his resoles, this includes from White's boots as well as other makers, so I know that what you're asking can be done, and I assume that White's can do it, but I can't say definitively without firsthand experience.

 

Additionally, another thing I know they can do is rebuild on a slightly different sized last than the original build. I forget what the acceptable range is, but lets say it's maybe 1 width and 0.5 length in either direction. So you may have some options with that approach as well, if you wanted to lets say keep the celastic AND gain some room in the toe, just a thought.

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is there a list of every last and upper option available? 

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Originally Posted by Ian Copeland View Post
 

Hey folks. Been a purveyor of this thread for a couple years now, and gleaned a bunch of useful information. My question: I have a pair of SDs with the standard plastic toe box. I love the shoes and have had them for two years, but I have a nagging suspicion that my toes would like just a bit more breathing room, particularly on the instep side. If in a few years I send them off to White's for a rebuild/resuscitation, would they be able to remove the toe box, essentially converting my boots to "soft toe," while keeping all of (or most of) the original materials intact? Thanks in advance. 


I had this done, they have to rebuild the boot - new toe leather and new sole.  All else remains the same, cost about $225.

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Can anyone ID these? I got them a few years back from Little Joe's boots. Don't wear them much, so I'm considering getting rid of them. I like a taller boot something closer to 8"

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I can't but really nice boots smile.gif
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That's a pair of 5'' Semi-Dress Boots, on the standard Semi-Dress or maybe the 461 last, with standard-height curved heel, standard trim (i.e. double row of stitching @ the welt), single midsole, (probably) single celastic toe, antique hardware, Vibram 269 (aka Western) sole. Regarding the leather, it looks like a two-tone combination of two slightly different shades of brown bullhide – chocolate brown quarters, light or medium brown vamp. I love the grain of the vamp leather...

 

 

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Originally Posted by johnwesley View Post

Can anyone ID these? I got them a few years back from Little Joe's boots. Don't wear them much, so I'm considering getting rid of them. I like a taller boot something closer to 8"

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Brown smooth BHs with a little bit of shine.. out in the sun..db8c33b35227cf4f6ed00c2a2ff03d85.jpg
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I thought I'd share. Bought these Bounty Hunters from Baker about the same year this thread came out, about five years ago. I lurked this thread to get some ideas on who, what and where to order. Here's the results five years later. Here are the Specs:

 

Bounty Hunter

British Tan

8 inch

Natural Edge

Single Midsole

Vibram 269

Cubans

Antique Eyes and Hooks

Rolled Top

Unstructured Toe

 

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