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post #946 of 5101
been wondering can they do close trim on soles with vibram 700?
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Thanks very much!
You are welcome!


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been wondering can they do close trim on soles with vibram 700?
Yes, they can.
post #948 of 5101

If I get rained on in these boots wearing raw denim, will they stain?

post #949 of 5101
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You are welcome!
Yes, they can.
do you have pics of this setup in your inventory? Just wondering how it would look with such a thick sole.
post #950 of 5101
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If I get rained on in these boots wearing raw denim, will they stain?

post #951 of 5101
Thread Starter 
So I finally get my Natural Chromexcel Bounty Hunters tomorrow via UPS.
Little excited to see how they turned out.

I ordered a Cuban heel, normal height, Vibram 269 sole, cream leather liner, antique hardware, celastic toe, with close trim.

I will post up some pictures when I get the time.

Still not sure if I should initially treat them, or let them age naturally.
I really dont want to darken the natural chromexcel too much.

Thinking of just letting them age. See how it works out.
post #952 of 5101

dont treat the natty CXL right away or it will darken considerably.  It darkens naturally over time, but unless you want to speed that process up, keep the treatments away.  

post #953 of 5101
Definitely need pics Whacky.
post #954 of 5101
Thread Starter 
Getting some pics together for the forums here.

However, Initial impressions of my Natural Chromexcel Bounty Hunters:

- Compared to my single leather sole, brown Semi-Dress, these boots are noticeable heavier.

- Equally as well made as any custom White's Boots you can own.

- I do not really notice too much a difference in comfort between my Semi Dress with the block heel that is lowered 1/4, compared to the full size cuban heel. Both are/were incredibly comfortable out of the box.

- The Natural Chromexcel leather is rich, oily, and smells wonderful. I will not be treating this leather. At least not initially. It has too much natural depth, and I am excited to see what natural patina it develops. It appears very solid, yet supple. However, I did have my boots lined with a cream leather liner for fear the chromexcel would stretch, etc.

- The height difference between the Bounty Hunter and the Semi Dress is noticeable during everyday wear. My particular Semi Dress with the single leather sole feel more like a casual boot and the Bounty Hunters with the Vibram 269 obviously feel more like a working boot.

I really enjoy the casual style of my SD boots, but wanted to try something different
.
I realize I have only had the boots for one day, but I almost wish I would have just custom made another pair of Semi Dress boots. Not entirely sure I needed the added height, and tighter laces, added weight.

Plus, I had them made with the Vibram 269 sole as a compromise to get a full rubber sole, but without the bulk of the other Vibram offerings.
I had a lot of debate about the sole considering I already own a single sole pair of Semi Dress, of which I enjoy the casual look/feel.
We'll see how I end up liking the 269 sole in the long run.

So, summarizing the initial impressions:
Pros: Beautiful leather. Uncompromising craftsmanship, intimately comfortable out of the box, flawless fit.
Cons: Heavier, bigger, taller than the SD. Less casual appearance and overall feel.
TBD: Leather sole vs Vibram 269, chromexcel leather stretch, fit, and patina over time.


I promise to get some pictures up as soon as I can.
post #955 of 5101

pics asap!  I agree about the weight.  I have 8" bounty hunters and they are boat anchors.  However, once you get them on, its not noticeable.  The natty CXL darkens nicely over time.  My natty cxl shoes are almost brown at this point.  

post #956 of 5101
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My new White's SD are in from Baker's. Went with the "classic brown" leather this time around, with tapered heel, and 1/4" lowered heel. Couldn't be happier with them. According to Baker's, the "classic brown" leather is dry-tanned and will take a polish nicely and patina with age similar to the dress brown. It will develop a crackly finish and patina fairly quickly.
Here's the full config:
Last Standard, Sole Leather, Size - Length 11, Hardware All Antique Eyes, Edge Natural, Upper (Shaft) Leather Classic Brown, Midsole Single, Pull Loops No Thanks, Leather Liner Tan, Sole Trim Close Trim, Toe Vamp Leather Classic Brown, Size - Width D (medium), Toe Cap No Thanks, Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe, Heel Base Standard
Here are a couple shots (click for high-res). I tried to color correct these as best I could, but in real life they are more of a deep brown and less saturated in color:




Quoting again because these may be the finest looking White's I've ever seen. Perfect details, sir.
post #957 of 5101

These are a really good example of the black cxl. Anyone have a good image of the black dress for comparison?


post #958 of 5101

Would love to see pics of these, and if possible pics of the SDs alongside the new Bounty Hunters.  Your experience confirms my sense that even though there may be only an inch difference in height between 6" BH and 5" SDs, that the BH seems a much bigger boot...

 

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Originally Posted by Whacky View Post

Getting some pics together for the forums here.
However, Initial impressions of my Natural Chromexcel Bounty Hunters:
- Compared to my single leather sole, brown Semi-Dress, these boots are noticeable heavier.
- Equally as well made as any custom White's Boots you can own.
- I do not really notice too much a difference in comfort between my Semi Dress with the block heel that is lowered 1/4, compared to the full size cuban heel. Both are/were incredibly comfortable out of the box.
- The Natural Chromexcel leather is rich, oily, and smells wonderful. I will not be treating this leather. At least not initially. It has too much natural depth, and I am excited to see what natural patina it develops. It appears very solid, yet supple. However, I did have my boots lined with a cream leather liner for fear the chromexcel would stretch, etc.
- The height difference between the Bounty Hunter and the Semi Dress is noticeable during everyday wear. My particular Semi Dress with the single leather sole feel more like a casual boot and the Bounty Hunters with the Vibram 269 obviously feel more like a working boot.
I really enjoy the casual style of my SD boots, but wanted to try something different
.
I realize I have only had the boots for one day, but I almost wish I would have just custom made another pair of Semi Dress boots. Not entirely sure I needed the added height, and tighter laces, added weight.
Plus, I had them made with the Vibram 269 sole as a compromise to get a full rubber sole, but without the bulk of the other Vibram offerings.
I had a lot of debate about the sole considering I already own a single sole pair of Semi Dress, of which I enjoy the casual look/feel.
We'll see how I end up liking the 269 sole in the long run.
So, summarizing the initial impressions:
Pros: Beautiful leather. Uncompromising craftsmanship, intimately comfortable out of the box, flawless fit.
Cons: Heavier, bigger, taller than the SD. Less casual appearance and overall feel.
TBD: Leather sole vs Vibram 269, chromexcel leather stretch, fit, and patina over time.
I promise to get some pictures up as soon as I can.
post #959 of 5101

Yes, these are very cool.  If the original poster is still checking here, it'd be nice to see updated pics after some wear on these...?

 

Also, is that heel just 1/4" lower?  It seems even more low, which I really like.

 

 

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Quoting again because these may be the finest looking White's I've ever seen. Perfect details, sir.
post #960 of 5101
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Originally Posted by brokeassp View Post


do you have pics of this setup in your inventory? Just wondering how it would look with such a thick sole.

 

Of course I have. Vibram 700 is actually not thick.

 

Vibram 700 + Close Trim:

 

 

700

 

 

700

 

 

700

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