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Man, they both look great! That's a lot of boot in that pic.. I agree with you that the heel seems a bit too much as is on the Nick's, but otherwise the proportions are great and construction seems right on. And I like the slightly rounder toe on the Nick's.
A preface; I've been a lurker on SF for quite some time now. Of late most of that time is spent on the boot side of things (read: White's/Nicks/Viberg), but this is the post that drew me out of the shadows so to speak.
Those White's are gorgeous, and exactly what I've been in search of for awhile now. I'd love to get the full details on the make-up. I'm guessing Bounty Hunter on the Semi-dress last, 8 eyelets antique, double-stitched, single midsole, lined, mini vibram outsole, pull tabs, natural edge, 1/4 lowered block heel... I can't quite figure out what the leather is though. It seems too dark to me to be CXL, but too light to be brown dress. I'm thinking it might be the british tan? If it is, I think this is the best example I've seen yet of how the british tan can age Also, are those BHs soft toe or single-celastic? I can't decide, they seem to have some definite structure, but I've always associated single-celastic toes with a more prominent/higher toe box.
Anyway, awesome boots dude. I've seen a ton of different makeups, but there's something about yours that just calls to me. White's work in mysterious ways
@Modern Man Thanks! This is the make-up I gave Kyle:
Model: Bounty Hunter
Toe vamp leather: distressed smooth
Counter leather: distressed smooth
Upper (shaft) leather: distressed smooth
Celastic toe box: single
Heel base: lowered block heel
Last: semi dress (bounty hunter)
Top: cut top
Hardware: all (9) antique eyes
Pull loops: leather pull loops - distressed smooth
Lace design: plain toe
Sole: vibram 430 mini vib
Sole trim: close trim
Leather lining: no thanks
Logo: no thanks
Laces: leather laces
The distressed smooth leather was lighter but it turned that color after some conditioning with Lexol.
Wow, that's distressed smooth? That's a really great color it's taken on, I had thought it didn't age as well as CXL, but that has me reconsidering a bit.
I'm curious to know how you think your Nick's compare to White's in terms of construction and attention to detail?
I spoke to Gary at Nicks about the same questions.
Distressed smooth is the oil tanned leather. Its tougher, usually 7-8oz. CXL is heavily oiled dress leather that scuffs easily usually weighing in at 4-5oz in this grade of boot featuring a leather glove liner.
Hot Shot vs Smoke Jumper. All this information is from Gary and forum combing.
Two rows of mckay lock stitching instead of one and a rolled welt. This has no effect on durability. Its just a cut corner.
8oz heel counter vs 7oz
Thicker vamp stitching (note that it can cause wrinkling)
Thicker leather slip sole
Thicker leather shank
Thicker leather mid sole (you see quite a few double midsoles with Whites being only slightly thicker"
Objectively the heavier leather makes a heavier boot that is tougher to break in. Ive broken in my boots after two weeks. I also weigh 220lbs and work on my feet, but some people take a month or more.
Also, am I to correctly understand that you spoke to Gary at Nick's about distressed leather? The only reason I ask is because I was under the impression (perhaps mistakenly) that the distressed smooth/roughout leathers available to White's were exclusively found in their boots. I had assumed they were a stock leather along the lines of their dress leathers. Is it that Nick's has their own version of the distressed leathers so to speak, or that they get them from a mutual source? Pardon me if you don't have the answers to that particular line of questioning, it's just of some interest to me whether Nick's has access to the distressed leathers. A pair of Nick's with a heavier, tougher natural-ish leather than Natural CXL sounds extremely appealing to me.
Edited by Modern Man - Yesterday at 4:15 pm