First of all, let me say the boots look great.
I'm simply speaking as someone who's potentially a future customer. Please keep that in mind :)
Originally Posted by mr. burns
that midsole and heel look a bit sloppy to be honest. i'd be a bit pissed with that, if those were my boots, after all that wait.
I agree. While I don't own a pair, I admire the product Nick's puts out and have them in my list of potential boot purchases for something dressier, preferably a packer style boot. After such a long wait time, the heel looking that way is disappointing. I understand the midsole, because with use the midsole stack gets messed up pretty quickly. The finish gets destroyed damn near right away if you have to scrub it, in my experience. That's with dress boots and work boots, for me at least
With such a long wait, its the heel stack looking like that that really bothers me as a potential future customer. I like boots with taller heels, so I have to be picky about that specific area.
If they were my boots, and I was pleased with the fit, I wouldn't send them back to fix any of the small things. I'd enjoy them, remembering how much my feet and body had suffered from ill-fitting and unsupportive footwear in the past.
Originally Posted by Whirling
I don't want to sound like a fanboy for Nick's, but minor aesthetic variations, or "sloppiness," are part of the deal. It is also part of the deal with White's, Truman, and Viberg...especially in their more rugged designs.
In exchange for giving up some refinement and attention to visual details, one gets extremely tough boots made custom to your specifications by real people in Norh America, who stand behind the long-lasting quality of their product.
I can admit to being disappointed at times by some haphazard attention to aesthetic QC by these companies. I can also say their is a very real beauty to boots from other sources that demonstrate much more attention to refined appearance. These other boots tend to be less rugged and/or more expensive and/or made overseas and/or rely on more manufacturing automation.
I made the mistake of getting some White's in French Veal Calf. They had some glaring flaws and White's made a rather ineffectual effort to correct them. Ultimately, I decided to keep the boots. Kyle at Baker Shoe stood behind the product he sold 100% and took care of me to my complete satsifaction. Still, I will never buy any more White's in fancy, thinner leathers again because it was Kyle and not White's that made this situation right.
I should say I own many wonderful pair of White's...they, like Nick's, make a solid product too...
Sometimes the stories about White's really surprise me. People here seem to get their boots really fast, but I was measured at a store here in Nebraska in last January or early February and didn't get my boots until the second week of May. The boots were flawless though, I'll give them that. Maybe more attention goes into a custom last boot? But with a fancier leather I'd think your French Veal Calf order would've had better results from them. Weird.