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post #1 of 71
Thread Starter 
Thread dedicated exclusively to the iconic bootmakers of the Pacific Northwest.

In alphabetic order: Danner, Dayton, Drew's, Nick's, Viberg, WESCO, and of course White's. (Am I missing any??)

What are your favorite of the lot, and why? Who makes the better boot? Best overall value? Construction differences. Etc. Etc.

Let the games begin icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif (or maybe two posts deep this b*tch will die- haha!)
post #2 of 71

White’s:

 

Wesco:



Viberg:


Dayton:

Edited by 4characters - 7/19/14 at 9:03pm
post #3 of 71

Really looking forward to this thread taking shape, and thanks for starting it b-ewing.

 

As of now I only have White's and Nick's out of the bunch, and have only had my Nick's for a couple weeks, and given it's July...they haven't gotten as much wear.  The major difference that I noticed right out of the box was that the arch isn't quite as high on the Nick's, which isn't really a problem, but I do love the idea of the arch collapsing to fit my individual feet (as the White's do).

 

I'm not a fan of Viberg's slimmer lasts for my style, and I really like the Arch-Ease system of White's, so I have yet to pull the trigger on Vibergs, but if the right pair came along I'd love to see their supposed superior finishing.

 

I'm utterly ignorant to both Drew's and Wesco, but hopefully this thread will change that.

post #4 of 71

A pic of my favorites...Whites Semi dress in water buffalo

post #5 of 71

gosh b could you post a pic of your 6 pairs of boots oh please......

 

 

white SmoKe Jumper Bullhide double Leather sole double blocked heel $230.00 delivered.

Yea I  know, paid too much.......................My other 3 pair were cheaper to make up though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 71
Thread Starter 
smile.gif Louie, I only have four pair from this esteemed group: two whites and two wesco. Viberg is just too damn expensive for my taste, but that's the only thing stopping me. My next mto lace ups are gonna be some nicks. Kyle at bakers has been teasing me about some whiskey shell makeups.

I'll post up what I have here in a few.
post #7 of 71
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smile.gif Louie, I only have four pair from this esteemed group: two whites and two wesco. Viberg is just too damn expensive for my taste, but that's the only thing stopping me. My next mto lace ups are gonna be some nicks. Kyle at bakers has been teasing me about some whiskey shell makeups.

I'll post up what I have here in a few.

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keep them looking pretty.

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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

smile.gif Louie, I only have four pair from this esteemed group: two whites and two wesco. Viberg is just too damn expensive for my taste, but that's the only thing stopping me. My next mto lace ups are gonna be some nicks. Kyle at bakers has been teasing me about some whiskey shell makeups.

I'll post up what I have here in a few.

Wait...Nick's will do a pair in Whiskey shell?  Holy f.

 

Happen to have any photos?

post #9 of 71
Thread Starter 
Whites SDs, WESCO Packers, Whites lace to toe SJs, WESCO MP Boss engineers







post #10 of 71
Cool thread! I never hear much about Drew's. I hope someone has something from Drew's and can post about them.
post #11 of 71

 

Dayton Parade boots. I got these cheap on eBay. I like them a lot, though they're a tad too large. Also, the leather is not my favorite...kind of hard and dressy, possibly needs a lot more breaking in? Can't say I would recommend Dayton over the other boot makers, considering the current $547 price tag for both the Parade and Service boots, which are the only 2 non-engineer styles they make that aren't 100% fugly. I get the feeling Dayton is a bit scatterbrained these days. I'd be interested if anyone has had any contact with them lately. Still, I am happy with these boots. Maybe someday I'll replace the black lug sole with the Vibram honey variant, or do something with them that isn't so brown.

post #12 of 71

 

 

 

AppleMark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A few of my Whites when new...

post #13 of 71
Excellent thread! Thanks so much for putting it together
post #14 of 71

Thanks b-ewing for getting this thread started.  Here are a handful of pics, which no doubt most of you have scene elsewhere, but they are new to this board.

 

A few comparison pics between Viberg horsehides on the 110 last and White's SDs dress brown.  The SDs were just a try on boot that I had briefly. The Vibergs I absolutely loved and wore for a couple of weeks before reluctantly conceding that they were too big on me, and I ended up selling them. Both are clearly great boots, but the Viberg without doubt is a higher quality of construction, aesthetically at any rate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are just the Vibergs.  I weep when I look at them...

 

 

 

Here are my current (and future) Bounty Hunters, black CXL.  I love 'em.  Foot support is much better than the Vibergs.  I know the CXL will not be as hardwearing as horsehide or an oil tan leather, but I am counting on them lasting several years at least:

 

post #15 of 71

Ahh those are pretty little engineer boots there B. in my riding days we wore: Wesco min 18" fully leather lined double steel toed, with compartments. They were refefred to as sh kickers and did the job.

 


 they had the new vibram soles for traction:

 


 and provided built in storage for your eating utensiles (knife) and hunting implements (gun).   I know very un PC nowdays, but still needed.

 

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