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Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Whacky, Jan 15, 2011.

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  1. Exdeath

    Exdeath Well-Known Member

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    The exterior D-shaped piece of leather that wraps around the heel of the boot. It's present on the Bounty Hunter/SJ but not on the Semi-Dress.
     
  2. gfloridafan93

    gfloridafan93 Well-Known Member

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    Okay thank you I never noticed that. Thanks
     
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    I`m going to pull the trigger soon on a Cougar/North West last...could someone confirm I should go a half size up? I prefer the non lace-to-toe. Many thanks
     
  4. gfloridafan93

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    What's your guys' opinions on a 1/4" lowered Cuban style heel in both terms of looks and comfort? The reason being I am only 5'7" and I don't think I would like the standard heel size. So, I am about 90% sure I'm going with the lowered heel. Also, with the lowered heel, is the only option a leather sole? Because the other soles would be too think for a lowered heel. Is that correct?
     
  5. b-ewing

    b-ewing Well-Known Member

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    IMO the lowered heel can look really really goofy if you're not careful. Ever seen a pair, lowered heel on a single leather sole? Looks jacked up!

    To do it right, I think you gotta choose a thicker sole like a 700 or mini Vib. Go standard heel, browski!! Or aren't ya man enough for some "man heels"? :D ;)
     
  6. daizawaguy

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    Agreed, I`ve thought about this a lot, but the lowered heel destroys that classic look....and I`m not sure of the balance - the classic balance in the walk is just spot on.
     
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    gfloridafan93 Well-Known Member

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    Haha yeah I'm man enough, I just don't know if I like the appearance of it. The standard height heel just looks so huge though. Or is it just me that thinks that?
     
  8. b-ewing

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    It's definitely all about what you want, not what others want you to have.

    I obsessively poured over hundreds of photos, read countless posts, and totally drove my wife bonkers; then I concluded that I like the standard height and shape heel the best. I own two pair of Whites with them. And was planning on a third, but opted for another pair of Wescos for my latest (and last for a while) order, which incidentally will have a standard heel too :)
     
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  9. andy b.

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    The standard heel on the Bounty Hunters is only a 1" heel. It looks tall compared to dress boots, but it is short compared to something like a standard logger heel. Part of it is that the rest of the sole with even a normal Vibram sole, not the thick 700 lug sole, is 1/2" thick, so it looks like the heel is taller due to the height of just the leather and Vibram sole stack. The heel on RedWing Iron Rangers is 5/8", and they almost look like flats.
     
  10. gfloridafan93

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    You're right because I will be the one wearing them lol. I have gone through this pictures a lot, and I do keep changing my mind. Do the sole options affect the heel height? It seems some heels are a lot taller than others?
     
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    Does anyone know if I should size up 1/2 from SD to Cougar? Thanks
     
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    Has anyone got any guidance about the celastic toe?

    I'm thinking of ordering a SD with black horsehide and a captoe, lined, but was wondering wether it will be too soft without the celastic toe?

    The toe box always looks so much better on Whites when they don't have a celastic toe too...

    And advice on what the most hard wearing leather is? I've loved what I've seen of horsehide so far
     
  13. linafelt

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    I totally agree that the higher heel looks a little weird. It's always been the main drawback to Whites boots for me. The lower heel looks great, as many pics will show. I mean, if you are actually a logger then go with a higher appeal, but how many of us here are actually loggers?
     
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    The stock White's semi-dress heel is 1.5" - about 1/2" taller than Viberg's usual.
    It's mainly an aesthetic call. I'm 6'2+ so a large heel looks proportional.
    Personally I think the dropped heel takes away from the look of White's, which are meant to be workboots.
    But I can understand the fascination with Viberg - they're playing their cards right.
     
  15. ojaw

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    I'm hoping that the higher heel of the White's boot along with the arch design will help alleviate some of my heel issues. I've recently read (onlineknowledgeyeah) that having a heel at around that height can mitigate the pain of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
    This is part of the reason I'm trying out a standard heel on my SDs.
     
  16. aaronjared

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    Ojaw, I switched to wearing White's exclusively after my Red Wings GT's gave me plantar fasciitis, and within a month it was gone. The Arch-ease system is incredible all of my needs, since it also mitigates the pain and stress of my scoliosis. You see, I have one leg 1/4" shorter than the other so typically lift up the inner sole lining and install a sturdy insert beneath it (not that Dr. Scholl's crap), and I can stand all day in my White's where I would normally I have to take a load off after an hour or two in all my other similarly modified shoes. The arch support provided by White's is a wonderful thing.

    Also to those who wonder about the lowered heels, I'm not a fan of making changes to something White's spent decades perfecting. The lift is standard across all the sole combinations, 1.5" above the ball of the foot. But anything added to the sole is also added to the heel to maintain that ratio. One of the reasons so many people love the half soles and double leather is that there is no thick chunk of rubber to break up the continuous heel. Right now I think the commando mini lug half sole is the best looking that White's creates because you get the added traction of the lug without needing the sometimes very thick piece of rubber, but it comes standard with a double leather sole.
     
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    That is what I want to hear, thanks aj.
    Here's hoping, they're still a few weeks away, as is spring around here apparently.
     
  18. McQueen76

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    I just got a pair of White's Boots, and the right boot is off center at the heel. I only noticed it after experiencing an unusual heel strike with the right boot. My actual heel hangs about 1/4" over the heel stack on the inside. This isn't normal, and is something I should be worried about, right?

    Edit: Doodles to better show what I'm talking about.
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  19. andy b.

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    I admit it, I'm a White's fanboy, so I tend to let a lot of cosmetic issues slide. This one I would probably contact White's (or Baker's, depending on who you ordered from) about. The good thing is, I would say just putting a new heel stack on and grinding it to the correct profile would fix the problem. It isn't like they would need to pull the upper apart.
     
  20. chiliinabowl

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    Several pages back I described a fitting issue I had. I am submitting this update to report that I had the issue resolved (remade by White's) and they now fit perfect. Andrew at Baker's did a great job of helping me out. I went ahead and had White's change the lowers to brown CXL.

    Now for my next pair! My work environment is casual (jeans) and I purchased the BHs with that in mind. As luck would have it I have just accepted a position in a business casual (khakis/chinos). I have seen some post where some assert that SFs do not make suitable dress boots. I don't know if you really need "dress boots" for khakis, but would not some configurations qualify as "dress boots"? What makes a dress boot? I was thinking if configured appropriately it would definitely work with khakis, if not even slacks and a sport jacket. Does anyone have any experience trying to wear SFs in that sort of situation?
     

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