Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts?

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  1. sleepy94

    sleepy94 Well-Known Member

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    Whites bounty hunters by jgomez541, on Flickr
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    I have worn these going on 3 years working in a steel shop. Chromexcel is plenty tough, not sure why all the hate or misinformation, but they have done a great job of protecting my feet are very comfortable and i have not noticed excessive stretching. My quoddy's in chromexcel i probably should have sized down on but we are talking about two very different shoes with two very different purposes. I have no idea what everyone does for a living on here but if you are doing heavy duty work you should probably buy heavy duty leather. I think for most purposes chromexcel works just fine.
     
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    Thanks for the vote of convedence, I just perchased a pair if vintage line packer boots in brown chromexel.

    it seams that the other standard leather is tougher, but chomexel has a little more of a sheen and still lasts a very long time. buy a pair of white's get a pair of white's..... whites are darn tough boots!


    Nice bounty hunters, by the way, they look great for 3 years in a metal shop!
     
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    Not knocking Chromexel. It's a good leather. But the standard oiled leathers are tougher and more durable. "No brag, just fact," as the old saying goes.

    Nice Bounty Hunters, Sleepy! Your advice on choosing the right materials for the conditions is spot on. I like to see good boots that have lived a working life. They have character!!! Thanks for posting the pictures.

    Allan
     
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    I have a couple questions because I have some chromexels on the way...

    Is Chromexel leather not oil tanned?

    do I still use white's boot oil on them?


    also I think that chromexel is best sheen for the money that white's offers for a dress boot(just my opinion). That being said I would much rather have french calf, shell cordorvan, or waterbuffalo, but they are a little to costly for me at this point in my life...
     
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    for super heavy surface abrasion though get either standard oil tanned or ruff out. scratched chrome may make you cry.[​IMG]
     
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    CXL is a pull-up leather. If you use oil they will darken, particularly natural CXL. If you do use it, do so sparingly. There's not much benefit to saturating them.
     
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    does anyone have any experience with natural chromexcel rough out? it seems like it would hide a lot of the surface scratches.
     
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    thanks
     
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    Does anyone have any pictures of brown Bison, brown oil tan or brown HH with some age on them ? I want to know how dark they get with age. I've found some pictures of them new but nothing worn.
     
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    Thanks! They were the first work boot that i wore that didn't hurt my feet after wearing them all day, I wore danner work books, redwings with the crepe sole, and various shoes with various insoles and none stacked up to the whites. Took a little bit to break in but so worth it. no back problems, no foot problems, no soreness and this is walking on concrete all day. I don't work in the shop as much as i use to and was lucky enough to score some vibergs from the sample sale so hopefully i'll be able to compare once they break in a little more.
     
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    linafelt Senior member

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    Which Vibergs did you get? I'd be interested in hearing how they fit and feel compared with the White's. I have a pair of Viberg 310 last Service Boots, but may end up ordering a pair of White's at some point. Thanks!
     
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    Sleepy,

    I like hearing reviews like yours that reflect the design and build quality of White's boots and the comfort they provide to the owner. There are very few boots I could say were comfortable after a full, active day on my feet, and the ones that were tended to be premium, full-grain leather mountain boots. I wouldn't choose those for daily wear, although some folks do. The White's look good for casual wear or as work boots, which is perfect for me. I know the leathers from having other boots and shoes, and now I'm looking forward to getting my first pair of White's (in horsehide). If they suit me like your Bounty Hunters did you, then the SDs I ordered definitely won't be my last White's boots. I hope mine look as good after three years of hard use as your boots do!

    Allan
     
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    @linafelt
    i picked up the 1950 service captoes on the 2030 last 7.5 UK. my whites are an 8D US. right off the bat the vibergs are much narrower, i can only wear thin socks with them at this point but length wise they are perfect. Not a problem now as it is entering the summer season and i don't need to wear anything thicker. Quality wise they are beautiful, great shape and quality throughout. there are a couple of mistakes i have found but i am guessing that's why they were in the sample sale. a little more comfortable out the box because of the lack of arch ease in the white's (arch ease takes a little getting use to but I really find it to be incredibly supportive and comfortable now). The Vibergs only have a handful of wears on them so time will tell.

    @okal
    Thank you for the compliments. To date they have been the best boot purchase I have made, i have rotated them with other boots but they get the most wear by far. I need to get them rehealed but the soles still seem to be going strong. They have the vibram 705 btw. if they had had the horsehide option when I was ordering that is the one I would have gone with for sure. so beautiful. I am plannning a horsehide purchase at some point in the future but for now I am set workboot wise.
     
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    Thanks. This is my experience too: Vibergs are more like a half size difference (from US) rather than a full size, and somewhat narrow. I am a 9.5E in Viberg, and thinking I will be 10E in White's.

    Vibergs are definitely very expensive (I got mine on a big sale, like you), but the quality really is something else...
     
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    Sleepy,

    My understanding is that the White's horsehide boots are a Baker's exclusive, and they are only available in Semi-Dress boots, not any other models of White's boots. Horsehide is very nice leather, but it is more of a shoe leather and is not as heavy duty as some other leathers like the oiled leathers and the bullhide. For the uses I plan for the horsehide SDs, I think it will be darn near perfect. I really like the shell cordovan too, but at that price I could almost have two pairs of White's boots in the more normal-priced leathers, and that's exactly what I plan to do.

    I sure would like to hear comments from some more folks who have the Packers (especially the Original Packers) about what they think of their boots. I would like to get a pair for western wear and riding when I want more support than pull-on cowboy boots. Any thoughts and tips about sizing, fit, comfort, soles, etc., would be greatly appreciated. Andy B. gave some great advice earlier in this thread, but surely he is not the only guy out there wearing the White's Packers, is he?

    Allan
     
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