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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. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Well-Known Member

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    Really depends, but if it feels tight at first fit, don't hope for much. A 1/8 of an inch I`d say, which can't be enough to get rid of the tight feel...how many of us have tried and hoped, but alas it never works out that way...
     
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    don't know how tight they are on you, but if you don't have issues on the length & you're able to put them on w/ thin or w/o socks, then it's doable.

    i've stretched quite a few pairs just cuz my feet are on the wide-side. however, yours seemed to look like the White's full grain leather, so it's going to be a bit tougher ... but, as i mentioned, doable.

    my William Lennon T.O.W. in reversed kip butt leather [thicker & more dense than SJ rough-outs, actually] were feverishly tight & tough when i got them. now, they're considerably more comfortable, tho' they need to soften up quite a bit more.

    either, acquire a shoe [vamp] stretcher w/c you can find @most shoe repair shops or you can use shoe trees [if you already got those]. i use mink oil [Red Wing], specially formulated for hard boot leather.

    1] apply mink oil on the vamp, let settle for a few hours

    2] insert stretcher & tighten w/o forcing__ if using shoe tree, insert wedge material [ie, shoe horn, cardboard, etc.] to tighten

    3] re-apply mink oil & set aside for a day or 2__ also, you can blow dry slightly to distribute oil evenly

    4] re-adjust stretcher to tighten & set aside for another couple of days__ if using shoe tree, add inserts

    once you got them stretched out, you need to wear them constantly, otherwise leather will snap back to original state. if still too tight, repeat steps 1-4

    good luck!!!
     
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  3. brokeassp

    brokeassp Well-Known Member

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    After having gone through several pairs, if it doesn't fit out the box- chances are it is the wrong size.
     
  4. mojahanafiah

    mojahanafiah Active Member

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    Thanks for all feedbacks guys..please refer pictures for fit pics

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    This is a normal brown leather, not cxl..stretcher and mink oil method look promising though..
     
  5. frankman

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    Ken,

    Yep. I was surprised with the hole in the sole and I loved the leather sole. When I first bought my semi-dress I used to reguarly knock on the sole with my knuckes to show my friends that boots were awesome quality. I'll be getting them back with the full mini vibram sole which I don't mind b/c winter's coming.

    Frankman
     
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  7. Brian Itzaina

    Brian Itzaina Well-Known Member

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    12" Custom Smokejumpers
    (Break in tip - oil the tonged - Thanks Kyle)


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    daizawaguy Well-Known Member

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    Good luck - but it does seem at the top you need that to come together quite a lot...how does your big toe feel? Does it sit natural, or compensating for the narrow width?
     
  9. EastWestApparel

    EastWestApparel Well-Known Member

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    Cool pics and boots to match daizawaguy, very nice.
     
  10. tigerpac

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    Can always take the boots to a cobbler to stretch them as well.

    I found the bounty hunters to run a little narrow so I went with an E width and they've been great. As long as they're only one size too narrow, try and work with em, if they are way too narrow, abandon ship!
     
  11. b-ewing

    b-ewing Well-Known Member

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    Duuuuuuuuude
     
  12. linafelt

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    I know this has come up before, but can anyone tell me the height of a Whites block heel, lowered by 1/4 inch, whole heel measured at the back? Also, would different soles affect heel height?
     
  13. brokeassp

    brokeassp Well-Known Member

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    yes absolutely. do a search for height in this thread for comparo pics
     
  14. EastWestApparel

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    Hi Tod, the heel height varies a few mm here and there depending on sole choice but also as I've found on stock boots, who in the worshop is doing soles and heels that day/ week. I'll post some comparison measurements this eve.
     
  15. mojahanafiah

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    I manage to fit in with thin sock..my toes are fine, only the narrow width make it a lil bit weird to tie the laces..probably to to stretch them first using shoe tree and mink oil..
     
  16. linafelt

    linafelt Well-Known Member

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    Cheers, any pics would be much appreciated!
     
  17. mothball

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    My first pair of White's:

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    Black Roughout/Black Dress. Vib 430, close trim, no celastic toe. The Arch-Ease is going to take some getting used to, but I'm really happy with these.
     
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  18. b-ewing

    b-ewing Well-Known Member

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    ^^ very nice! Standard hight block heel? It's a little hard to tell
     
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  19. the shivman

    the shivman Well-Known Member

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    Naw, that's definitely cuban.
     
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  20. mothball

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    Ah, sorry, man. Standard height Cuban heel. Thanks!
     

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