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chicagoan2016

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Perhaps. I just was trying to get them to fit more like my Lofgrens which are snug but fit glove like. Also, you never know till you try. I think they will break in alright but going forward, I'll probably stick with 11.5. I do have stretchers if needed but I don't think that will be necessary.

The celastic cup also bothered my big toe in my 11.5 but that broke in just fine now.
Newbie question, do you think BHs with "dressy" leather and "dressy" soles (269 etc.) need 100 hours of break-in time ( I have read about the 100 hours somewhere: ))?
 

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Newbie question, do you think BHs with "dressy" leather and "dressy" soles (269 etc.) need 100 hours of break-in time ( I have read about the 100 hours somewhere: ))?
I think it's tough to put a figure on break-in time like that, so treat it as a ballpark figure at best.

Lighter leather and soles will obviously reduce break-in time a bit, but it also depends on how hard you wear them, and how well they fit initially.
 

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Newbie question, do you think BHs with "dressy" leather and "dressy" soles (269 etc.) need 100 hours of break-in time ( I have read about the 100 hours somewhere: ))?
Probably. The type of leather might make a difference in terms of break-in over the top of your foot (though that's never been much of a problem for me), but my experience is that true break-in requires the sole and arch leather to soften up and get more flexible, and that takes more time regardless of the leather. Maybe a thinner outsole will make a difference. The 100 hours is probably a guestimate, subject to the usual "YMMV" caveats.

In my experience it's been very obvious what needs to happen with the footbed -- when I put on a newish pair of SDs or BHs I can feel that the arch hump is preventing my heel from properly seating in the heel cup. It almost feels like my heel is hovering slightly above the footbed even though my instep and ball/toes are snug. Locking down my foot well when I lace them up, and then walking a lot gradually makes a difference as the hump start to give a bit and as the sole gets more flexible and starts bending where my foot naturally bends.
 
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These are beastly and look so tough. Gorgeous leather, Whites knocked it out of the park with these. One of my favorite builds I've seen in this thread, can't wait to get my pairs hopefully next month.
I second your thoughts, my inexperienced eyes don't see a single flaw in these boots.
 

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Here is a crazy idea, what if White's starts offering Elk tan in tan color? 😁
Good luck trying to get White's to stock a true tan dress leather... I have tried for years... @discomute recently joined the crusade as well, but alas, to no avail...

Maybe Baker's could make it happen, but I fear a tan dress leather is not in the cards from White's.

It can be done, just not for me I guess... I am a simple man, with simple tastes... so I ask you... is something basic like this too much to ask? I think not...

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I agree... Brown Dress is an amazing leather, and Brown Elk Tan - being Brown Dress' big brother if you will - is even... dare I say it... better!
Somehow, I the thought went through my mind when I was ordering these, the you would be partial to them. Maybe I'll have to think of these as my @Legal Eagles boots.
 

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@Legal Eagles At some point, wouldn't it be worth just sourcing the leather and having a build done? Obviously theres the added cost associated, but it might get you what you want. I've been contemplating doing that in the future at some point but for now I have my boot purchases planned out for the year already. Theres certain leathers I would think a pair of Whites would look great in, but the likelihood of them ever stocking outside their current catalog probably won't happen.
 

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@Legal Eagles At some point, wouldn't it be worth just sourcing the leather and having a build done? Obviously theres the added cost associated, but it might get you what you want. I've been contemplating doing that in the future at some point but for now I have my boot purchases planned out for the year already. Theres certain leathers I would think a pair of Whites would look great in, but the likelihood of them ever stocking outside their current catalog probably won't happen.
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