Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Whacky, Jan 15, 2011.
Are you now obsessed with White's boots instead of GMO cotton?
(I ask with some trepidation...)
You misunderstand me sir, I’m obsessed with quality.
6" cap toe no celastic BHs in british tan sound f^cking sick! Been debating cap toes sans the celastic for a long minute now (check back in this thread and you'll see). Get em and let me know your thoughts
Haha, not so fast my friend. British tan- 98.9% sure
British Tan is really nice. One of my favorites. You'll love it. Some people have problems with water spotting, but I think a good initial coating with Obenauf's LP would solve the problem, even though it might darken the leather some. Slightly darker looks good to me also.
Aaronjared, go with the non celastic, just put an order in for non celastic caps and if the leather is a thick enough one the toe will look great! Nice profile.
Are your current boots CXL? The leather on them looks great worn in, v nice!
That's a really good point (and one i never even considered) on choosing the right leather if you're going to go with a soft toe. Would probably think twice about anything that requires a boot lining, because it'd be thinner stuff
You should find quite a bit on the celastic toe - it comes up from time to time. I personally dont like the look without it - iy looks like the front has collapsed, and after all the boot is meant to be sturdy and protect feet - but thats just a personal opinion....
I don't really get the fascination with a soft toe. Feel the same way about viberg service boots with a soft toe. Messes with the aesthetic.
I'd say it all depends on the last.
Nothing in my mind looks better than a pair of soft toe engineer boots like MF Road Champs or my wesco MP toes; same thing for some WWII boondockers. I have had hesitation with doing it on Whites SDs because I don't think the toe profile is low or pointy enough. Anything with a slightly "bump toe" needs celastic imo.
The service boot is worse it is kind of pointy just like most of the lasts on carmina.
Here are a couple of pictures from the Katahdin boot thread here on Styleforum showing some boots where the toe had been pushed down and partially collapsed with only finger pressure to obtain a lower profile. I like this look better than a completely soft toe. I'm not sure exactly what is used in the toe of the Katahdin boots -- celastic? They are pretty good boots but certainly not the quality of the White's. I'm only showing them here for the partially collapsed toes with caps. I'm pretty sure this can be done with the single celastic toe White's too. The White's boots that have single layer soft toes are just too soft for my taste. I haven't seen a pair with toe caps and no celastic. That might work with a stiffer leather that tends to hold its shape.
Great info Okal! That is exactly the type of thing I was looking for! Thank you so much.
Is the British Tan a thick or thinner leather? If it's on the thinner side then I'll probably go with the celastic toe. I also have a pair of well worn Indy Boots which I'm about to send to get resoled, and I don't need a second pair of low profile boots in a similar vein of dressiness. I'm shooting for some hybrid combination of a pair of incredibly uncomfortable but beautiful boots, the Red Wing GT's and IR's (both of which I've sold due to the fact that I'm pretty sure they gave me the start of some plantar fasciitis; it's beyond comprehension that they haven't redesigned the fit of these boots to give fewer people problems).
To answer another question, my work boots are just described as "Brown". I ordered from the White's catalog and it was one of 4 options: black, brown, red dog, and distressed. It does look like brown CXL though, but the leather is quite thick and also unlined. It is an incredibly durable leather and highly stain resistant. They got lightly sprayed with some hydraulic fluid from a backhoe and the next day the spots were gone. I'm not a laborer though. I work in the railroad industry doing inspections and spend a lot of time walking the tracks, so the soft toe works for me.
For the Vintage boot the Brown is CXL, it's 3-5oz according to White's. Good leather...
The White's Classic Work Boots come in black, brown, Red Dog and distressed OIL TANNED LEATHER and in black and brown CHROME EXCEL LEATHER. Check this link: http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=30674 . It sounds like what you got, Aaron, is the brown oil tanned leather, which is the toughest leather White's uses, and the high oil content in that leather is probably why the hydraulic fluid spots disappeared quickly. The standard oil tanned leathers are thicker and much more durable than the CXL, which is also a nice leather for less rigorous conditions.
oil-tanned it super thick 7-8oz, but his boots are the vintage boot, not the classic.
it's CXL: http://www.bakershoe.com/display-product.cfm/product/vintage-packer-by-whites-boots
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