- Feb 27, 2020
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As far as Spokane based brands, there's White's, Nick's, Frank's and JK. They're all based on the same basic formula, so it's really just what works for you. If you're priority is keeping money in the US, it's worth remembering that Nick's, Frank's and JK are still independently owned US companies, whereas White's is owned by a Japanese conglomerate.White's and Baker's hire Americans so I am going to stick around : ) (nothing against any other country, I just prioritize my country, I am sure folks from other countries do the same).
@Rymanocerous and @Jimk4003 have confirmed that I am not wrong in assuming that arch support is helping my back (not to mention all muscles in my legs). Other than White's we have Nick's and Wesco. I know Nick's arch support is similar to White's
Not sure about Wesco??
I might order Nick's Urban Loggers in the future.
Wesco always seems to be more distinct relative to the Spokane brands. From a distance, I could probably mix up a pair of White's Smokejumpers and a pair of Nick's Hotshots, but a Wesco Firestormer looks distinctively 'Wesco'.
With regards to arch support, all the Spokane brands are based off the same basic template, so they'll all be pretty similar. I think I mentioned something about Wesco arch support before, but in short it's probably slightly less dramatic out of the box, but being built around a triple-ribbed curved steel shank, it'll keep its shape over time, and feels really solid. Wesco will also add an 'insole wrap' for $60, which is basically an additional arch piece similar to what White's and Nick's use. I've never tried it myself, but given Wesco arch support is already more pronounced that what you'd get in an off-the-shelf boot, I'd imagine by the time you added the insole wrap, the arch support would be significant.