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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. kenucklehead

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    The narrowness will depend on the sizing width (is the photo of a D width or something narrower?). Also, when looking at any angle but straight down, the taller toebox of the SJ may give the illusion of it looking narrower (since it's width relative to the height is less) than when looking at a comparable SD. Looking at my SJ and BH, the toe box width and general contour looks about the same. The SJs are ltt though, which further complicates an objective comparison. The ltt and standard toe are built on the same last though.
     
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    That shot is on the classic boot or c461 last not the SJ last
     
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    SJ
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    SD/#55
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    Classic Work Boot/C461
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    SJ
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    SD/#55
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    Classic Work Boot/C461
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    I'm contemplating either getting a SD in BullHide or HorseHide. This would be my first Custom White Boot. Can someone tell me how these two leathers compare to each other? Would either be considered better than the other?
     
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    Courtesy of the good peeps at Empty Garage JP :)

    I have no experience to date with the C461 last but am totally intrigued by it.
     
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    Those comparison pics are great!

    I was thinking of getting a BH but I saw that the Classic Work Boot is available in 7" height as well, so I'm seriously deliberating now haha. It looks like the C461 is just a little bit sleeker. Does anyone know if the Classic Work Boot has a gusseted tongue as well?
     
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    classic work boots, mine has more rounded toe box. [​IMG]
     
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    I don't know how much difference there is "supposed" to be in the various lasts but I bought a pair of SJ's in an 11.5D and a pair of the Classic Work Boots in an 11.5D. The SJ's are just about broken in and are very comfortable whilst the Classics are much tighter all the way around even though the classics do have plenty of room in the tow box. The Classic's were much tighter than the SJ's when both were new. The classics are taking about 3X longer to break in but are starting to feel pretty good.

    The SJ's fit perfect with heavyweight socks when I first put them on then loosen up throughout the day especially if I do a lot of walking around in deep snow where they get real wet which has been the case for a few weeks now. They were Obenhaufed and oiled a few times when new so they don't get soaked through. Then after sitting all night they fit tighter at the beginning of the next day. I usually have to re-lace them a couple of times during the day.

    I never even knew what a "last' was until I started reading this forum.
     
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    What is your guys opinion on cowhide leather or the cxl leather for the semi dress boot. I currently own the wolverine 1000 mile. I'm sure glad I didn't pay full price for them because the veiny look from the cxl is getting terrible. Do the whites cxl do this as well? What about the cowhide?
     
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    CXL is also cowhide. White's CXL won't do it as readily, but it can still be a crapshoot. I think Wolverine and OSB use lower quality CXL, and so you'll see the awful-looking creasing. I haven't noticed these on my Vibergs, or as much as in the White's CXL pictures out there. Alden seems to do it much less, but it happens occasionally.
     
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    As far as SJ vs SD in toebox room, I can only say that I tried on a pair of SJs for sizing from Baker's, and they were MUCH tighter in the toes than I anticipated, and seemed tighter than the SDs I had tried on. Though certainly the pics above would indicate otherwise, so I don't know... Though there again ben2t's appear wider than the emptygarage pics. Almost looks like that SJ from emptygarage is on the "Swing" last...

    I think the C461 looks great, and I have gone ahead and ordered a pair of HH SDs in that last. I will report back upon their arrival.

    I also think that CXL is hit or miss. Some clearly gets creasy quickly, with Viberg being the main exception. But in any case, it is clearly a soft leather and picks up every little nick and ding, and definitely is susceptible to stretching. (I have a pair of OSBs in natural CXL.)
     
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    I haven't noticed much in the way of stretching for my Vibergs. Maybe it's the thickness of the leather, or the lining mitigated it. I'm also not sure if Viberg pre-stretches anything. I know Nicholas Hollows does that for his CXL belts.
     
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    Viberg's leathers definitely seem of a higher quality than most, and I bet the lining helps a lot too.
     
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    That's the thing. I don't want it to be a crapshoot. I have already missed on these wolverine 1000 miles, and if I buy another pair, especially for around 400, I don't want trash. Just curious, whats your thoughts on the whites non cxl leathers? Do they get the veiny creases?
     
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    Wolverine's does it much more readily than others. I wasn't enamored with the leathers I felt from White's. The dress leather and dry tan leather from White's was plasticky. The oil tanned leathers were fine, some thinner than others---I believe that the leather they use for the harvest roughout is oil tanned, and I liked that as a roughout, but it's thinner than the black and distressed roughouts. I don't think the "veiny creases" that you found on your Wolverine will be common with White's, and I don't recall ever seeing them on non-CXL leathers from them. I've seen it on Nick's non-CXL standard offerings, so I suppose it could happen.
     
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    None of my three pairs of White's have those creases. Every pair of Red Wings I have owned have had them. The Wolverines I've seen seem to be a similar quality to Red Wing.
     

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