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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. LouieBailie

    LouieBailie Senior member

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    I just got a pair of boots back (I bought in 1980) from 2nd rebuilding, they cost more to rebuild that they did new but still going strong.
     
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  2. LouieBailie

    LouieBailie Senior member

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    Be very careful when using induced heat to soak oils into anything, hot spots cause more concentrated oiling and that area stretches more than the surrounding leather......you are 100% better off placing them in direct sunlight, inside or outside when above 80 degrees and letting them evenly bake.... I have seen many pairs ruined using heat guns....

    Then they sell on eBay as new just tried on (HAhaha) and the internet BS sizing rumors get started...(IE: 10.5C fits like 10C if worn inside when the temp is below 125F or 10E in the pool when swimming)
     
  3. trvlr472

    trvlr472 Senior member

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    I can't really afford Whites but bought two pairs about 4 or 5 months ago. I've been burned too many times trying to save money on cheap junk. To me it's money well spent and cheaper in the long run. Quality always is. Unless you're paying huge premiums for a name which isn't the case with White's. They are handmade in the USA which is why they cost so much.
     
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    I think this is one of the best representations of the Brown Smooth. Mine are this dark in person.
     
  5. linafelt

    linafelt Senior member

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    Whites sells some boots on ebay as "Whitesriver." You can see if there is something you like there cheaper; and they are returnable.

     
  6. CityofChamps

    CityofChamps Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have any recent pics of their boots?
     
  7. climbinglife

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    10 days old...about 50 hours on them so far.
     
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    andy b. Senior member

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    A photo I posted on IG a few days ago:
    http://instagram.com/p/peIkUjssgH/#

    These are a little over 4 years old and get worn many times per week from SEPT-MAY and a lot through the summer as well. Bounty Hunters with Red Dog vamp and heel and Brown Bullhide shafts. I hit them with Obenau's LP maybe twice per year, and brush them off with a clean horsehair brush at the end of almost every day I wear them. It took at least a year for the Red Dog to start developing a shine.
     
  9. oreospeedwagon

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    Red Wing makes great work boots, but I can't wear a pair of their Heritage line more than a year without the leather insole cracking and going to shit. I'm considering White's for the obvious reasons, but mostly because they're rebuildable.
     
  10. CityofChamps

    CityofChamps Well-Known Member

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    Nice boots! Do you have an older pair that are a darker leather, but same style?
     
  11. CityofChamps

    CityofChamps Well-Known Member

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    Ricky, any current pic with some mileage on your boots? Those are beautiful!
     
  12. climbinglife

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    Hey bro,
    I did. Long story short with those is, the CXL on those boots began to stretch (Unlined) so I decided to sent them to Bakers for a full rebuild with new tracings. Kyle calls me and says these boots are a full size off from the tracings I sent in. Dumfounded (I bought my boots through Whites the first time) I said rebuild them a size down, which they did. When the boots came back, it looked like a ten year old did the stitching...it was terrible looking to say the least. I sent pics to Kyle and ultimately sent the boots back, he agreed and offered me a full refund on the rebuild and offered to put that refund towards a brand new pair (They were really bad) which i did. These boots are the new boots, which i got in 18 days from the date of order.

    They are essentially the same exact boot, except I changed from Brown CXL to Natural, and I added a red liner and also got them in the right size. Sucks that I lost my three year old boots as thats not what I wanted to have happen but they became so sloppy from being the wrong size and stretching i couldn't really wear them any more. They were an 8D, the new ones are a 7D.

    Kyle even sent me my old boots back at no charge and aside from terrible stitching, they are functionally fine, so I gave them to my best friend to use at work. He loves them and has become a Whites convert.
     
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  13. RickyTylerson

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    I don't have any recent pics. I actually haven't gotten to use them much. theres been a little bit of a sizing issue.

    When I went to white's I tried on a plain toe smoke jumper with a soft toe - which was really comfy in the size that they prescribed. I think my error was switching to a lace to toe with celastic toe. I have a wide forefoot and was feeling a lot of discomfort on my big toe, so I had to send the left boot back to be rebuilt. which led to this disaster -
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    So I had to wait another couple weeks for them to fix the sole and since I wasn't able to wear the boots with the wrong sole very long - I still have the issue (although to a lesser degree) with my left big toe. I'm planning on sending them back for another adjustment next month. big pain in the ass :(

    and yes the leather darkened to match the rest of the boot after application of obenauf's
     
  14. mogili222

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    @RickyTylerson I have said this before that I love how the color of your boots changed with the application of Obenauf's and I am going to do that exact thing once I get to order my boots and I receive them.
     
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    Beautiful plumage!
     
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  17. LouieBailie

    LouieBailie Senior member

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    Yea, I only do it to all my Alden shell cordovan boots and shoes (all 12 pairs), my 744 and 721 wolverines, my std wolverines. my Trickers shell cordovan and calf boots, my Herring calf boots, my Ralph Lauren BOWERY boots, my Westco Boss and Roughriders, my Russell Moccasin boots and shoes , my Quoddy loafers moccasins and boots, my Eastland and Sebago made in usa ALL LEATHER SHOES...and the pair of WWII boots I own that are still flexible as the day they were made. I have been using it for over 50 years IT JUST RUINS THEM ALL.

    Mr stupid, read about what it is and does before sticking your head up your butt with a statement like that.

    Next: Name a better USA supplier of shell cordovan and horsehide then Horween genius. West Coast Shoe Company is not a customer, they do not use premium horsehide or std horsehide.. There are LONG waiting lists of companies waiting for deliveries of it to make boots/shoes. The companies STOP production and wait for deliveries, Mr genius why not tell those "other" companies so they can supply the factories.. bawwhahah

    FYI Huberds has been around for decades much longer than the new trendy stuff and is and has been used on premium leather (including soles) for years to keep them flexible. Most companies try and do as well making leather absorb the proper combination of oils, It does not ruin their appearance and it DOES NOT CAUSE PREMATURE WEAR. Internet genius.....

    As to your assumption about fools, a fox smells his own hole first, foxy boy...now go back and play on your carpet in your pretty boots.....
     
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    LouieBailie Senior member

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    Here are a couple pairs of real cheap boots slathered down with shoe grease. If I use it on these you can use it on Whites to protect the leather.

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    Huberds treated tops, bottoms, sides, shell cordovan Allen Edmonds, Ralph Lauren Bowery, WWII Officer boots, all cost MUCH more than 99% of Whites models and all leathers are treated the same to prevent drying out.
     
  20. b-ewing

    b-ewing Senior member

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    Hubards shill???????
     

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