Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts?

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  1. trvlr472

    trvlr472 Senior member

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    4Cahracters,

    Those are really nice looking boots. I'd like a pair with double soles as well but the Classic Work Boots and the SJ's I bought a few months ago are still not broken in all the way.[​IMG] I can't even think about buying another pair of White's for a while not only from a money standpoint but from a pain standpoint. If the time it's taking to break these two pairs in is any indication of how long they will last they'll be around a lot longer than me that's for sure.
     
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    I noticed a couple of minor flaws in mine but as everyone has pointed out. They are handmade and that is to be expected. I use mine to work in so I could care less..
     
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    I've got a pair of the Classic Work Boots in the brown oil finish and I had them leather lined. It's very stiff stuff. I'm thinking that so many like the Chromexcel because it probably is more comforatable and "stretchy" than other leathers which makes it more comfortable right out of the box. it also requires less maintenance from what I have read. I could be wrong but that is what I'm thinking. When I get a pair of SD's I may very well go with the Chromexcel.
     
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    Random soft-toe SJ love…
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    Without doubt, oil tan is stubborn as nails. Tyx trvlr472
     
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    Yep, it is. If I ever get another pair in oil tan I'll order them with the roll top because that is the main issue. The upper shaft where that leather edge tightens up when I tighten the laces at the top. Some days they feel very comfortable and then they stiffen up again if they sit for a while when I'm wearing the SJ's. They even stiffen up after just sitting overnight. I just wore them everyday for around 2 months and they were still stiff some days and comfortable other days. The SJ's are far more comfortable even though they are made of oil tanned roughout. I suspect it is just the different lots of leather. The taller SJ's don't have the tight point in the same place as the 6" CWB's do so I think that makes a difference as well.

    I can only imagine oil finish, leather lined with double soles.
     
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    It will require much more maintenance. I don't know who told you it requires less maintenance, but perhaps there is some kind of miscommunication. Every scuff shows and it takes very, very little to scuff chromexcel.

    I should point out though, that my experience with cxl is limited to the cxl on my wolverine 1000 miles.

    Of course cxl is more comfortable and doesn't require much break in... and oil tanned leather is stiffer and requires break in. It's like comparing velvet to iron. With cxl, you get a comfy boot right out of the box. The cost of that is that the leather ages overnight (or develops patina... but I'll let that alone without going on a rant about fake distress...), it scuffs if you even look at it funny, it creases and the uncolored leather shows through the creases in no time, the color rubs off on your jeans at certain points, and you'll be either letting it go to shit or brushing it after every wear to keep it from looking ratty.

    However, it has an almost rabid following among people who have an interest in collecting footwear and such, so perhaps my limited experience with it has caused me to have the wrong impression.
     
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    I've been following this thread for awhile and thought I'd share a pic of my recently acquired Whites original packer boots, there haven't been many packer boot fans I guess mostly semi dress and bounty hunters. My next purchase I think will be a brown pair of bounty hunters or farmer & ranchers. [​IMG]
     
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    Id love to see some close up shots of those packers, bro. Have some Wesco custom packers scheduled for delivery next week and would be curious to see how they compare.
     
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    Hey all....I bought some beat up packers on ebay and sent them off to White's for a rebuild. Really a great work boot.[​IMG]

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    Ha ! Packer night I guess. B-ewing here's some close ups for ya. [​IMG]

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    Double post...sorry...
     
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    My 8" Farmer Ranchers in brown oil tan leather after a little 10 mile hike today. These are 6 months old, with an estimated 100 miles of use. Still not entirely broken in yet but extremely comfortable, and becoming more beautiful with each wear. One thing that bothers me is that the heels are starting to separate - especially between the rubber and the leather stack. Anyone else see this happen?
     
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    My packer boots show a little separation between the upper rubber and the leather but not the lower rubber heel cap, definitely doesn't feel loose or anything I think it's just because after the sewing it's only a small 1/8" bit of leather glued down and with all the knocking around these heels get it lifts off.
    I have a question about the rubber heel cap, my packer boots heel cap is at least a 1/2" thick, makes the heels massive, what's the thickness on a farmer rancher and semi dress? Also I wonder if I could have the heels on these packers switched to a standard whites heel without it looking strange? Or at least lowered like the wesco packer boots, those have a great heel.
     

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