The HH, like the CXL, has the natural edges. Yeah, I know if I scratched or scraped them that it would show for sure if it was CXL or not, but I don't want to do that if I am sending them back. I can't quite tell the difference now (though am pretty sure they are Horsehide), but with a little wear they will end up being very different. I agree about the softness of CXL, and I was always a big fan of Horsehide based on my experience with Viberg horsehide, but then seeing how creasy (in a different way from CXL) the White's HH gets (see pics earlier in the thread) kind of turned me off to it. I do not want "pristine" boots, as some guys will accuse you of as soon as you say you don't want quick and easy wear to show, but the quality of White's HH seems more like the cheaper stuff you see on Thorogood boots rather than the really high quality you see on Viberg, and it is clearly thinner than what I had on my Vibergs. Though I wouldn't question its durability over against CXL.