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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. slide13

    slide13 Senior member

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    I don't know Wolverine sizing enough to say, but I find they run about 1/4 size large actually. I'm anywhere from an 11 to a 12 depending upon the shoe. Running shoes are all 12, Alden boots in Barrie and Trubalance last are 11s. I have White's in 11 and 11.5 and the 11s are a little short such that my toes do touch the end after being on my feet for a bit. This works because those boots are soft toed but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable in a firm toed boot in the 11.

    The above applies to the standard Semi-Dress last. I do have one pair in 11 on the Swing last as well and that fits a touch longer in my experience and I have room at the end in them.

    If you've never ordered before...do foot tracings and send them into White's. As long as you do the tracings and measurements properly they'll get you into a good fitting boot.
     
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    For those of you ordering custom White's, I've found this website extremely helpful:

    http://vintageblue.co.jp/list.php?br=wb&ct=semidress

    Lets you see various leather, sole, heel configurations. Click on the little image to the right to see larger photos.

    ie.

    [​IMG]

    I just ordered a custom pair of the semi dress from Baker's. Can't wait to see what they end up like.
     
  3. Whacky

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    For those of you ordering custom White's, I've found this website extremely helpful:

    http://vintageblue.co.jp/list.php?br=wb&ct=semidress

    Lets you see various leather, sole, heel configurations. Click on the little image to the right to see larger photos.


    I just ordered a custom pair of the semi dress from Baker's. Can't wait to see what they end up like.


    Did you opt for the french calf burgundy like the picture?
    If not, what did you go for?


    Anyone out there have experience with both the standard White's heel, and their 90 degree block heel?
    Differences?
     
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    Not many (any?) options to try them on I'm afraid. Stronghold used to stock some but I don't know that they do anymore, and I've heard there is a place in NYC that was stocking a model or two but I cannot recall the name right now. For the most part though you just have to send in tracings or extrapolate from sizing comparisons to other boots.

    The store in NYC that carries three different makeups of semi-dress is Graham Fowler.
     
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    Whacky: Here's my configuration:

    #38 Retro Semi Dress Americana by White's Boots
    Toe Cap Leather Color British Tan, Sole Vibram 269, Size - Length 11, Hardware Antique Eyes & Hooks, Edge Brown, Upper (Shaft) Leather British Tan, Midsole Single, Pull Loops No Thanks, Leather Liner Cream, Sole Trim Close Trim, Toe Vamp Leather British Tan, Size - Width D (medium), Toe Cap Leather Toe Cap (only available on plain toe style), Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe, Heel Base 90 Degree Blocked off Heel (Traveler)
     
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    I don't envy the White's workers, trying to keep all these custom options straight!
     
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    Whacky: Here's my configuration: #38 Retro Semi Dress Americana by White's Boots Toe Cap Leather Color British Tan, Sole Vibram 269, Size - Length 11, Hardware Antique Eyes & Hooks, Edge Brown, Upper (Shaft) Leather British Tan, Midsole Single, Pull Loops No Thanks, Leather Liner Cream, Sole Trim Close Trim, Toe Vamp Leather British Tan, Size - Width D (medium), Toe Cap Leather Toe Cap (only available on plain toe style), Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe, Heel Base 90 Degree Blocked off Heel (Traveler)
    Sounds like an awesome boot, nice spec. And roughly my size as well....if they don't work out for you for some reason you let me know [​IMG] You would think 4 pair of White's would be enough but with all the cool custom options and leathers there are just way too many cool configurations that I want to have. British Tan looks awesome in the pics I've soon to, be sure to share some photos of them when they arrive.
     
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    Will do. And at nearly 500 clams these suckers better be blowaway [​IMG]
     
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    I should be getting my custom Semi Dress boots in a week and a half at this point....

    So, I was wondering, does anyone have any opinions on leather dressings or conditioners that I should perhaps apply while the boots are new?

    I just called Whites, and had them add some of their leather preservative to the order, which as an aside, their website claims is made by Obenaufs. I presume it is similar (if not exact) to the Obenaufs Heavy Duty LP.

    Also considering Sno Sealing the boots and leather soles from the get go.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    I should be getting my custom Semi Dress boots in a week and a half at this point....

    So, I was wondering, does anyone have any opinions on leather dressings or conditioners that I should perhaps apply while the boots are new?

    I just called Whites, and had them add some of their leather preservative to the order, which as an aside, their website claims is made by Obenaufs. I presume it is similar (if not exact) to the Obenaufs Heavy Duty LP.

    Also considering Sno Sealing the boots and leather soles from the get go.

    Any thoughts?


    Do not overdo it. Their leathers are built to take a beating. At most, if you don't really beat the hell out of them (soak them, really), just wipe off after each wearing, use shoe trees, and condition them with the White's conditioner (if made by Obenauf's, then it's what I'd recommend anyway), say, every 3 months. You don't want to over-condition the leather. Obenauf's is better than sno-seal. I'd only sno-seal if you are going to use these as a dedicated winter (snow) boot.
     
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    What do you mean, obenaufs is "better" than sno seal? I know if you have boots long enough, and condition them enough times with the Obenaufs LP, then the boots will build up some water resistence.
    But I thought Sno Seal was a much stronger, and more concrete water barrier than Obenaufs?

    Either way, I want to do something to strengthen the weatherproofing on these boots.
    Although the pair I ordered will function mostly for fashion purposes, I hope to be able to wear them in any condition. I'm around tons of wet weather, and I hate having to switch over to big hiking boots just because it starts raining or snowing. Plus, I absolutely hate wet feet.

    If I go the Sno Seal route, is it better to treat them with while they are new and clean? Does that makes a difference in how well it sinks into the leather and waterproofs them?

    And what are the true downsides of sno-sealing boots like these? Will they be less breathable, or prevent future leather preservatives from conditioning the leather?
     
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    another request for sizing advice here. I did the foot trace and took measurements and sent them in to Baker shoes. The sales rep on the phone told me that I should get the same size for White's on the Northwest last as I wear in RW GT's. I have a pair of GT's in 11D and they're slightly long, but fit in the width. Then he emailed me again saying that White's recommended that I get an 11.5D based on my foot measurement (11.5" length with boot socks on). anyone with experience on how they sized? Much appreciated!
     
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    hmmm tough to say but I'd probably trust White's. I had some RWs in 11.5 and they were pretty big...bigger then my White's in 11.5 for sure. Not sure they are a full 1/2 size bigger though.
     
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    well, I just took the plunge and ordered the Classic Cougar from Baker shoe in red dog roughout with a vibram christy sole in 11D (went with my RW GT size, per Kyle's advice) well, here's to 4-6 weeks of waiting Will update when they arrive!
     
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    So I was just thinking about the custom Semi Dress boots that I ordered awhile ago.
    I haven't received them yet, but I was wondering about White's standard toe reinforcement.

    Does White's use a single celastic toe box as their standard toe reinforcement? Or is that something you have to specifically request at the time of ordering?

    I only ask because when I called my order in, I made no mention of the toe box, so I am curious how my boots will be made.
     
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    I think the SD typically defaults to single celastic toe reinforcement...but I'm not positive and they do and have built them without any before. Might want to give them a ring on Monday.
     
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    New boot at bakers...

    http://www.bakershoe.com/shop-by-bra...sic-work-boot/


    I am surprised that there has not been more interest in this newest offering from White's. It looks like a decent boot to me, just not too sure about the block heel. Has anyone ordered a pair?
     
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    Yeah, I saw those a while back.
    Definitely a nice take on a classic style. Are those even on White's website yet?
     
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    I figured I might as well post up a few pictures of my whites boots. I guess you could say that mine are kind of simi custom. When I bought them they were not one of White's stock styles. The store where I bought them ordered a bunch of them in this configuration. [​IMG] [​IMG]Atleast
     
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