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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. akmateo

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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?


    I believe that they are a Baker's exclusive.
     
  2. Whacky

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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.

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    What is the configuration of these? They look like a standard Semi Dress models.
    And Is that a single or a double leather sole?
     
  3. Thor

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    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?


    Is it just me or dos the middle picture make it look like a clown shoe...it must just be the perspective but that looks like one bulbous toe...really off-putting.
     
  4. Simontuntelder

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    Some years ago I bought some White's on eBay, but I really got the sizing wrong, so I kinda forgot about them again and bought tons of other boots from different makers instead.

    Now I want to give White's another try - the oxford/Rainier for starters-, but I'm unsure about the sizing.

    I have feet like a duck - flat, slightly wide and with a narrow(er) heel. Does anybody have similar feet who can tell me if this is enough to chose the E-width, instead of the D-width? My worry is that if I chose the E-width, I'll have sufficient room in the toebox, but in return I'll get heel slip.

    You Americans are super lucky - you have all these options. Short, Regular, Long etc. Plus more than one width. This is unheard of most places outside of the US.


    I would send White's or Baker's the outline of my foot, but I live in Denmark, so I would rather avoid the hassle if possible. Or can you send them an e-mail with a scan of your tracing?
     
  5. CodeRed

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    How do Whites compare to Wesco's? I have a couple of pair of Wesco's already so just debating if it is worthwhile to buy some whites..they strike me as a little more stylish with the variation in leathers. etc. Thoughts?
     
  6. Whacky

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    So I Just came back from vacation, and had a large, white box with the words "White's Boots" waiting for me.

    I finally received my custom Semi Dress boots.
    I was initially aiming to get a versatile boot (in color and style) that could be worn for a number of occasions. I think I managed to successfully create that boot.

    These were the specs I asked for:
    -Brown Semi Dress leather
    -Single Leather sole
    -90 degree block heel w/ Brown edge coloring
    -Heel lowered by 1/4"
    -Standard Last
    -Close trim w/ the single row stitching
    -Antique eyes and hooks
    -Black leather liner

    So These are my initial impressions:

    -Immediately comfortable - This caused me the most hesitation when I initially felt like purchasing. These boots cost an awful lot of money for normal people, and I did not want them to be painful to wear. However, they felt amazing from the first second I put them on. Totally stunned me, and I was pleasantly surprised. The arch ease system is absolutely great, and my feet feel wonderful wearing these boots.

    -Sizing - I didn't want to take chances, so I traced my foot and sent it to White's. Historically, I have been a standard 11D in pretty much every show I have ever worn. Gym shoes, dress shoes, flip flops, you name it. These White's custom boots carry the stamp of ' 10.5D ' on the inside. So I assume my trace, and traditionally an 11D foot was a 10.5D for White's. Either way, they fit absolutely perfectly!

    -Excellent craftsmanship - I don't have much to compare these boots with, as I have never owned Alden, RW, or any other expensive boots. However, I went over the boots with a fine eye, and the details are great. The leather is fantastic. No blemishes, smooth and strong. The stitching is rugged perfectly aligned. The seams are tight, and the lining is impeccable. Clearly a high end boot that will wear well.

    -Leather - The brown semi dress leather is a fairly standard choice for the semi dress model. It was soft right out of the box, and the color can easily compliment a wide variety of styles.

    -I'm really happy with my custom choices - I'm glad I chose to lower the heel 1/4", and went with the block heel. The standard White's heel, the cuban heel ,or whatever you call it was just a little too risky for my style. However, every picture I saw of the standard block heel seemed way too bulky. The lowered heel really makes this boot compatible with my traditional style, and keeps the boot from looking clunky without sacrificing comfort.

    Also, I'm very glad I chose the close trim option with the single row of stitching. It doesn't seem to suffer any lack of strength, and keeps the boot looking somewhat dressy and less like a super hardcore work boot.

    -The laces kinda suck - While they seemingly compliment the entire boot well, they also seem to be in a different league as far as the quality is concerned. They aren't terribly by any means, but compared to the rest of this boot.....

    Now, some might debate my next move, but I went ahead and applied Sno-Seal to the boots (whilst brand new and after the pictures below) as I live in the midwest and will wear these in a lot of both rain and snow. The Brown Semi Dress leather was great as the leather absorbed the Sno-Seal well, and had no noticeable color change. It was very simple and I'm glad I did it.


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    Excellent review, Whacky. My custom pair arrives tomorrow via UPS. Will post photos when they get here. Instead of sending in the tracing, I went ahead and ordered the same size as my Red Wing, Chippewa, Wolverine, etc. Somehow I trust this more than the tracing. Let's hope I'm right or it's a 500 clam mistake.
     
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    What's that scuff in the sixth pic?
     
  9. zissou

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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.

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    Wow, those are beautiful.

    This thread is only confirming that SDs will be my next pair of boots. I can barely tolerate the block heel on my Tricker's, so I'm looking forward to the classic White's heel.
     
  10. akmateo

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    2011 White's Classic Work Boot
    Hardware Antique Eyes & Hooks, Size - Length 10, Sole Vibram 700, Heel Lifts Standard, Edge Black, Upper (Shaft) Leather Brown Chome Excel by Horween, Leather Liner Tan, Sole Trim Close Trim, Toe Vamp Leather Brown Chome Excel by Horween, Heel Base 90 Degree Blocked off Heel (Traveler), Size - Width D (medium), Toe Cap Leather Toe Cap (only available on plain toe style), Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe, Lace Design Plain Toe, Counter Leather Brown Chome Excel by Horween, Height 6".

    Pics soon to follow...
     
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    Wow, those are beautiful.

    This thread is only confirming that SDs will be my next pair of boots. I can barely tolerate the block heel on my Tricker's, so I'm looking forward to the classic White's heel.


    i own both the tricker's stow and the white's semi dress. both amazing boots. stows are more striking and get more compliments than the whites, but the white's are more comfortable and i definitely prefer the classic heel. i will definitely buy another pair of whites before i buy another pair of trickers.
     
  12. bl@ster

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    Just got my custom White's semi-dress from UPS today. All I can say is... wow. The quality on these suckers is amazing. I was a little concerned that with the high price they wouldn't be worth it but after seeing them in person I can say they look like they're worth every penny. Build quality is really high. As for sizing, instead of the tracing I just went with the same size I wear in Red Wing, Wolverine, Chippewa, Alden, etc. The fit is spot on. Only complaint I have are the laces -- they seem a little flimsy (but that's an easy fix).

    Here's my custom config:

    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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    Both of these recently posted pair look fantastic! Great selections all around. Those cap-toes are gorgeous and just happen to be my size...so if you end up deciding they don't fit for any reason you let me know [​IMG] Just kidding, enjoy them!
     
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    @Akmateo- Yes, please post pics ASAP- very curious to see CXL and the new work boot!!

    @Bl@ster- - very nice boots! and great pics...now lets see some with the boots on your feet!!

    Getting itchy to pull the trigger on some Whites myself...
     
  15. ysb

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    just got my shipping notice from Baker Shoe so my boots will be here next week! I put together a much less dressy boot than most of what's been posted in here (went with classic cougar in red dog roughout with a vibram cristy sole), but will update with pics regardless.
     
  16. akmateo

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    2011 White's Classic Work Boot
    Hardware Antique Eyes & Hooks, Size - Length 10, Sole Vibram 700, Heel Lifts Standard, Edge Black, Upper (Shaft) Leather Brown Chome Excel by Horween, Leather Liner Tan, Sole Trim Close Trim, Toe Vamp Leather Brown Chome Excel by Horween, Heel Base 90 Degree Blocked off Heel (Traveler), Size - Width D (medium), Toe Cap Leather Toe Cap (only available on plain toe style), Celastic Toe Box Single Celastic Toe, Lace Design Plain Toe, Counter Leather Brown Chome Excel by Horween, Height 6".

    Pics soon to follow...


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    I apologize for the poor quality of the pics. They were taken with my cell phone, which doesn't focus well while taking close up pics. I took some pics of them with a Canon Rebel XTI in 10 mp resolution, but the files were too large to attach, and I don't know how to reformat them. Anyhow, these were taken after a few days of wear and one application of sno-seal. The sno-seal did not seem to have any darkening effect on the leather, which seemed to be already saturated with some type of conditioner or treatment. This is my first pair of White's boots. I own a pair of Red Wing Iron Rangers, several pairs of Chippewa's, Danner's, and Timberland's. My initial impression of them out of the box was that I was very impressed with the quality of the materials, craftsmanship, and how heavy they were. They are without a doubt the highest quality pair of boots that I have ever worn. The first day of wear, they felt bit stiff and heavy on my feet, which is to be expected. After a few days of wear, they feel very comfortable and sturdy. The arch support took some getting used to, but now I love it. My overall impression of these boots is that they will most definitely last a very long time, are very comfortable, and are worth what I paid for them. As you can see, the brown chrome excel looks slightly different in my pics as compared to the pics on Baker's website. Mine are a slightly darker and richer brown, with an amber or chestnut hue to them. I would not hesitate recommending White's boots, and will likely buy another pair or two at some point. As far as fit, I did the White's measurement thing, and they recommended that I wear a 10D, which is what I wear in every other boot that I own.
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  18. Thor

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    great looking boots!


    Would love to see the pics from your "real" camera- there is lots of free resizing software available thats quick and easy to use...!!??

    How did you specify the top eyelet to be an eyelet and not a speed hook?

    Any chance you could take a pic of the lining?

    thanks!

    Enjoy!
     
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    I was not able to specify the eyelet setup. That is just the way they came. I suppose if you wanted a different setup, White's would be willing to work with you.

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    Thanks for the pic-

    The reason I asked about the eyelet is because on the Baker website it shows hooks to the top...

    Would love to see pics of them on your feet if you ever get the chance...

    thanks again-
     

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