Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts?

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  1. mr. burns

    mr. burns Senior member

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    I use mine for work in a warehouse environment. Lots of walking and lifting and getting scuffed up by carts/pallets/shelves etc. Nothing extreme, though.
     
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    Yes
     
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    Correct on silicone tanned but voyager is pebbled and otter is smooth. Otter is our most water resistant.
     
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    Thanks, sambam! What weight are these compared to, say, brown smooth? I have a pair of Smoke's in #38 Swing Last. I got them as orphans from Drew's. They are smooth Red dog and lined. However, the tongue, and only the tongue, is silicone tanned(I guess Otter). I guess whoever originally ordered them did not want to get the top of their foot wet;)
     
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    @sambam - I have a pair of White's Engineer boots in Black Chrome Excel by Horween - they took a good stretch to break in - but now they are like butter-:)
    If I were to order a pair of Brown Rough Out as specified in the Baker's web site - would that leather be the Brown Chrome Excel by Horween only in rough out - or is the Brown Rough Out a different leather altogether.
     
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    I'm pretty sure brown roughout would be the reverse side of their oil tanned heavyweight leather.
     
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    I ended up speaking to Kyle at Baker's and I do believe you are correct. The RO is a bit heavier than the Horween. I just May go for the Distressed RO, non celastic 10" (a bit cooler than my 12")
     
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    Sambam I have heard from differing sources - erroneously it seems - on the relative weights of the silicone tanned leathers. Will you share more detail on the Voyager and Otter leathers please?

    Cheers!
     
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    Questions regarding the Semi Dress model

    I actually do not have a single pair of SD boots among my pairs - I always gravitated to the traditional design of the F-R model and it's all-around robust bulletproofedness (is that a word?), even with dress brown leather for "office" boots.

    For those of you sporting the SD model, what brought you to that particular choice? Was it for a more solid option to say, an Indy boot? Foot support issues? Purely aesthetic reasons? Or maybe the desire for a traditional, high quality pair of footwear that will outlive you and is a tangible way to connect with how America used to be?

    I had many reasons myself, and with the SD supremely popular with our members, I am very curious. Most recently, I wanted a warm weather pair and chose the 6" F-R with brown dress leather as opposed to branching out to the SD. It looks very sharp and under pants, someone can't really tell you're not wearing shoes.

    Having said that, I may STILL end up with a pair of SD, eventually, although that's exactly why I have the latest pair. At least it's not as expensive as sailing boats or racing horses. Does anyone have a pair of black oil SD they can share?

    Cheers!
     
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    I have a pair of SD and bounty hunter.
    To me, I like the bounty hunter more because of the height of the boot.
    When I lace the SD, the lace end up being too close to my ankle.
    Then when I start walking, it create a weird feeling, like hindering the movement of the ankle and the foot.
    It does not happen when I wear the bounty hunter.
     
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    I am an attorney who works in an office environment... I am not a wilderness fire fighter, nor a farmer, nor a rancher, nor a bounty hunter. I spend zero time in the wild, I am more likely to be in an airport than on a farm, and more likely to be on asphalt and concrete than in the forest or the field. For me the Smoke-jumper, FR, or BH would be overkill for my daily needs, would look strange in my work environment, and would be more product than I need.

    At the same time I appreciate quality and love the idea of rebuildable customizable boots made in the USA. I am of the mind that you buy the best and only cry once. That being said, Whites offer the SD for people like me... I think a 5" SD is a perfect urban, suburban, or indoor type boot. A SJ, FR, or BH would look vastly out of place on me, just as a french calf SD would look out of place on a wilderness firefighter.

    To each their own, but I wear a semidress boot for the same reason I drive a 4 door sedan and not a Humvee... it works for my lifestyle, and the Humvee would be more expensive, larger, unwieldy, and a total waste of money for the uses to which I would put it.

    We are truly blessed to have the selection however, and I am eagerly awaiting White's new MP boot... in whiskey shell... who is with me?
     
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    Has anyone else besides @andy b. picked up any Oxfords? I'd like to see pics of different variations.
     
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    correct.

    What I'd like to know is what the difference between brown oil tanned and distressed smooth is, because after I applied conditioners like Chelsea Leather Food and Obenauf's or after I wipe down my distressed smooth boots with a damp rag, they pretty much look like the regular brown oil tanned leather.
     

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