- Mar 6, 2018
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In all of my shoes (especially Danners) I take a 14. The Branock device measures me as a 14 B. In White’s I’m a 12 C or D. Go figure.
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From what Kyle told me the Distressed Tan would be the toughest non-black or non-dark brown leather. In fact, it may even be the thickest of all Whites leathers.In your experience, what is White's toughest light brown or tan leather? Bonus points if it takes a shine... looking for something with the wear profile of brown dress but in tan... British Tan is more brown than tan, and being chromexcel is susceptible to scuffs and will not take a satisfactory shine. I have been informed that tan french calf is not available... and bull hide is not formal enough, and water buffalo (not a fan) is not durable enough...any suggestions?
I believe it also requires the application of a dyed wax aswell and using the deer bone (I’ve also read using the backside of a spoon) to work the wax into the leather. Though I’ve never done anything to my pair of waxed flesh vibergs as I prefer the patina and distressed look.Now that White's offers waxed flesh, this question is germane to the thread. For those of you with waxed flesh boots (any brand... I assume all the leather comes from Horween) a/k/a french waxed calf or "Huntsman" in the Horween catalogue, how do you care for them. This leather was popular in olde tyme days for bespoke hunting boots, and the best makers recommended boning them with the leg bone of a red deer to maintain appearance.
I have heard of boning shell cordovan, and deer legs for that are readily available... but what it the technique for the waxed flesh? What product do you use, or do you simply rely on the oils in the bone. Most discussion of deer leg boning involves shell, I assume the procedure for waxed flesh is similar? Does anyone know for sure? Any guides or videos to which I should refer specifically for waxed flesh?
Thanks in advance...
In my opinion only:Another question for you all:
What are the pros/cons of water buffalo?
What would be the most noticeable differences between water buffalo and cxl in terms of appearance, wear and durability?
Ahhh Horsehide ("HH")... how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:^ Thanks very much! I really appreciate the response to my newb questions here.
Just one more (for today, at least!): What is the appeal of horsehide? It looks like a rich golden colored oily pull-up leather, but it seems to be so popular I have a feeling I am missing something. How would it differ from, say, the British tan?
I agree with all of this.In my opinion only:
WB is a pure dress leather... it is thin, and shiny and will take a polish. The surface seems "plasticky" to me, but it creases nicely.
I am not a fan of it, and would take french calf any day over WB for a formal boot, and Brown Dress in a boot destined for hard use, which WB is not.
It seemed OK for a dress boot, but is always felt thin or "fragile" compared to other boot choices.
Here are a couple of my posts on the subject, I stand by my position... I don't hate WB, I just don't like it as much as other leathers.
CXL is thicker and waxy where WB is thin and shiny. WB will take a polish, I have never been able to get CXL to polish to my standards.
CXL will show wear and scuffs but will brush out... WB is for dress, CXL is more casual. I really don't care for either, but if I had to choose one for a casual boot, it would be CXL (but I would still secretly desire horsehide or french calf or even brown dress).
"Artificial" is a good way to put it... I agree... Now all of the above being said, can you think of a situation where you would actively recommend WB over French Calf? I cannot, therefore I have no use for WB...I agree with all of this.
A little more to add. WB, at first, looks "plasticky" or almost artificial like.