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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. Okal

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    Great boots, urbanwoodsman. I'm thinking of getting something very similar for myself.


    I was thinking of going with Chrome Excel for the entire boot. Are you implying that it's not the best choice for durability? I want something tough that will hold up in deep snow and slush. I understand the Chrome Excel is thick and oily, which sounds like what I want. As far as soles go, I'm leaning towards Vibram 100s for traction.
     
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    Chrome Excel is thick, not really oily, and does stretch quite a bit in unlined form...
     
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    If you want something tough and durable do not get CXL.
     
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    Why
     
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    It stretches very easily, breaks down quickly, dries out quickly, and it's not as hard wearing as the more straight forward leathers. IMHO, it's great for the uppers on boots or for dress shoes. I've had two pairs of Alden Indys, two pairs of Whites, a Yuketen belt, and a Tanner Goods wallet in CXL. It's just not meant for hard use. If you have 30 pairs of shoes/boots, sure, get that leather, but if you plan on working in them at all they won;t last as long as the traditional leathers.
     
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    I'm surprised to hear that CXL wears out so quickly. The regular smooth leather would be tougher?

    Also, maybe this has been answered before, but is the sizing the same for Smoke Jumpers and Bounty Hunters?
     
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    There is no way that Excel is as tough and durable as the various oiled leathers: the smooth black, smooth brown and smooth distressed. Look at the standard leather for the Smoke Jumpers that the REAL smokejumpers use, and you will see they are made from the smooth black or smooth brown. Urb's boots have one of the best leather combinations I have seen in a Bounty Hunter, except that I prefer the Cuban heel and a brown midsole edge. The 100 sole is great for traction, but it makes for a heavier, less flexible boot. Match the sole to the use, as with any boot, and you'll be happy.

    Allan
     
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    Those are beautiful! I just ordered some and I was really torn between 8" vs 10". I went with 8" and seeing yours confirms that I made the right decision.
     
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    Do we have a comparison of how CXL ends up as compared to smooth leathers? Would French calf be a good alternative to Burgundy CXL and what is a good alternative to Brown CXL in terms of being the same color and better durability?
     
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    Whites bounty hunters by jgomez541, on Flickr
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    I have worn these going on 3 years working in a steel shop. Chromexcel is plenty tough, not sure why all the hate or misinformation, but they have done a great job of protecting my feet are very comfortable and i have not noticed excessive stretching. My quoddy's in chromexcel i probably should have sized down on but we are talking about two very different shoes with two very different purposes. I have no idea what everyone does for a living on here but if you are doing heavy duty work you should probably buy heavy duty leather. I think for most purposes chromexcel works just fine.
     
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    Thanks for the vote of convedence, I just perchased a pair if vintage line packer boots in brown chromexel.

    it seams that the other standard leather is tougher, but chomexel has a little more of a sheen and still lasts a very long time. buy a pair of white's get a pair of white's..... whites are darn tough boots!


    Nice bounty hunters, by the way, they look great for 3 years in a metal shop!
     
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    Not knocking Chromexel. It's a good leather. But the standard oiled leathers are tougher and more durable. "No brag, just fact," as the old saying goes.

    Nice Bounty Hunters, Sleepy! Your advice on choosing the right materials for the conditions is spot on. I like to see good boots that have lived a working life. They have character!!! Thanks for posting the pictures.

    Allan
     
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    I have a couple questions because I have some chromexels on the way...

    Is Chromexel leather not oil tanned?

    do I still use white's boot oil on them?


    also I think that chromexel is best sheen for the money that white's offers for a dress boot(just my opinion). That being said I would much rather have french calf, shell cordorvan, or waterbuffalo, but they are a little to costly for me at this point in my life...
     
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    for super heavy surface abrasion though get either standard oil tanned or ruff out. scratched chrome may make you cry.[​IMG]
     
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    CXL is a pull-up leather. If you use oil they will darken, particularly natural CXL. If you do use it, do so sparingly. There's not much benefit to saturating them.
     
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    does anyone have any experience with natural chromexcel rough out? it seems like it would hide a lot of the surface scratches.
     
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    thanks
     
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    Does anyone have any pictures of brown Bison, brown oil tan or brown HH with some age on them ? I want to know how dark they get with age. I've found some pictures of them new but nothing worn.
     
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    Thanks! They were the first work boot that i wore that didn't hurt my feet after wearing them all day, I wore danner work books, redwings with the crepe sole, and various shoes with various insoles and none stacked up to the whites. Took a little bit to break in but so worth it. no back problems, no foot problems, no soreness and this is walking on concrete all day. I don't work in the shop as much as i use to and was lucky enough to score some vibergs from the sample sale so hopefully i'll be able to compare once they break in a little more.
     

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