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Custom White's Boots ... Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Victor Shadow, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Frizzleburger

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    I agree, those laces could be pulled tighter. The leather will loosen up a bit and you will then be able to pull even tighter. That’s just from my experience with new work type boots.
     

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    Those look great! How about a few more pics :)
     

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    Anyone have any idea what this is all about?

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    I am super interested to hear but the two other screenshots you didn’t include makes me feel like they are struggling and lashing out at someone who isn’t.

    Edit: after looking through his IG guy seems like a real winner in general.
     
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    lol Recently bought by ABC mart? That news have already been more than 5 years.
     

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    Hi all,

    My MP boots in distressed RO arrived a couple weeks ago. Snapped a few pictures tonight in case anyone is curious how these turned out. I haven't seen another pair of MPs in dist RO yet and I couldn't be happier with them so far. The MP last is definitely tighter around the instep and slightly smaller in the toebox than the SD last, but it's breaking in pretty well and I think it'll be a great fit after a few more wears. Stitching is very even and nice throughout - my only (very minor) disappointment is that the leather used on the vamp has noticeably shorter nap than that used everywhere else.

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    Guys, having a hell of a hard time deciding on which leather to do for my first pair of White's. At first was thinking of going Cordovan-- I won't lie, simply for the "flex factor"--, but after doing some research don't think it's optimal, especially for a first proper pair of boots... plus, I can't get it in a colour I'm crazy about (whiskey), so what's the point? After some further reading (and heavy lurking of this forum) I've decided on either horsehide or water buffalo, but then I fell in love with the British tan. And I won't lie, bison has intrigued me as well. My inner-snob scoffed at the idea of going with mere Chromexcel (British Tan), but I've since checked said inner-snob and realize it's so popular/rampant for good reason. So those are my three choices now; horsehide, water buffalo, and chromexcel. I realize the buffalo is the most supple of the leathers, probably best for more casual/dressy use and that has me kind of worried- will it age especially fast and wrinkle very easy? Also, are the British Tan chromexcel and brown horsehide fairly similar in shade? Hard to tell shade of the brown horsehide- some pics very dark, others lighter. Which would you guys recommend going for for a first timer? I'm going for a semi-dress btw. Buffalo would be the light brown fwiw.
     
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  10. Legal Eagles

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    I have posted on this before, my thoughts are here:
    https://www.styleforum.net/threads/custom-whites-boots-thoughts.219173/page-766#post-9433947

    TL;DR
    1) Water Buffalo - Thinner (not thin) pure dress, shiny, interesting surface... OK for pure dress boot, but always looks "plasticky".
    2) British Tan - Chromexcel, shows scratches, but these mostly buff out, softer leather, hard to get a good shine, shows water spots like crazy... color is nice, but not a fan of Chromexcel for boots, starts off dark tan, and gets darker with age.
    3) Brown Horse - best non shell leather White's makes, tough, durable, abrasion resistant, takes a shine, ages beautifully, has a "glow" I have not seen in other leathers... if I could only have one pair of White's, it would be in brown horse, if I could have two pairs, it would be in brown horse and black horse.

    My opinion only, YMMV
     
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    I have no experience with water buffalo. But I have to say, I don't think you'll notice much substantial difference between any of those with regard to feel/flex etc. I would say go with whatever looks best to you. If you were going to use them for any semi-serious work, I would say avoid the CXL, which will pick up the most abrasions and gouges. But sounds like that's not an issue. For me personally, the british tan seems a little, I don't know, bland to me. Entirely personal, but based on that, I'd vote for brown horsehide. On the other hand, if you were looking for something closer to whisky, I think natural CXL might be the way to go. It will darken up fairly quickly...
     

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    What would you advise going for that's tougher than CXL when it comes to not picking up abrasions and such? Are there some other leathers they offer off the menu? I do prefer something that can be shined and have somewhat of a lustre. That's what I initially dug about cordovan- the shine-, but then read about how it doesn't breath and some higher end shoemakers don't like to work with it.
     

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    Seems like the horsehide would hold up pretty well. Otherwise the two main choices are brown oil tan or brown dress. Both seem to wear like iron, but the the oil tan is much heavier and a bit more "dull," while the thinner dress leather would be lighter and bit "shinier." The dress leather for a long time was sort of "standard" for the SD, and there are lots of pics around. The oil tan is a real work boot leather, but harder to find pics of on an SD build.
     

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    ^Oh, and neither the oil tan nor the brown dress would really take a shine I would say, though the dress would get closer...
     

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    I would respectfully disagree... granted the oil tan is very difficult to shine (harder even than Chromexcel) but the Brown Dress in my experience is fairly easy to shine, being a dress leather... granted I only do the toe caps and heels, but this is an example of what a little polish and brushing can do to brown dress...
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