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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. EastWestApparel

    EastWestApparel Senior member

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    Very Impressed with the clean up Brian, they've gone from smokers lungs to given up and looking good. I am a smoker unfortunately. Also a ground crunching build Univibe, that leather in the full boot looks great, going to be in my next stock order. Cha's.
     
  2. scotty2hotty

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    Uni,

    Awesome Boot!
    Your order date and delivery date make me excited; i ordered my classic work boot on May 20th.
    I'm hoping my delivery time frame follows yours.
     
  3. andy b.

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    That I couldn't tell you. When I talked to both Kyle at Baker's, and the techs at White's, they all said the smooth black and brown offered as standard leathers on the boots such as the SJs were the thickest and most durable. I asked what the lightest color brown leather was that was still one of the most durable, and both told me that the smooth distressed brown would be the next in line for durability.

    I have never seen the smooth distressed brown in person, but my Packers are the standard smooth black leather, and my SJs are the standard black (only reversed for roughout) and smooth brown. All seem like exceptionally strong and supple leathers. In your photos (which are the best I've seen yet of a pair of boots in distressed brown), the leather looks the same as the smooth brown and black, so I would think they should be just as durable. I hope you didn't take my comment to mean that they were not durable. I think any cowhide from White's is going to be so many steps above most other boots that you will never wear them out if you take care of them.

    As an aside, my BHs have the smooth red dog vamp and heel, and I don't think it is as thick as the smooth brown or black.

    Andy B.
     
  4. univibe88

    univibe88 Senior member

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    Andy - thanks for the response. Not to worry, I wasn't taken back by your comment at all. I was just genuinely curious :). Thanks for your kind words about the photos. This thread was a huge help to me when deciding on these boots. I enjoy sharing pictures and participating in the discussion and sharing of knowledge in hopes that it helps someone else.
     
  5. Okal

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    I have seen the smooth black and brown and the distressed leather all at the same time. If the distressed leather is any less durable, it is not by much. I wouldn't worry about the durability of the distressed leather at all, and it is exceptionally good looking for what it is designed to be -- a casual, lighter-colored, rough and tough type of leather. It doesn't hold a candle to the beauty of my horsehide boots, but not many leathers do. I can definitely say that if I wanted a pair of SDs, Farmer-Ranchers, or Packers for hard use and desired a nice patina with lots of coloration and use stains, I would heavily lean towards the distressed leather. And i love Uni's SJs in distressed (9FF!?! No wonder they look as wide as they are long! Hahahaha!!). As a matter of fact, a pair of one of those boots in distressed leather sounds really good to me!

    Allan
     
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    4characters Senior member

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    I’m looking for leather care products to stock up on while I wait for my navy Chrome Excel boots to arrive.
    Anyone hear heard about”Lexol NF Neatsfoot Leather Dressing
    It says: “Lexol NF is specially designed for today's vegetable and chrome tanned leathers”
    It also says it’s "non-darkening"...

    Is it any good? Would Obenaufs be better? If so which Obenaufs leather product should I get?

    Thanks guys



    univibe88, nice smoke jumpers! FF?!!? Are ye man or are ye ox?
     
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    Horween swears by Venitian Cream for CXL. I used it on my navy OSBs I had for about 2 yrs. kept em looking mighty spiffy
     
  8. 4characters

    4characters Senior member

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    Sounds wonderful, thanks B-ewing.
     
  9. andy b.

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    Allan,

    That was EXACTLY my reason for talking to Baker's and White's about a lighter color leather. The black and smooth brown are so dark that they don't really develop a patina of any sort. Your reasons for liking the distressed are exactly why I know I will end up with a pair in that leather sooner than later. The only question is will I end up with a pair in HH before the distressed. :D

    Andy B.
     
  10. scotty2hotty

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    Well, I was quite surprised when i got home from work last night! I was anticipating having to wait at least 2 more weeks; based on others order/lead times. But, here they are. I was fairly worried about "how much" toe kick there would be and others posting on this site about clown shoes. I am very satisfied with the look and the comfort of the "rock when you walk" to these boots. I made the right decision (for me).

    461 last "classic work boot"
    all oil tanned brown leather
    brown edge
    antique eyes and hooks
    single mid-sole
    100 vibram lug sole
    double celastic toe
    standard toe cap
    standard curve heel -1/4"
    8" w/pull loop
    kilty/tongue guard installed

    I have included some photos of my 15+ yr old cowboy packers in the same leather for comparison.
     
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  12. univibe88

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    Those are awesome! I wish my photography skills were as good as yours!
     
  13. PASstudy

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    See lots of people going to Baker's. Anyone try to use White's directly? I noticed there are no prices on the site for the SD but there appear to be many more leather/color options but fewer eyelet, tongue, midsole, etc.... options.

    Any experience getting the same kind of customization via Whites?
     
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    Whites or Bakers, it's the same thing with same options. I've done both, awesome service for both. No real benefit either way in my experience, but Bakers is nice for building/ordering online. To go direct with Whites you'll want to call.
     
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    Hi guys,

    Just for comparison. Anybody have a link to what boots in Brown Smooth and Brown Oil Tan leather look like. I wanted to compare and see which is closest to Brown Chromexcel. I looked on rakuten, but they just say Brown not sure what type.

    THanks,
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. Yeah, Whites has fewer options out in the open and first timer orders need to send in foot tracings, measurements too. Thanks again! Will try out Baker's let you know how it turns out.
     
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    Scott,

    Your new boots look great, and so do those Packers! Looks like you have an extra layer or two on the surface of the Packers. Bet they would clean up really well. I'd like to see pictures of the cleaned and oiled Packers next to the new Classic Work Boots to make that comparison. How do the boots feel on your feet when comparing 15 year old, well-worn boots to the brand new ones? I am still in the process of breaking in my SDs. They feel better and more conforming to my feet with every wearing.

    Allan
     
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    I don't have any side-by-side photos, and I don't own anything in Brown Oil Tan, but my SJs are Brown Smooth and black roughout, and unless you're in bright light, the Brown Smooth is very dark, almost black. There are a few pics of my SJs back a few pages in this thread. In fact, when I received them I thought there was a mistake and they were built in all black leather. I think if you had a pair of boots in all Brown Smooth that most people would think they were black. Most of the online photos I see don't make the Brown Smooth look that dark because they have a lot of lighting.

    Granted, leather color can vary a bit from lot to lot.

    Andy B.
     
  20. scotty2hotty

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    Allan,

    Thanks!

    I'll clean up those packers and send a photo.
    As far as fit and comfort compared to the well worn boot.
    I am 1,000% satisfied with my choice! The 461 last with more toe box room and -1/4" in the heel is exactly what I personally was looking for and needed.

    I went a little overboard on day one break-in; I wore them for 14 hours, and luckily about 6 of those hours were sitting, or I would have been very sorry.
    After an evening of recovery I wore them again the next day on a 300 mile 12 hour motorcycle ride/day. We are now one! The cowboy packers will probably be permanently retired.

    Scott
     

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