Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by cathpah, Jan 29, 2014.
I am interested in this as well.
Recently I have get a nick's oxford. I asked for the walnut leather vamp, but to me the leather is very like brown, I think the walnut leather should be more redish, is there anyone know the walnut leather?
What's up guys! It's been awhile since I've posted, but I wanted to chime in on the Nick's convo.
They make a great boot, no question! Business and factory wise, they are much smaller then White's and they are able to do some options/attributes that White's isn't set up to do. I own one pair of Nick's and I like them a lot - I think they do a good job.
This new "Roberts" series they're doing is available now through us and they are revamping their website which will have eCommerce capabilities but their pricing will be full list/MSRP pricing. They are using a McKay lock stitch construction on these boots.
I don't want to scare anyone away but Nick's lead time is 12+ weeks out and can creep into the 16 week range depending on season and complexity of the boot. Again, I don't want to scare anyone away, but I do want to be informative.
We sell a lot of Nick's Hot Shot fire/work boots and with them just starting to dabble in the made to order, lifestyle category I believe the demand will raise but with that said, lead times will probably increase but as per my conversation with the new owner, this is something they are focusing on to improve.
What I would like to do is have a few different "stock" models in 2-3 different leathers and carry gut sizes (8 thru 12 D and EE's) - my question to you guys....What would you want?!?! 5 or 6 inch? Leather color, sole, edge, ect?
Your help and opinion is much appreciated - We want have what our customers want so please advise.
Thanks for the info. I was wondering if you could elaborate more on what Nick's is setup to do that White's isn't.
Their burgundy aniline leather is really damn nice. I love how dark it is (almost black) with the pullup characteristics showcasing the burgundy. Also, their natural Chrome Mexcel seemed pretty impressive, too (seemed to maybe have a bit more contrast than Horween's version, but I might just be making that up). Happen to know if they have anything else interesting? The samples I received were some of their standard stock leathers (not impressive, but I'm sure they're durable for firefighters) and the brown and burgundy aniline, plus natural Chrome Mexcel.
I tend to prefer a 6" boot, and my sole of choice is the 430...generally with a natural sole edge. Will they do a block heel for you guys, or is that going to be a Vermillyea Pelle exclusive for a while?
6" (or 5") boot, brass eyelets and two top speed hooks, mid brown wax pull up leather, old-school leather reinforced toe box (not celastic- Nick says he's got it), single midsoles, regular height tapered heel with Dr Sole full cord heel caps, DR Sole full cord half soles, and double welt stitching. Done and Done
It's just too bad you couldn't be more specific.
I'm curious about the preference for a non-celastic toe.
Viberg had a sample of what they generally use that I was able to fondle look at and it seemed to be some kind of fibreglass-ish material.
Lol!!! I know, right?
To me it's about achieving the flatter toe profile; but SLOWLY, which is why my preference would be the leather material (think its plastic impregnated) instead of plastic. Will hold shape but over time will break down, eg old Wearmaster and RW ankle workbooks.
Like I'm here for a nobler reason.
If you're a smokejumper, you want soft toe for function. It can also be more comfortable (and is obviously easier to stretch if the fit sucks). Otherwise, the soft toe bandwagon of late is just for form
Whats the price difference of a pair of the new weekender nicks boots posted on the first page vs a pair of whites semi dress?
Anyone have any opinion on Nick's sizing? Roughly how do the lace-to-toe models fit compared to White's?
Also, is there a clear way to differentiate Contender and welted models? They don't seem to be named or designated any differently (and pretty much every single model I've seen on the internet so far appears to be a Contender McKay-construction one).
I think the HotShot and models based on them (ones that start with model 25xxx) are the welted models.
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