White's Semi-dress Boots..

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Doug C, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. 4spurs

    4spurs One of the Regulars

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    I have no way of knowing as I have never picked up a pair of Smokejumpers that only had a leather midsole and were 6".
     
  2. Harry Morgan

    Harry Morgan New in Town

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    That's funny, the weight of boots has never bothered me in the least. I wear one of two pairs of White's hunters daily and have done for 15 years now.... perhaps I'm just used to it.

    For trail hiking they do just fine, like every other boot that fits (my opinion only). For bushwhacking they have some advantages and a drawback that is usually not a problem. The two big advantages are, first, the conforming fit keeps you foot from sliding forward when walking down a steep slope (as in steeper than the worst trail) - keeps your toes from being uncomfortably squished. Second is the tall heel tends to dig into the soil of a loose slope and grip slightly better. When I did geologic and surveying field work, I would have loved a pair of these boots, but I didn't even know they existed and wore Redwings (also a fine boot but tend to fit loose in the wide sizes, or at least mine did).

    The drawback is that heel - it gets caught a little when (if) you're having to walk through dense brush and have to step on a lot of branches.
     
  3. 1911 Man

    1911 Man A-List Customer

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    Yes, both of mine are 6" with a single leather midsole. I love them for general walking, but they are heavy. By the end of a long day with lots of walking (like a day at Disneyland) I long for a pair of sneakers. They are great boots, very well made, and durable, but unless your "hikes" are an hour long stroll on a groomed path, they would be too heavy imho.
     
  4. Steven.barrus@gmail.com

    Steven.barrus@gmail.com New in Town

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    image.jpeg Just won a great pair of whites packers on eBay. I can't wait to get them. This will be my third pair. Watch eBay Whites keeps a presence there for an excellent price. These were 400.00.
    • White's Boots All Leather Legend
    • Dress Packer boots
    • Medium Brown Caiman vamp, backstay and counter pocket
    • Sienna Water Buffalo Quarters
    • Wing Stitching
    • Leather Lined
    • 10" height
    • Mini vibe sole
     
  5. mihai

    mihai One of the Regulars

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    I like these heritage work boots. I have a pair of Red Wing Iron ranger boots and recently found White's boots. Truly impressed. The price is not that prohibitive for me like Viberg for example.
    Found 2 White's pairs my size on eBay store 'whitesriver'. I messaged asking about the insole length but I did not get any reply. Do they usually answer?
    Too bad. Online shopping is inherently difficult. Not providing enough info isn't going to help either. I just can not justify paying 350$ without knowing they roughly fit.
     
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  6. 4spurs

    4spurs One of the Regulars

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    Well, if this is any help, I wear a size 9.5 D Redwing, and a 9.5 D White's and a 9.5 D Frye.
     
  7. mihai

    mihai One of the Regulars

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    Thanks a lot for the info!
    9.5D is actually my size in Red Wings too. :) Now I'm more confident.

    Do you happen to know if going to E(wide) would be just right for adding a cushioning insole (I have the Redwing insoles)?
     
  8. 4spurs

    4spurs One of the Regulars

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    You won't need to go an extra size wide. I wear a superfeet innersole in mine, the one made for cowboy boots, it's a yellow color. It fits perfectly, and it eliminated the arch problem that new wearers of White's often have a problem getting adjusting to.

    Originally I ordered a pair in E width thinking that I might need the extra width; not so. I sold them on eBay, and ordered my regular width D and that was the correct width.
     
  9. Neognosis

    Neognosis New in Town

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  10. AdeeC

    AdeeC Practically Family

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    Amazing the popularity and the infinite varieties and options of the Semi Dress now available. I remember when they were an archaic footnote in their catalog available in one CXL style with a choice of single or double leather sole and only on special order. I still own an original single sole pair.
     
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  11. Stringmaster

    Stringmaster One of the Regulars

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    Thinking about ordering a pair of Semi-Dress Whites. Are there advantages/disadvantages to ordering from Baker's vs direct from Whites? Also, I'm not wanting a super heavy duty boot--want a lighter weight build for casual wear. What specs would you recommend to get the weight/clunkiness down, or should I look elsewhere? I do have a pair of Wolverine 2000 Mile boots and looking for something in that range.
    Thx
     
  12. AdeeC

    AdeeC Practically Family

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    I suggest you go for the single leather sole option. I have two pairs of Drew’s cascade ranchers made by Whites. One pair single leather sole and the other with Vibram soles. The difference in weight is remarkable. The leather sole is miles lighter and the thinness negates the clunky appearance, stiffness and hence more comfortable. My Whites Semi Dress are also single leather sole and light and elegant in appearance and wearability. The single leather sole is perfect for your needs IMO. The original Semi Dress was supposed to be a lighter less heavy duty boot.
     
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  13. andy b.

    andy b. One of the Regulars

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    Stringmaster,

    If you just want a standard build, you can go through White's. For anything custom it is easier to go through Baker's. There is no advantage in going through White's.

    Andy B
     
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  14. trapp

    trapp Practically Family

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    Resurrecting this thread to ask if any SD owners have ever switched out their standard ('cuban') heel for a block heel, and if so, who you had do the work.

    I'm a long term SD wearer (and lover) and have the SD in a variety of leathers, but all in the standard heel. I'd like to get a a block heel and see how it feels.

    Thanks in advance. Any thoughts or comments on the block heel are welcome.
     
  15. bluesmandan

    bluesmandan A-List Customer

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    I only have the standard but I have thought about a block rubber heel. It would give it more shock absorption, making it better for walking, I think.


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