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Originally posted by Ishmael Ishmael wrote:

^^ Thanks Sardine. Part of the color shift has indeed been from sun tanning out on my balcony. Wish I tanned that well :)


Hello
You say you just put your shoes on your balcony and the color changes that way ? Is that it ?
Pretty cool ! I'll try that (well, in a few months whenever we'll see the sun again in Belgium lol)
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My new white's have arrived! 

I got these specifically for working in. I'm on my feet literally all day.  I love white's and they're great for standing and walking; and what's better than working in a pair of awesome shoes all day? 

they're a Smoke Jumper with the vibram 430 sole rather than the 100. So that technically makes them a lace to toe Farmer Rancher - but smoke jumper just sounds so much cooler so thats what I'll call them.

the smoke jumper last is a much better fit for my feet. its amazing the difference. 

this is them right out the box with my camp trousers.
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this is the next morning after greasin' them up with obenauf's last night. I really dig the darker color. the first picture makes them look a lot lighter than they really are. they're really not THAT much darker...but darker still. I'll take some proper pictures out in the sunlight once they dry up a little more. 

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Originally posted by erk erk wrote:

My new white's have arrived! 

the smoke jumper last is a much better fit for my feet. its amazing the difference. 


Could you elaborate on this? Curious. Presume you mean better than your sd's.

Thanks..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote erk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Nov 2013 at 9:41am
sure. 

I had a lot of trouble with the fit of my SDs. I guess I have a wide fore foot. So i had some discomfort on my big toe and my pinky toe. I ended up having to go a half size up in length, and one width down when I had them rebuilt. They also used a heavy fitting on the front of right boot to give me a little more space. 
you can see a slight difference in the shape of the boot on the right.

the smoke jumper last doesn't taper towards the front of the toe quite as dramatically as the SD last ( not that the SD last is even that pointy. the front of my feet is just a little big.) but they did end up using a heavy fitting on my smoke jumpers. just on the pinky toe side of both boots, but its not as big a difference because of the shape of the last. 

they also did a thing called a Grind and Ease on both boots. My fifth metatarsal sticks out on both feet (Some peoples feet do it, some dont ). So they kinda poke that area out with some sort of tool. its right where the heel counter attaches to the upper. On some people it can be bothersome and I am one of those people - so they did a G&E for me.  I'll see if I can show that when I take pics of the boots. 

Originally posted by pigswill pigswill wrote:

Originally posted by erk erk wrote:

My new white's have arrived! 

the smoke jumper last is a much better fit for my feet. its amazing the difference. 


Could you elaborate on this? Curious. Presume you mean better than your sd's.

Thanks..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hoggreaser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Nov 2013 at 9:48am
Thanks erk, actually that sounds very familiar to me! Most English shoes don't work for me as even the 'country collections' of Trickers, Cheaney etc are simply too tapered in the toe box. A wide fitting only increases the breadth across the ball, behind the metatarsals. I hate 'clipping'  - where the medial line (inside of the foot line) clips the big toe. It isn't particularly good for foot health either. My toes have a somewhat blockish finish with the big toe quite large - so far the Munson last has dealt with this most comfortably due to the broader deeper toe box yet fitted heel and waist (area across medial / lateral arches, underneath instep). 

Your smokejumpers / farmer ranchers look to be a really good foot shape, quite anatomically proportioned. Nice purchase!

..actually speaking of Munson last, would you say the SJ last is any way comparable to your wwii army service shoes?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote erk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Nov 2013 at 10:46am
the SJ last is much straighter than the munson last rough outs I have. I also find the munson last to be very comfortable though; and I 'd recommend it to anyone who seems to have similar problems with regular shaped shoes.

the other thing that I think helps is how deep the toe box is on the SJ. 


heres the promised pics. you can see the grind and ease area in the first pic.
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Gotcha. Thanks for the pics.
That is a serious pair of boots! Love the heel/ankle shape.
I can see why they'd need those speed hooks, should imagine that saves a bit of time when it comes to getting them off! 

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nice white's guys, I love the craftmanship, maybe one day I will own a beauty from them too.

If I had to choose only one boot out of my closet for the rest of my life it would be probably these ones.
the Viberg x VMC annies engineer in horsebutt on the 2030 last.



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New vintage boots!  Hy-Test Steel Toed work boots.  

 



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Retro-active Feet-Up-Friday post from last Friday while I was in NZ


Eventually the clouds gave way for a brief glimpse of the scenery


The Bounty Hunters took a pretty good beating from all the hiking:






A bit of TLC with some warm water, neutral shoe cream, and a horsehair brush:


And they're ready again for their next adventure!

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