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White's [Apr. 2nd, 2009|04:09 pm]
Economic Patriotism


Every year, the company gives me $110 towards a new pair of work boots.  I have abnormally narrow feet, and every year it seems that fewer and fewer boots are available in a B width.  In the past, I've always bought Red Wing boots, because they met my three requirements:  they lasted a long time, they were very comfortable, and they were made in the US.  Unfortunately for Red Wing, they have recently failed two of my three requirements.  The boots I used to buy almost annually are no longer available in B width.  Not only that, but they are now made in China.  Congratulations, Red Wing, you just lost one of your best customers.

It was time to come up with a contingency plan. 

I've always wanted a pair of White's boots.  White's are like the Cadillac Eldorado Rolls-Royce of work boots; there is no finer work boot in the world, period.  They have been hand-made in Spokane, Washington for over 100 years, and they still are today.  So I went to the shoe store, got measured and sized, and dropped $407 on a pair of White's boots.  Fuckin' A, Ray.  I would rather spend $400 on an American-made boot than spend $40 on a Chinese one, anyway.

I've been wearing them for two weeks now, and I can say definitively that these are the best boots I've ever worn.  They are comfortable, and extremely well put together.  Everything I've ever heard about them is true, except for the part about them being difficult to break in.  I seem to have the same type of foot that they modeled their boot after, so there was virtually no break-in required.  I've been walking along the ballast line at work (lots of loose rocks and generally poor footing) all week, and at the end of the day my feet don't hurt a bit.  I couldn't say that about my old Red Wings, even after they were well broken in. 

If you've ever been on the fence as to whether or not to try a pair of White's, I say go for it.  They are worth every cent.