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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4335 on: December 08, 2020, 08:55:59 am »

Fun fact - in my younger days (25 years + ago) when I worked as a journeyman lineman, I climbed in Wesco Highliner's.  Best work boots I ever owned and still have them sitting in my gear bag.  I've thought about having them refurbished for nostalgic value.  Just might do that some day and post some before and after shots. 

Even though I've long since left field work for office life, I still enjoy wearing work boots.  The above pair is my third purchase in the last year and I just placed an order for a fourth.

I love the burlap... love how it ages too. I enjoy the way the stitching stands out on yours. The detail and complexity really stands out.

Getting your highliners re-furbed sounds like a brilliant idea. Maybe make som changes so they can be better used in "civilian" life?

My collection of Wesco's is also growing fat and bloated. I just ordered my latest pair of Boss. Deets later on.
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« Reply #4336 on: December 08, 2020, 09:09:14 am »
I ordered another pair yesterday:

+9109 Last
  +Single-Tone:Brown Chrome excel
  +12" Height
  +100
  +Do Not Ink Soles and Heels
  +Standard Heel Height
  +Pull Straps
  +No Instep Straps
  +Lightweight Brown Upper Stitching
  +3 Rows Stitching on Vamps & Counters
  +White Outsole Stitching
  +Random Leather Insert
  +Half Slips

I love my "wellington boots"

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And they are great on shingle, sand and hard rock - which is what I am walking on when fishing in the summer, but they are rubbish on wet muddy slopes, which is what I normally fish on in the winter, so these will be by winter wellies....
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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4337 on: December 08, 2020, 09:16:47 am »
Giles, Looking forward to pics when they arrive.

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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4338 on: December 11, 2020, 07:38:12 am »
Conditioned my Hendriks and swapped out the laces tonight. The Brown Domain leather really cleans up nice.

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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4339 on: December 17, 2020, 02:07:29 am »
Straight off the cobblers shelf...
These things were burgundy at one point..






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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4340 on: December 17, 2020, 02:47:50 pm »
those are great. I think i could use a pair of Romeo's in my life.
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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4341 on: December 17, 2020, 08:51:13 pm »
I just registered on this forum lastnight for two reasons, mainly.  One, to thank all the contributors here for the wealth of information on Wescos. And two, share my experience finding the perfect fit this week.

My intention was to order a custom boot with a custom size form, but was dreading the long wait and kicking myself for not figuring this out during the summer.  I was initially thinking a custom Warren or a Jobmaster either 8” or 10” in height. 

Beyond this forum, the Wesco Japan blog was a crucial resource in understanding the different custom options.  Along the way, I learned that Baker’s in Eugene had a Romeo with MP toe that might be my size.  I also had been considering making the drive to Eugene to help get sizing info that would allow me to pick a chart size and save the custom fitting fee.

This little trip (socially distanced, of course) turned out to be the right move, but not because the Romeos.  The 10.5E MP toe Romeos were much heavier than I expected, and I had too much heel slip walking around the store.  Ben, the gracious Baker’s employee assisting me, explained that as the sides around the instep stretch the leather at the toe gets pulled back which helps eliminate heel slip once broken in.

I asked if they had a jobmaster or any other Wescos that I could try to get a better feel for sizing and last differences.  He brought out two different engineer boots — a brown Mister Lou and a black roughout boss.  To my surprise, the upper was so narrow on both that I couldn’t get my heel seated completely.  At this point, I really wanted to try on a lace-up Wesco, but Baker’s didn’t have any.  That is until Ben checked in the back a third time — and I’m honestly still in shock about what he found.

He brought out a 10E Warren in black horsehide that a customer had custom ordered back in June through Baker’s in Eugene, but then refused them upon delivery.  Kyle explained that it put them in a bind since they couldn’t return it to Wesco.  Plus, after looking at my tracings and measurements he said they are my exact size. 

I’m thrilled to have found these after making the trip to Baker’s.  They’re almost exactly like a limited edition Warren the Japanese Wesco store has for sale on their website.  However, the stamped logo on these is different and Ben at Baker’s said it is the vintage Wesco logo that is no longer used.  I’ve included a few photos "DEF526C5-BD83-42D9-B287-84FE9128E428.jpeg""C2FBF8AB-5A69-4204-AC06-8698729F28BB.jpeg""4EBEBA09-64FF-45E7-AD8C-347B582C5A3B.jpeg" of the Japanese store limited model it resembles.

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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4342 on: December 17, 2020, 08:53:36 pm »
What an amazing story and glorious looking boots!!!

Also, awesome handle name :)


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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4343 on: December 17, 2020, 08:59:30 pm »
What an amazing story and glorious looking boots!!!

Also, awesome handle name :)


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Thanks buddy, I’m still in disbelief how it all went down

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« Reply #4344 on: December 17, 2020, 09:34:21 pm »
What an amazing story and glorious looking boots!!!

Seconded - it is amazing how this worked out for you @Giallo Biafra buddy, totally unexpected and absolutely perfect. Bravo 👍

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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4345 on: December 17, 2020, 09:41:04 pm »
What an amazing story and glorious looking boots!!!

Also, awesome handle name :)


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Thanks buddy, I’m still in disbelief how it all went down

Sounds like it was meant to be!! Nice pick up, welcome to the forum BTW!!
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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4346 on: December 17, 2020, 09:48:07 pm »
Awesome boots and story to go with them. You need to go out and buy a lottery ticket.

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« Reply #4347 on: December 17, 2020, 09:55:51 pm »
Awesome boots and story to go with them. You need to go out and buy a lottery ticket.

hahahaha

at this point it’s been spades for two days straight

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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4348 on: December 18, 2020, 05:30:17 am »
I want to send Wesco a photocopy of the original order form that was in the shoebox, in order to know the exact specs - but this is my best guess:

Custom Warren 10E

8” height
black horsehide
MP toe (MP95 last)**
unstructured/soft toe
unlined
vibram 700
single midsole
waxed heels and edges
standard height heels
brown lightweight upper stitching
whight heavyweight double outsole stitching
brass eyelits/hooks
nylon laces
brown (or random) inserts
no toe caps
no half slip
no welder’s tongue
*request old logo stamp


** I’m honestly not sure on the last or toe.  Maybe it is a round toe, either way I’ll see if I can get the original order specs placed back in June
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Re: WESCO
« Reply #4349 on: December 18, 2020, 08:26:00 am »
Excellent find!.. Dat waxed ass

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