When White’s Boots launched their Perry moc-toe boot a few years back, it very much felt like the Pacific Northwest’s answer to brands like Red Wing or Thorogood. Made with Seidel work leathers on White’s low-arch 1972 last, the Perry was otherwise built with similar components to its Midwest counterparts, and its competitive price reflected that. Since its introduction, the Perry has seen some minor variations, including an 8-inch model and a hybrid sole option.
Now that road forks a little harder as thanks to some serious component upgrades, the latest Perry is certainly what we’d consider to be the best yet.
The Perry Select—now available in both 6-inch and 8-inch variants—is made using upper leather from some of the more adventurous parts of Seidel’s catalog. That includes several colors of their Double Shot leather, a combination-tanned article that displays a significant degree of pull-up and will offer plenty of character as it wears in. There’s also Tobacco Stampede, an orange-brown oil-tan leather that holds up well to the elements and can take quite a beating.
Construction improvements lurk under the hood as well. While the original Perry is built with a composite-material shank, the Perry Select is made with a leather shank, much like White’s higher-end boots. Additionally, there’s now a leather heel counter instead of the original fiberboard counter, which will be more durable and mold quite well to the wearer’s feet. Otherwise, these models are made with the 1972 last like the original, and feature the same cushion-y Vibram Christy wedge sole.
The 6” Perry Select retails for $390, while the 8” model is a tad more, at $400. Both are available to ship immediately, with limited stock. Check out a video below of the Perry Select being made from start to finish: