Custom Viberg Service Boot

Back in the spring, I decided to have a pair of custom Viberg Boots made for myself. This is never an easy task as there are so many options to consider regarding not only the components to the boot, shoe, which leather you'll go with, but even just choosing the model can be a challenge. Especially when Viberg makes some incredible footwear options. I was torn between the #145 Oxford and this Servicemen Boot but ended up with the Service Boot for my first custom pair. I also knew I wanted to test them out for the last 8-9 months, to properly show how they've worn in.

It's important to note, as I've discussed before, Viberg has over 218 steps start to finish with constructing one single pair. Using only the finest components they find today combined with some they've been using for decades, the construction method is either a nail down or stitch down method. They don't make any welted footwear in their Victoria factory.

Welted footwear is an entirely different method, used almost exclusively for speed and to make the shoe itself lightweight. In comparison, Viberg Boots are dense and heavy but able to stand up to anything you can possibly put them through. So far, these boots have withstood torrential downpours, trekking around a few mountains in the summer as well as just being a go-to for my daily grind.

There's something so perfect about the richness of this harness brown leather. I'm actually quite sad that they no longer have any of it left. It pairs well with different denim and trousers and they become more comfortable each time I wear them. They've also beautifully taken on the shape of my feet, the wear marks and scuffs. I'm so pleased with these Service Boots and I'm looking forward to making another pair or two for myself and our shop.

• 1950 Serviceman Boot
• Harness Leather Upper
• Natural Welt Midsole
• 4014 White Christy Sole
• Solid Brass Eyelets
• Rawhide Laces
• Brown Leather Tongue
• Brass Tacks
• Heavy Waxed Nylon Thread
• Hand Made in Victoria BC

• Article & Photography by Darian Hocking

Viberg Boot

Reader Comments (4)

Is it possible to order this exact pair? They're great. Thanks for the info

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElliott

This is a worthy investment. Getting custom shoes is something that's never occurred to me. I'm such a fan of broken in leather and you mentioned you are as well; were you worried that you might not like them once they were broken in? Leather can be so different pre and post wear.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Can you order this exact boot?

March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJose

You can try contacting the factory directly to inquire:

March 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterDarian Hocking

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