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Wednesday
Nov302011

Viberg Old Oxford Two Tone Suede 

"This simple oxford is a brilliant combination of Two Tone Suede."

Viberg Boot is the definition of a family run factory. Every aspect within the business from the hand lasting, to constructing the uppers and stitching down the uppers to shipping & receiving- is completed by a member of the Viberg Boot family. The tiny factory that has been bustling along these last 40 years in the hundred year old building is in the heart of Canada's oldest Chinatown on Herald Street. The many corridors and walkways inside the factory are narrow and piled high with old machinery, Horween Leather, Brass Tacks, shelves filled with Vibram Soles and many more components, all waiting to be turned into a solid pair of long-lasting footwear.

The #145 Oxford is the perfect derby style shoe for the everyday guy. It can be combined with various items of clothing and looks equally superb with or without socks– the latter meant for the warmer months of course. The heavy duty midsole paired with the Christy Vibram makes a solid foundation for the hand sewn uppers to reside upon. One element I enjoy the most about these oxfords is that it has an unstructured toe which allows it to really take on the shape of the wearer. The roughness of the suede is another favorite element. It gives the appearance that they've already had some face time with the road and aren't fresh out of the box. Suede has a unique texture; the fibers move under the cuff of your trousers or denim leaving a direction of movement and an added element of interest.

This brings me to an important point on sizing. Since Ed Viberg immigrated from Sweden to Canada in 1914 at the age of 7, these Oxfords are not based on North American sizing but on UK sizing, a tradition since Ed Viberg first started making boots back in the 1930's in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. Today, if you want to find the true fit for your Viberg Oxford's, you need to size down one full size from your usual shoe size.

Details
• Vintage Tan Suede Quarters
• Mocha Suede Vamp & Counter
• Smooth Brown Leather Tongue
• 4014 Vibram White Christy Sole
• 110 Last
• Brass Eyelets
• Unstructured Toe (No Toe Box)
• Comes with Flat Wax Laces and Leather Laces
• Handmade here in Victoria BC, Canada

Currently Available in limited quantities in our shop.

CREDITS
• Article & Photography by Darian Hocking
• Viberg #145 Old Oxford Two Tone Suede worn by Caleb Beyers

LINKS
Viberg #145 Old Oxford Two Tone Suede
Caleb Beyers
Viberg

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