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post #2896 of 5415

They are two of the highest regarded workboot/newly-fashion-conscious makers.

Viberg and White's that is.

post #2897 of 5415
I've heard shell is kind of a pain to work with. I have called White's and asked them to do things that when they said no, their reason was basically that it was a pain to do it. I used to work for a company that on occasion made special runs of product. It became such a pain in the ass that we eventually tried to exit the market. Our strategy was instead of saying "No", we would just keep raising the price. Amazingly, there were still customers that would pay what we considered outlandish amounts for us to manufacture something that should have cost much less than we charged, but we added the "pain in the ass" surcharge. Perhaps White's has the same philosophy regarding working with shell? If it was my company, that is what I would do to limit the requests for it instead of just saying no.
post #2898 of 5415
Viberg has indicated that working with shell takes a long time to recalibrate machines, in which case there is labor and pain in the ass involved.
post #2899 of 5415
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Originally Posted by ojaw View Post
 

They are two of the highest regarded workboot/newly-fashion-conscious makers.

Viberg and White's that is.

Except that Viberg has a ridiculous markup across all their shoes, whereas White's only has it on shell models, because as previously mentioned, shell is a pain in the ass.

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Originally Posted by anrobit View Post
 

Except that Viberg has a ridiculous markup across all their shoes, whereas White's only has it on shell models, because as previously mentioned, shell is a pain in the ass.

not to go too far off track but do you own any Vibergs? I own many shoes from many different manufacturers and feel they are a fair value 

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as i owned both brands i can certainly say that Viberg are cleaner and more attentive to details than White's in terms of craftmanship its evident on the stitching and even on the leather insoles but their materials are equal as they mostly sourced it with the same leather manufacturers. Well, for the price difference its your choice to decide. Right now i am waiting for this!!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by ben2t View Post

as i owned both brands i can certainly say that Viberg are cleaner and more attentive to details than White's in terms of craftmanship its evident on the stitching and even on the leather insoles but their materials are equal as they mostly sourced it with the same leather manufacturers. Well, for the price difference its your choice to decide. Right now i am waiting for this!!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

The stitching is much cleaner on Vibergs, specifically on the soles. Viberg also seems to stitch each row independently, which I think looks a bit better.

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post
 

not to go too far off track but do you own any Vibergs? I own many shoes from many different manufacturers and feel they are a fair value 

I will admit that I do not, but it's in the works despite my complaining about ridiculous markups.

 

Perhaps you and I are different. I too have owned a variety of different manufacturers and do not consider them all fair value (Alden and OSB are the first to come to mind). I have difficulty imagining that I will ever consider a $700+ non-shell boot fair value unless it's Vass

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Originally Posted by anrobit View Post
 

I will admit that I do not, but it's in the works despite my complaining about ridiculous markups.

 

Perhaps you and I are different. I too have owned a variety of different manufacturers and do not consider them all fair value (Alden and OSB are the first to come to mind). I have difficulty imagining that I will ever consider a $700+ non-shell boot fair value unless it's Vass

If you're willing to spend over $700 on their boots, then Viberg has done something to justify their "ridiculous markup."

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Originally Posted by misterjuiceman View Post
 

If you're willing to spend over $700 on their boots, then Viberg has done something to justify their "ridiculous markup."

I doubt that it's quality wise though, and I'm not sure if I'll purchase at retail. The only reason is their slim lasts

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I think its really hard to make a fair comparison in boots between dress boot manufacturers (Alden's, Trickers, OSB) and work boot manufacturers (White's, Viberg, Wesco). It's like apples and oranges

That said, I think you get a hell of a lot more for your buck out of a work boot than you do a dress boot at the same pricepoint. But, I'm sporting my Alden shell to the office not my White's. To me there's an absolute reason and place for both. Alden's cost more than OSB because they're nicer (IMO). Same thing for Viberg over White's.
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Originally Posted by misterjuiceman View Post

If you're willing to spend over $700 on their boots, then Viberg has done something to justify their "ridiculous markup."

Yes, they have a small operation and a lot of people want them.
post #2908 of 5415

my classic White's!

post #2909 of 5415
Ben, lookin good bro!
post #2910 of 5415
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Originally Posted by b-ewing View Post

I think its really hard to make a fair comparison in boots between dress boot manufacturers (Alden's, Trickers, OSB) and work boot manufacturers (White's, Viberg, Wesco). It's like apples and oranges

That said, I think you get a hell of a lot more for your buck out of a work boot than you do a dress boot at the same pricepoint. But, I'm sporting my Alden shell to the office not my White's. To me there's an absolute reason and place for both. Alden's cost more than OSB because they're nicer (IMO). Same thing for Viberg over White's.

I think linafelt's post does a really great job of showing that difference:

 

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Originally Posted by linafelt View Post
 

Some White's / Viberg comparison pics. I would say that Viberg clearly wins on quality and craftsmanship (check out the welt pics), but I find White's more comfortable..

 

 

 

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