I hear BS all the time, but I will tell you that all rumors, whether fact or fable, should be put aside for a moment. From all interviews, write-ups, official and unofficial responses from Viberg (etc., etc), cordovan is something that they'd rather not work with. Cordovan boot construction cannot be implemented while the factory is in full production of non-shell boots. I've heard that Viberg yields experience and cordovan know how to the oligopoly, Alden and Allen Edmonds.
Fact: I've seen what's been made by everybody around the World for decades. I've seen processes change and quality diminish. He'll, I've seen entire industries crumble in towns and cities that were once thought to be the footwear hubs of the World.
With all the movement in the wrong direction, there has been little good news in terms of integrity and craftsmanship improving in mens footwear. Get ready, Folks. It's not going to happen overnight, but it will happen. Viberg is doing it right and honing their blades while the others get dull. This should be an exciting time for all who are interested in good people doing things the right way.
I don't believe i've ever seen anybody write so closely to Hunter Thompson's style on an online forum without the intention to do so.