Hey guys: I'm looking for some advice. I'm in the market for some boots. I started off checking out wolverine, red wings, etc and then moved up to Alden's various lines. Then I came across viberg. $700 seems pretty steep for boots but I know that with the price comes a high degree of quality. I also know that Alden also produces some high quality boots so my question for you all is why go for a pair of vibergs when a pair of Alden's can be $100 to $200 cheaper? Is it the viberg aesthetic? Is it something else? TIA
I have owned many pairs of both and if I had to explain the difference, I'd say that Alden's are like Cadillac's and Viberg's are like Bentley's. Both make nice boots, but the quality difference is apparent the very minute you hold them or compare them side by side. Viberg's are much more substantial, heavier, higher quality. I have found Alden's quality to be questionable these days. I ordered 4 pairs of Indy boots and had to send them all back for obvious flaws in stitching and construction. I'm pretty easy going - not too picky generally, but these were unacceptable at any price point and 4 out of 4...that's incredible to me. Quality control on their shoes seem to be much better than on their boots for some reason. Also, collaborations seem to have more attention to detail than their regular lines. On the other hand...I have owned at least 20 pairs of Viberg's over the past few years and every single pair was perfect. I know that there are some scattered complaints about quality written here, but I have never experienced any issues myself. As a side note, I do wonder if the increased demand on Viberg will result in more quality issues, but for now I can't say I've witnessed any.
I started out with Red Wings and eventually moved on to Alden's. From there I moved on to White's and from there to Viberg's. It has been hard for me to go back - I only want to wear Viberg's now and all the other brands that I own seem to sit in the closet. I do wear my White's occasionally and I will say...that company does amaze me. I can put in a custom order and within a month or two, they arrive at my doorstep. They are consistent in their delivery and consistent in their quality. They have a much larger operation than Viberg, but you'd be hard pressed to beat their efficiency and the ability to order a quality pair of boots to your specifications at that price point and in that delivery window. Still, I prefer Viberg and strongly believe that they are the best boots you can buy at any price point.
I hope this helps answer your question.