Originally Posted by esqblackbook
First, the 2030 is either a half size smaller or TTS to your normal US sizing. To size your boots as if Viberg sizing in the 2030 is the same as UK sizing will get you a shoe that is too small. When Leffot did the shell #8 Service Boot, everybody pre-ordered in a full size smaller than their US sizing and Leffot had to re-size every order due to the last.
Prior to the Leffot boot, I had ordered a shell boot from Viberg in a 2030 and that boot too was too narrow, too small and had too little room in the toe box
Not sure if you guys have tried on a 2030, but it's very narrow. You might want to make sure that they fit before throwing down a non-refundable deposit. I am a D width in Alden and and M in Trickers and the 2030 (as is) is too narrow and too low for my feet, which are on the narrower side of a D width. I am not a fan of a sprung toe or an over-accentuated toe box, but the Viberg 2030 , although sleek when new, is a bit tricky. Because it is unlined and the toe is very flat, the boot will quickly soften up and it will take on a broken in look. I like this look for many of my boots, but after reading many of the entries here, it appears that people want the 2030 and these make-ups because they are sleeker and more elegant than the other lasts.
Similar lasts (and even more sleek last like the Plaza) in Alden have a reinforced toe box. Without the reinforcement, the toe box tends to indent and very quickly, the elegance of the narrow boot disappears and the other Viberg lasts, which seem more casual and wide when new (2040, 2045), all of a sudden in time and with use, appear far more structured and less worn than the 2030.
As far as leathers, I would go with Horween Chromexcel or Calf. Horsehide boots are very nice and durable, but probably not what you want if you want sleek or refined. Cordovan is too hard to get from Viberg and very expensive.
I would just order a boot in a non-French calf if you really want to get a black boot. French Calf is a beautiful leather, but is expensive and, in my opinion, it makes little sense to get a black boot in a fine leather whose beauty is really only apparent in lighter colors.
If you can try on a 2030, do yourself a favor and get your sizing right. As far as the other options (other than material), go with what you want. I would avoid fancy leathers (French Calf, Horsehide, Kangaroo and Cordovan) if you are getting a black boot, but that's just me.
I am pretty sure that the 2045, 2040 or 110 are the boots that would appeal/fit the most and that the 2030 is the one last that is far too narrow for most people. Like others, I agree that any MTO through Styleforum should be on a different last.