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post #1486 of 4567
Great last few posts guys.

it would really help if, like Fok, people posted comparisons between brands and fits.

For example, I've recently received my pair of 2030s in Iced Mocha, bought a 9.5.

I wear a 9.5 also on the Alden Trubalance last, a 43 Common Projects Achilles, a 10.5 Converse.

It's definitely taking me a bit to break in the 2030s in 9.5, but I think I do have the kind of foot for them; thin and long.

Still, they are definitely going to take a while to break in, and some discomfort to my larger left foot (hopefully they'll stretch out!).

I'd definitely be up for other lasts, but I'm completely ignorant, would be great for some of the more erudite Viberg owners here could offer their 2 cents, as urbanwoodsman and esqblackbook have done.
post #1487 of 4567
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Originally Posted by esqblackbook View Post

Very cool of LA Guy to take the time to take the lead on these MTO's. that being said, it's important that everybody understand the 2030. I do not mean to rain on parades. I just don't want everybody to make the mistake that I made and order a new boot in the 2030 with inaccurate sizing and false expectations. Vibergs are my favorite boots, but they are work boots. Please read below before sizing/ordering.

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.

 

Hey man, was your Viberg in the 2030 a D or E width?  During my MTO discussion w/ Morgan, he says they don't do the 2030 in D, just E.  Curious if yours was a D and getting an E would alleviate some of the issues.

post #1488 of 4567
I think that if the E width is available in the 2030, that we'd definitely do for that. It's probably going to make a better fit for a lot of people.

Incidentally, in the poll, the "distressing" for the excavated boot can be optional. It could also be bought purely as a pure black, slim, boot. I personally think that the distressing is cool, but in case we do the first "Standard" boot with a dainite sole and a natural welt, and you are looking for pure black boot on a leather sole, that boot, undistressed, might be a good option for you.

I know that I just broke my first rule, but let's keep the discussion of specific, proposed makeups on the MTO thread: http://www.styleforum.net/t/358489/styleforummarket-viberg-x-styleforum-mto-orders-the-inaugural-edition/0_50
a consolidated discussion of options is a lot easier to follow and keep track/abreast of.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #1489 of 4567
Does viberg have a brown leather with reddish tones, would be interested in an color similar to the 403 Indy but preferably not CXL
post #1490 of 4567
2045! 2045!
post #1491 of 4567
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Originally Posted by Finn666 View Post

btw. wouldn't the 110 last be an option for voting? just for those that can't really fit the 2030 cuz of their wide ass feet (such as me)? smile.gif

+1

I'd like to see something WAF folks could wear..........
post #1492 of 4567
2030 was an E width. I don't mean to sound racist, but I think that the Japanese market tends to have smaller and more narrow feet. This may be the reason why these boots have been so popular. I have a normal foot and I am an 8 medium in Trickers and a 9D in the Alden Barrie. I wear a 9 in the 2045 and an 8.5-9 in the 2030, but the 2030 is incredibly uncomfortable and unless your foot is very small, the toe box will crease and indent I stead of keeping its shape. I like the 2045

2045 - Below!



post #1493 of 4567
Anytime you find yourself about to start a sentence by saying, "I don't mean to sound racist, but..." you should probably just stay quiet
post #1494 of 4567
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Originally Posted by esqblackbook View Post

2030 was an E width. I don't mean to sound racist, but I think that the Japanese market tends to have smaller and more narrow feet. This may be the reason why these boots have been so popular. I have a normal foot and I am an 8 medium in Trickers and a 9D in the Alden Barrie. I wear a 9 in the 2045 and an 8.5-9 in the 2030, but the 2030 is incredibly uncomfortable and unless your foot is very small, the toe box will crease and indent I stead of keeping its shape. I like the 2045

2045 - Below!



Japanese have wider & smaller feet indeed.

When Japanese custom-order shoes, they generally tend to go with EE(very wide), which I think is 110 last in Viberg.

post #1495 of 4567
It's not racist to say that Japanese are more diminutive than Americans on average.
On average, they are. Is every one? Of course not.
post #1496 of 4567
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Originally Posted by meso View Post

It's not racist to say that Japanese are more diminutive than Americans on average.
On average, they are. Is every one? Of course not.

Yeah most asian stores only stock up to 42.5, can't think of how many times I was in isetan or another store and couldn't even try on shoes
post #1497 of 4567

It's true, most Japanese companies make shoes up to size 10 / 28 cm at largest.  The average is in the 7-9 range.  It's practically impossible for me to find my size (10.5-11.5, depending on what shoe/boot we're talking about) in Japan.

post #1498 of 4567
Re. the 2045 last, but if there are 4 takers for any shoe, put your ayes in here. I think that we will finish put with the poll that the have ongoing first, and then move onto another poll, but I am definitely taking notes.

I personally really like the more traditional, rounded toe 110 last (it is an EEE last, fwiw. This from Guy this afternoon), and like the unconstructed toe, and my second choice would be the 2040 last for a lower profile boot, but I'm open to any ideas that have some traction.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #1499 of 4567
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Either looks amazing. Were you thinking these colors as well?
post #1500 of 4567
With all the furore around the 2030 (and I'd definitely be up for purchasing boots on a different last), I thought it might be useful, instead of posting just comparative brand sizes you wear, to post measurements of your largest foot and the Viberg size you are comfortable in.

So for example my largest foot (left) measures 28.5cm in length and 10.8cm in width, and after a few days of breaking in I'm finding the 2030 last on a 9.5 fits quite well.

A caveat is that I like my boots tight, and wear medium thickness socks at the very most, normally thinner socks due to the warmth in Australia.
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