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post #1666 of 6554
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Originally Posted by rex555 View Post

Yeah I'm skeptical with foot tracings as well. Sent one in and was told size 8. I' m clearly not size 8 which I have subsequently been been able to verify by trying on different size Veberg boots.

 

Yes, there is no substitute for trying on...

post #1667 of 6554
The UK / US thing is admittedly very confusing. Our boots fit large, like most work boots do, but the lasts are made in USA and we are a Canadian company, so to say that they are UK sizes isn't exactly true. It was before my involvement with the company, but at some point our work boots were listed as UK in an effort to help people adjust for how large they are. In general our true industrial boots do feel larger than our casual offerings because of the lasts and structured (often steel) toe boxes. It's really just a matter of semantics. What's the difference between UK or a large fitting US last? Nobody calls Red Wing or Alden UK, but for most customers our boots fit the same. The real problem with this comparison is when people think they have to go another size down from an American boot brand because we're supposedly "UK". If i did that i wouldn't even be able to get my foot into the shoe.

I don't know if i'm just lucky or what, but the sizing has always been pretty straightforward for me. I measure about a 12 on the Brannock. I like my shoes to fit snug. I wear a 12 in Nike and most athletic shoes. I wear a 44 in Common Projects, W+H, and everything else on that sole. I wear an 11 in Red Wing, Clarks Desert Boots, Chucks and some Aldens i've tried on. I'm a spot on 11 in the 110 and would be fine with that size in pretty much any of our lasts. On the 2030 i prefer a 10.5 because my foot is narrow enough (not THAT narrow) to fill the last out and i actually like how it hugs my foot. I'm convinced that most people talking about how narrow the 2030 last is are actually more bothered by how shallow the toe box is. I can't think of another brand that offers such a pancaked last, with an unstructured toe and such heavy leather. It's a unique combination and it's probably not something you will have felt before when trying on a boot.

I wish the tracings were fool proof, but there is human error on the customer's side and ours. Many of the tracings we get are done so poorly they actually do more bad than good. Ideally we'd have a good tracing, as many comparisons to other brands as possible, your preference for how a boot should fit, etc. Even with all that information there is no substitution for trying on multiple sizes in person. The difference is literally millimetres between half sizes.
post #1668 of 6554
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Originally Posted by guyferguson View Post

The UK / US thing is admittedly very confusing. Our boots fit large, like most work boots do, but the lasts are made in USA and we are a Canadian company, so to say that they are UK sizes isn't exactly true. It was before my involvement with the company, but at some point our work boots were listed as UK in an effort to help people adjust for how large they are. In general our true industrial boots do feel larger than our casual offerings because of the lasts and structured (often steel) toe boxes. It's really just a matter of semantics. What's the difference between UK or a large fitting US last? Nobody calls Red Wing or Alden UK, but for most customers our boots fit the same. The real problem with this comparison is when people think they have to go another size down from an American boot brand because we're supposedly "UK". If i did that i wouldn't even be able to get my foot into the shoe.

I don't know if i'm just lucky or what, but the sizing has always been pretty straightforward for me. I measure about a 12 on the Brannock. I like my shoes to fit snug. I wear a 12 in Nike and most athletic shoes. I wear a 44 in Common Projects, W+H, and everything else on that sole. I wear an 11 in Red Wing, Clarks Desert Boots, Chucks and some Aldens i've tried on. I'm a spot on 11 in the 110 and would be fine with that size in pretty much any of our lasts. On the 2030 i prefer a 10.5 because my foot is narrow enough (not THAT narrow) to fill the last out and i actually like how it hugs my foot. I'm convinced that most people talking about how narrow the 2030 last is are actually more bothered by how shallow the toe box is. I can't think of another brand that offers such a pancaked last, with an unstructured toe and such heavy leather. It's a unique combination and it's probably not something you will have felt before when trying on a boot.

I wish the tracings were fool proof, but there is human error on the customer's side and ours. Many of the tracings we get are done so poorly they actually do more bad than good. Ideally we'd have a good tracing, as many comparisons to other brands as possible, your preference for how a boot should fit, etc. Even with all that information there is no substitution for trying on multiple sizes in person. The difference is literally millimetres between half sizes.

Thanks for sharing this info, Guy.

For anyone wanting to try something on, here is a link to Barney's selection of Viberg boots:

http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Search-Show?cgid=mens-shoes&prefn1=designer&prefv1=Viberg&pagetype=designer

Looks like they have a bunch of sizes available. I don't usually advocate the "purchase to try on" approach, but I think it may be helpful to those who are that serious about doing a MTO boot/shoe or ordering something from Viberg's web shop.
post #1669 of 6554
I realize this incessant sizing runaround stuff gets annoying but I gotta ask anyway -

So if I put in an order for a 9.5UK boot thru StyleForumMarketplace then want to try on the equivalent boot from Barneys I'd order the boot they have listed as "10.5 Medium US (43.5 EU 9.5 UK)" OR "9.5 Medium US (42.5 EU 8.5 UK)"?
post #1670 of 6554
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Originally Posted by xander_horst View Post

I realize this incessant sizing runaround stuff gets annoying but I gotta ask anyway -

So if I put in an order for a 9.5UK boot thru StyleForumMarketplace then want to try on the equivalent boot from Barneys I'd order the boot they have listed as "10.5 Medium US (43.5 EU 9.5 UK)" OR "9.5 Medium US (42.5 EU 8.5 UK)"?

Seriously, order them both. I find that Barneys has the worst (i.e. inconsistent) sizing protocols of all time. It's essentially a toss up. When you get the boots, look at the Viberg sizing, and go according to that.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #1671 of 6554
Seconding Fok's advice, Barneys are really confusing the issue. Order both, figure out your size, send back.
post #1672 of 6554
$1770-1930 is a ton of money for people to be dropping just to try on shoes
post #1673 of 6554
Christ, I only just clicked the link! Barneys are charging a hefty premium for Viberg…!

Still, unless something goes horribly wrong you'll be getting your money back no?
post #1674 of 6554

It costs you nothing really, mis-sizing your vibergs...now that costs you $$

post #1675 of 6554
I mean it's little risk as barneys is a big store and you shouldn't have issues

But still some risk like what if package lost / damaged and you get a stingy SA at barneys

Also depends on your available credit limit on you cc
post #1676 of 6554
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Originally Posted by guyferguson View Post

The UK / US thing is admittedly very confusing. Our boots fit large, like most work boots do, but the lasts are made in USA and we are a Canadian company, so to say that they are UK sizes isn't exactly true. It was before my involvement with the company, but at some point our work boots were listed as UK in an effort to help people adjust for how large they are. In general our true industrial boots do feel larger than our casual offerings because of the lasts and structured (often steel) toe boxes. It's really just a matter of semantics. What's the difference between UK or a large fitting US last? Nobody calls Red Wing or Alden UK, but for most customers our boots fit the same. The real problem with this comparison is when people think they have to go another size down from an American boot brand because we're supposedly "UK". If i did that i wouldn't even be able to get my foot into the shoe.

I always assumed the lasts were made in-house. Who's making the lasts?

post #1677 of 6554

Are the boots that are posted up on Viberg.com available to be shipped now if purchased? Or is there still a, like, 5 year wait time?

post #1678 of 6554
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Originally Posted by Royal42 View Post

Are the boots that are posted up on Viberg.com available to be shipped now if purchased? Or is there still a, like, 5 year wait time?

Generally available now

post #1679 of 6554

I just sent my tracings off to Morgan. I am really curious what he will recommend compared to what I am thinking

post #1680 of 6554
Re: 2030 last,

I found it to be pretty shallow in the toe box as has been described here. The breaking in process was a bit uncomfortable, I'm used to getting heel blisters on new footwear I walk too much in but a blister on top of the big toe was new to me. Now that they're broken in the toe box is extremely supple and the boot now conforms to everything from the ball of my foot to the tip of my toes. I'm not used to the leather of a toe box resting on top of my toes, but now it is extremely comfortable. It's so damn comfortable I want to call it a slipper boot.
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