Originally Posted by Understatesman
MTO black oil tan Service Boots arrived today. Black stitching, Cat's Paw heal and Vibram sole. Unstructured toe. Straight toe cap. No ankle band.
It's a very flexible leather with more sheen than I thought... Loving the smooth stepping/rolling the sole gives. With the Dainites, I can feel each little nub as it hits the ground unforgivingly.
Now to decide which to keep (3Sixteen's Stealth boot vs. MTO) and which to give to my brother. More than likely keeping the MTO - I prefer less eyeholes to mess with and a more streamlined toe.
So I ended up deciding to keep the 3sixteen Stealth boots. At the end of the day, they are what I consider the perfect boot. Dressy if need be, great sheen, good, not-too-high toe box, nice little details on the brogue toe and the cap toe length is "just right" in proportion to the rest of the boot. And sturdy as hell. Their proneness to show wear has grown on me as well, revealing the "down and dirty" side these puppies are capable of taking.
Now a new dilemma, since these are a limited run type thing I was wondering about picking up a second pair and tucking them away in my closet. They still have a few pairs in my size left on their site. But I can't predict how long these current ones I'm wearing will hold up with proper maintenance - that I'd hate to tie money up like that. But with Viberg stopping the MTOs and not really known for replenishing previous designs, I'd hate to miss them one day and have to settle for a lesser variation (no brogue cap toe, raw leather edges).
Has anyone loved a pair of Vibergs so much they've bought a spare pair just to store away for the future?
And a second question, lately I've been wearing a lot of grey and black jeans with the boots along with a brown chromexcel belt. My thinking is that the belt picks up the brown colors from the outsoles of the boots. Add in a brown strapped watch to help the effect. This is passable, right?