Originally Posted by BootSpell
Thanks for sharing. I also have the Trench boots, but plain toe, and really like them. I'm curious about the Vibergs. Do you like them? How's the fit and comfort compared to the OSB Trench boot?
Well, both are pretty new to me, so it's hard to make final judgments, but first impressions: The Vibergs are a much heavier boot. They have a steel shank, double leather sole, stacked leather heel, double-stitched welt, who knows what else... And the leather is a thick and really incredibly rich horsehide (pics don't do justice). So they certainly seem like a far sturdier boot, and I'd be surprised if they didn't outlast the Trenches by many years. I know, I love the Trenches too, but this just seems obvious when you hold and look at each boot.
BUT, the Vibergs are taking a long time to break in and get comfortable, which is the trade-off I guess. They have a lot more support than the Trenches (and I have a high arch) so standing in them for long periods will I think be better. But the Trenches, with the softer CXL and lighter overall build, are much more comfortable right out of the box, and they seem more comfortable for walking in. The higher heel of the Vibergs (like White's Boots) takes some getting used to for walking.
So, very different boots. I love the Trenches too, but I guess I have to say that the Vibergs feel like the highest quality boot I have ever seen. (I've either owned or tried on over the years Chippewas, Wolverines, Red Wings, Aldens, etc.) Of course, the Vibergs don't come cheap either...