Were 15ss Virgils on the narrower last? I was surprised mine fit so snugly (more snug than my Brigs in the same size). Haven't really worn them yet. Tempted to flip and get 7 holes.
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they don't cost twice as much unless you pay via us webstore. depending on leather, the other variable is that all of the ict virgils are soaked in iron rich mud for 30 days with other things (I think metals for rust / oxidation) which give a strong patina to the leather. In addition some of them are distressed so you may see pitting or surface wear. The patch is also indigo fabric, although it doesnt factor into the cost. The main driver is the distressing that is done to the boots. IMO they can look "okay" but I sold my ICT virgils because they are weakened after soaking / distressing process. The sole tends to separate fairly easily because they glue the sole and water from soaking causes it to separate a bit. On paper it's cool, but in reality kinda lacking.
I always like how the ICT boots look though.
There's definitely ways of doing similar distressing without comprising the integrity of the shoe itself. Just needs to be tested some.
On another note, those Brigs from this season, were they just released in Japan? I'm starting to think no one in the US ordered them or was able to get a hold of them and I'm becoming more and more bummed I missed out.
The ICT version doesn't sound like it's worth the extra price then. I don't think one could tell the difference with the patina of normal visvim ver and the ICT ver once they are both worn in, asides the laces and the small tag differences.
Conversation Topic: Does anyone use they're visvim boots outside of city living (say for hiking, or similar stuff)?
I was scared to use my Scripturas folks because of the painted finish, but I recently noticed the tongue is sewn to the leather liner where the laces are, which seem like a water proofing feature. That Plus the lug sole seems to indicate theyd be decent for hiking.
Here are Ruco`s scriptura after 15 miles trek
Edited by Emixam - 4/19/16 at 5:27pm