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Cigar Pitt Boot = Unicorn

post #94397 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post
 

I do like these but don't get why they are over $700 in Calf?

+1

 

My exact thoughts. I was able to get black cxl, with vibram 430 sole, medallion cap, pull tabs, yada yada, for less than $500 from White's. Vibergs look fantastic but shell prices for black cxl seems steep.

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Cigar Pitt Boot = Unicorn

This makes me sad.

post #94398 of 122416

Ha. You guys should see Viberg's shell prices...their boots are amazing though. However, after owning several (and selling them all) I have concluded there is no way they are $300 better than Alden (they used to be cheaper before blowing up 2-3 years ago). Alden is a bit more conservative in their stylings so that might be why Viberg can appeal to a broader spectrum of consumers. 

post #94399 of 122416

This is my grail. Seems recent cigar is truly way darker. Would give a testie for these:

 

post #94400 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Aviv View Post
 

This is my grail. Seems recent cigar is truly way darker. Would give a testie for these:

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Those are my dream boots as well.  Although newer cigar is darker, these pair seem "aged" so I bet they were darker to begin with.  Beautiful boot.

post #94401 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


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nephew, these shoes are not Rembrandt's or Van Gogh's, I feel confident to say that in time in the future you will have the opportunity to acquire the shoes of your dream. Come to think about it even painting of these artist come on the market

Thank you Uncle as always for your perspective. 

post #94402 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I do like these but don't get why they are over $700 in Calf?

Alden calf/cxl/suede boots range between $540 to $610 nowadays. Vibergs are imported (made in Canada), which I guess adds some to the price. Having owned Viberg, I would say the build quality is measurably above Alden for casual boots. That implies a price in the high $600 / low $700s on a purely relative basis. I'm not sure if purely casual boots are worth $700 on an absolute basis, but others clearly disagree. The $1,100 cordovan boots are even more of an issue.
post #94403 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Alden calf/cxl/suede boots range between $540 to $610 nowadays. Vibergs are imported (made in Canada), which I guess adds some to the price. Having owned Viberg, I would say the build quality is measurably above Alden for casual boots. That implies a price in the high $600 / low $700s on a purely relative basis. I'm not sure if purely casual boots are worth $700 on an absolute basis, but others clearly disagree. The $1,100 cordovan boots are even more of an issue.

Alcibiades - A question on your point about the superior build quality of Vibergs as casual boots: I do not/have not owned Vibergs, but I do own both casual and dress Alden shoes/boots. It strikes me that even Alden's casual boots are really built more as dress boots (including Indys, etc.) rather than as tough service/work boots. E.g., Viberg (and other casual boot makers) use full thickness cxl, shell, etc., (which sometimes appears to be 1/8 inch thick!) and Alden skives cxl and shell down much thinner for dressier appearance and lasting -- and thus the incredibly wrinkly nature of Alden cxl.

Does that sound right to you as a Viberg owner?
post #94404 of 122416
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Alcibiades - A question on your point about the superior build quality of Vibergs as casual boots: I do not/have not owned Vibergs, but I do own both casual and dress Alden shoes/boots. It strikes me that even Alden's casual boots are really built more as dress boots (including Indys, etc.) rather than as tough service/work boots. E.g., Viberg (and other casual boot makers) use full thickness cxl, shell, etc., (which sometimes appears to be 1/8 inch thick!) and Alden skives cxl and shell down much thinner for dressier appearance and lasting -- and thus the incredibly wrinkly nature of Alden cxl.

Does that sound right to you as a Viberg owner?

I owned Viberg boots in "chromepak" leather and have handled the chromexcel and suede boots. Viberg's CXL is thicker than the CXL you find on Indy boots and other Alden CXL boots.Not necessarily a bad thing - I like how flexible my Ultimate Indy CXL boots are on the commando sole - but it is definitely less "substantial" than a standard Viberg CXL boot (I guess weighing the boots could confirm this). The "chromepak" leather was probably the toughest leather boot I have owned.

Overall, I would agree with your assessment - Alden shoes are dress casual to dress in general.

My comment on "build quality" was partly about the thickness of the leather but also regarding things like stitching (Vibergs are consistently stitched, have the "triple stitching" on the welt, etc).

All this being said, I sold my Viberg and will likely buy more Alden than Viberg in the future as Viberg simply doesn't fit my style as much. I reconsider every time Leffot throws up a preorder, though, so you never know...
post #94405 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I do like these but don't get why they are over $700 in Calf?

Alden calf/cxl/suede boots range between $540 to $610 nowadays. Vibergs are imported (made in Canada), which I guess adds some to the price. Having owned Viberg, I would say the build quality is measurably above Alden for casual boots. That implies a price in the high $600 / low $700s on a purely relative basis. I'm not sure if purely casual boots are worth $700 on an absolute basis, but others clearly disagree. The $1,100 cordovan boots are even more of an issue.

 

I ordered the black Viberg's as they looked really cool...my wardrobe is entirely casual. Several posters I respect had nothing but good things to say about Viberg boots and the quality. So I figured what the heck if I am going to have one black boot(ok 2 a black AE Shaker Heights with Tweed) this would be it.

post #94406 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Aviv View Post

This is my grail. Seems recent cigar is truly way darker. Would give a testie for these:


That's the cigar Pitt from Ls. I have a pair - would you like to trade for both testes?
post #94407 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

 

I ordered the black Viberg's as they looked really cool...my wardrobe is entirely casual. Several posters I respect had nothing but good things to say about Viberg boots and the quality.

You made a good choice; I imagine you will be quite pleased

post #94408 of 122416
Without the captoe, those Pitt boots seem to crease too much. For this reason, I've always thought captoe shell boots to be superior to plaintoes.
post #94409 of 122416

Regarding cigar, I don't mind it darker, but nearly black is a bit much. With ravello getting lighter again, maybe there is hope. Other brands still have the more traditional looking cigar (and other lighter colors), although quantities are usually even more limited than Alden.

post #94410 of 122416

With the talk of Winn Perry today, they are debuting a couple new models tonight according to their instagram.

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