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Hi guys — I am new to viberg and shells, if you could tell me your thoughts on these two points:

1 — im currently on a three week long trip in asia. Ive been walking about 10km everyday, wearing these once every 2.5 days. Im worried now i might be putting too much strain on the boots, especially as they cant be resoled due to the stitchdown construction (or am i wrong?). Id like them to last at least 10 years — is it reasonable to expect that?

2 — are these scratches permanent or can i get rid of them with a good brush? I didnt bring one with me. Also, any idea why the top part of the vamp seems to be a diff shade than the part near the outsole? These are mahogany shell.

Thanks guys!!
 

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Hi guys — I am new to viberg and shells, if you could tell me your thoughts on these two points:

1 — im currently on a three week long trip in asia. Ive been walking about 10km everyday, wearing these once every 2.5 days. Im worried now i might be putting too much strain on the boots, especially as they cant be resoled due to the stitchdown construction (or am i wrong?). Id like them to last at least 10 years — is it reasonable to expect that?

2 — are these scratches permanent or can i get rid of them with a good brush? I didnt bring one with me. Also, any idea why the top part of the vamp seems to be a diff shade than the part near the outsole? These are mahogany shell.

Thanks guys!!
You can resole them. You can also brush (alot) and get rid of some of the scratches probably.
 

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Love them. How old are they? I have a pair with French binding and I found my round laces were chewing into the binding after only a few months. Had to switch to flat laces which I don’t like as much.
I bought them used from a user here on the forum. I think he must have worn them about 3 times, and this is a model made in 2020 (the year, not the last) mahogany shell
 

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Hey all. I purchased these 2040s in horse butt a little over a year ago. I noticed when I first got them that the leather around the ankle/eyelets had some really odd wrinkling going on, dissimilar from the other parts of the boot. It reminded me of cheap, corrected grain leather but not as severe. I chocked it up to imperfect leather and wore them anyways.

Fast forward to two days ago- I have maybe worn these boots 20-30 times max over the past year. I store these in the provided bags whenever not in use along with the custom Viberg shoe trees they sold a bit ago. I haven't worn them in about two months and now it looks like the leather around the ankle area is cracking (or at least the top layer).

Can anyone weigh in on what's going on here? These photos are two days after applying Venetian Shoe Cream- they should be nice and hydrated by now. It's also worth noting I live in Florida- so it's not dry.

Thanks.
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Hey all. I purchased these 2040s in horse butt a little over a year ago. I noticed when I first got them that the leather around the ankle/eyelets had some really odd wrinkling going on, dissimilar from the other parts of the boot. It reminded me of cheap, corrected grain leather but not as severe. I chocked it up to imperfect leather and wore them anyways.

Fast forward to two days ago- I have maybe worn these boots 20-30 times max over the past year. I store these in the provided bags whenever not in use along with the custom Viberg shoe trees they sold a bit ago. I haven't worn them in about two months and now it looks like the leather around the ankle area is cracking (or at least the top layer).

Can anyone weigh in on what's going on here? These photos are two days after applying Venetian Shoe Cream- they should be nice and hydrated by now. It's also worth noting I live in Florida- so it's not dry.

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Interesting… I can understand your concerns, and I have experienced similar wear on a pair of horsehide bluchers around the heal, but I’ve had them for a long time and beat the heck out of them. I will say that every pair of shell or horsehide leather I’ve owned seems to be more susceptible to blemishes and abrasion than any of my cow leathers. I think it has something to do with the tanning process and tight fibers of horsehide. This is speculation, but I could see how the compounds used in tanning do in fact stay on the surface vs penetrating due to the aforementioned density. Not saying it should be rubbing off on that spot, but do you unlace far enough as to easily slip your foot into these boots? I know I need to unlace mine past the 3rd eyelet every time I put my Vibergs on and off, and if not it would certainly stress the leather.
 

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Interesting… I can understand your concerns, and I have experienced similar wear on a pair of horsehide bluchers around the heal, but I’ve had them for a long time and beat the heck out of them. I will say that every pair of shell or horsehide leather I’ve owned seems to be more susceptible to blemishes and abrasion than any of my cow leathers. I think it has something to do with the tanning process and tight fibers of horsehide. This is speculation, but I could see how the compounds used in tanning do in fact stay on the surface vs penetrating due to the aforementioned density. Not saying it should be rubbing off on that spot, but do you unlace far enough as to easily slip your foot into these boots? I know I need to unlace mine past the 3rd eyelet every time I put my Vibergs on and off, and if not it would certainly stress the leather.
I use a shoe horn when putting them on. I normally loosen the top 2-3 eyelets. What's odd is that the leather looked similar to this upon arrival. The rest of the boots (heel, toe) look great. I just never thought that minimal wear would cause $600+ boots to look like this. I don't mind wear and tear....this just looks bad though.
 
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Hey all. I purchased these 2040s in horse butt a little over a year ago. I noticed when I first got them that the leather around the ankle/eyelets had some really odd wrinkling going on, dissimilar from the other parts of the boot. It reminded me of cheap, corrected grain leather but not as severe. I chocked it up to imperfect leather and wore them anyways.

Fast forward to two days ago- I have maybe worn these boots 20-30 times max over the past year. I store these in the provided bags whenever not in use along with the custom Viberg shoe trees they sold a bit ago. I haven't worn them in about two months and now it looks like the leather around the ankle area is cracking (or at least the top layer).

Can anyone weigh in on what's going on here? These photos are two days after applying Venetian Shoe Cream- they should be nice and hydrated by now. It's also worth noting I live in Florida- so it's not dry.

Thanks. View attachment 2151813 View attachment 2151815 View attachment 2151817 View attachment 2151819 View attachment 2151821 View attachment 2151823
Just my opinion, I think they look fine. What is the leather/tannery?

I don't know the proper terminology but I think the leather is surface dyed and so the dye is kind of acting like a paint and cracking in areas. Could just be a normal thing with the leather.
 

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