Viberg Boots

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  1. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Pretty sure they aren't allow to stonewall you on a return like that if it's their posted policy to take returns. Call your CC holder and discuss the issue with them to see what your options are.
     


  2. cyc wid it

    cyc wid it Senior member

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    It's possible he didn't fill out the customs as a "return" and they refused to avoid fees, which many Euro stores explicitly mention.
     


  3. Understatesman

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    I followed all the proper protocol. I own an e-retail site so I ship worldwide almost daily. This is all on Manufactum.

    Check it: It cleared customs fine.

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    I'm going to try the Visa card idea. Let's give them a call...
     


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    damn these look good!
     


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    Report back to us!
     


  6. Understatesman

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    Just got off the phone with them. It was too late to talk to the dispute department, but they're going to mail me some claims forms for me to fill out. I imagine I'll show them the tracking number with updates, emails exchanges where they claim it hasn't cleared customs and it should be any day now (3 weeks ago!), yadda yadda. But I'm going out of town for a week on Sunday so I guess I'll have to start the process when I get back. The card peeps (Chase Sapphire) sounded pretty confident I had my ducks in order and would be reimbursed.

    Either way, it's Friday night and if you're anything like me, you consider Vibergs an aesthetic work of art. So here's some boot porn. 3Sixteen's Andrew Stealth Service Boot in Black Chromexcel vs. Manufactum's 1940 Cordovan Service Boot.

    A few things of note: I'll admit, the Cordovan boots are more comfortable to wear straight up, the flexibility of the leather around the ankle and everywhere else and surprisingly the Dainite sole (they're both Dainite) is just an all around more comfortable shoe. Walking on the thick, heavy CXLs feels hard on my feet and I can imagine spending a day in them would probably kill me. The Cordovans seem to "roll" and bend with my step easier; the CXLs don't bend at all.

    And they feel lighter - though the 3Sixteen's weigh 3lb 15oz for the pair, while the Manufactum comes in at 3lbs 4oz (digital scale, ftw!). Also, I've tried to capture just how different the leather weights (and thickness) is in my pics. I've said this before - and I still stand by it - the Cordovan feels dainty and plastic-y. Yet, now that I handle them again they've grown on me.

    The tongue - the same type of leather it seems - on both is drastically different in thickness and body. The Cordovan boots' tongue are flimsy, very soft almost chamois in feeling. The CXL boots' tongues can stand on their own, while the Cordovans want to flop over and slink inside the boot. So putting them on presents a couple of readjustments.

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    But I'm not a fan of the wider, almost-bulbous toe of the Cordovans. The top view pic below shows this well enough, though it doesn't capture the bulbousness of the structured toe.

    The winner for sheen obviously goes to the Manufactum pair. I mean, c'mon, shell cordovan vs. chromexcel is a given. Like others have queried here, I've yet to see any black CXLs with hard wear on them so I wonder how they're turn out in the long run. Not that I'm going to find out, though, since these were a temporary pair to whet my appetite while I wait for my MTOs in black oil tan. I realize the black oils have a duller finish, but as an everyday boot that's what I'm aiming for. I want a pair I can unabashedly abuse and travel overseas for months at a time in. I don't think the weight of the CXLs, nor the scuff-prone-ness of the leather would be a good fit for that. The Cordovans might be, but we'll see if I sell them or not.

    All in all, if I don't ... having a pair of dressy Cordovans and a rougher pair of black oil tans in my closet wouldn't be a bad thing. But, hey, I'd rather they go to an owner who really wants them and would rock them proudly. I can fake it, but would prefer to keep things simple and minimal when it comes to my wardrobe.
     
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  7. Joona

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    Nice comparison and great pics. Those Manufactum boots have partially structured toe by the way. I have two black Viberg service boots and I definitely root for keeping the Manufactum boots. They don't look too bulbous in my opinion comapared to those 3Sixteen's Andrew Stealth Service Boots, it is just a different look. I wanted originally shell cordovan MTO pair with unconstructed toe, but I'm really glad I went with the Manufactum boot and I feel that over time and wear shell cordovan boot will benefit aesthetically from having a little structure in the toe area.
     
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  8. guyferguson

    guyferguson Affiliate vendor

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    Hey everyone,

    I wanted to let you all know directly that we will no longer be taking orders for single pair custom make ups. We hinted a while back that MTO might be coming to an end and we've officially hit the point where we can no longer offer it. This is happening for a couple of reasons, but essentially it boils down to inefficiency. The custom orders take up far too many man hours and consistently slow down the workflow in the factory. We will continue to expand our wholesale network in 2014 as well as our offerings on Viberg.com, so hopefully the end result is that it's easier to get your hands on a pair of our boots.

    We plan to offer MTO events in various locations in the future which will give people a limited opportunity to build something special. We're also happy to work directly with you on a custom pair if you can somehow make it to the factory in Victoria where we can go over materials and fit in person. Forum members also have a tremendous opportunity with what Fok is doing on the Marketplace.

    Anyone who is currently in the midst of an MTO boot will continue corresponding with Morgan, but the [email protected] email address will be terminated in a few days. If anyone has any further questions about this or anything else, please contact us anytime at [email protected]. I know this might be disappointing news for some customers, but i can assure you it's a big and necessary step in the right direction for us as a company.

    Thanks,
    Guy
     


  9. VLSI

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    While I'm sad to hear this news, it's definitely understandable and awesome to hear business is going so well. Really glad I got my order in on time though :) Pretty psyched to get those in.

    Can't wait to see some more great makeups from the SF collabs in the future, hopefully after some more cash is freed up.
     


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    It's great to see Viberg growing and moving forward. The sample sale was fun and the MTO collabs with Fok have been interesting to watch.
     


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    wow, just put my order in, pretty stoked.

    hopefully this won't be my last pair of Vibergs
     


  13. ben2t

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    can't afford for an MTO anyway! I will keep an eye at Viberg.com for a some SB.
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  14. guyferguson

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    Today at 1pm we will be releasing an 8" Engineer and a Service Boot both in Black Horsehide. The leather is from Shinki tannery in Japan and both boots feature full Cat's Paw soles. The Engineers have roller buckles also from Japan. We went to pretty great lengths sourcing the components for these two boots and i'm really happy with how they turned out.

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  15. zielschuss

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    Very nice. No half sizes on the service boot?
     


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