Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 25, 2016.
Thought that I should bump this up to everyone's attention.
Can't wait for these boots, thanks again for rerunning them!
Welcome. I am remimedying my own mistake as well!
So despite the pre-build specs that I saw (which were obviously identical to these without the ping pong toe), the last pair of Hoppers had a Vibram 705 sole and the 'old school' convex roller buckles that do not seem to be the pair that Viberg refers to as the 'Japanese' variety (concave, which I'm pretty certain were the result of custom work that Giles from Iron Heart UK commissioned for their Wild Ones build, and Viberg later co-opted for engineer runs after IH and Viberg split on future collaborations).
Fok, can you confirm which sole and buckles these will get?
I need to change that description. For functionality, we'll be opting for the vibram sole. The catspaw, even if available, is simply not durable enough. This decision I came to after negative experiences people had with the catspaw products.
We will ask for the Japanese buckles, but, as discussed last round as well, there may be a substitution in production if necessary.
For what it's worth: if you believe in AGATT, it's clearly not a boot for riding. No steel, etc. There are boots that are specifically designed to be part of your armor while riding. These ain't then.
Are there ever times when I wear, say, my Chippewas or my Viberg Shit Kickers when I ride? Admittedly yes, if I'm going a couple of blocks to pick up a burrito or to the Local Farmers market on a nice day. They (and these) at least have a sturdier sole than sneakers in case I drag my foot on the pavement at a stop, have sufficient leverage on the shifter, or whatnot. I would probably treat these the same way. But without meaning to lecture anyone about their own choices, for anything more I would only wear a boot specifically designed to be a protective motorcycle boot.
As far as general durability, I'd view them like any other leather boot other than a polished dress boot. Any highly active wear is inevitably going to add some patina. Whether that's a pro or con is a personal preference. Obviously if you're riding across muddy creeks or in heavy rain, whatever you're wearing is likely to get wet and dirty.
I feel like this might read as a bit patronizing. If so, apologies - but to your question, that's how I'd view riding in them: maybe a bit here and there as a shortcut when I'm too lazy to put on my clunkier riding boots, but not as part of my normal gear.
I had to look up "AGATT."
I'm sort of of the opinion that "versatility" depends very much on your lifestyle. If you are a white shoe lawyer, unless you are the LBJ of your firm, these are at home and weekend boots. If you are like me, and can wear what you damn well please on any given day, these could be very versatile, depending on your uniform. If you are like my boddy, the army ranger turned country lawyer who specializes in Idaho real estate, those could be your everyday boots, and if you dressed either more "fashion", or more "suit", you'd probably arouse at least a bit of suspicion.
Agree with all of that. I have specific boots for riding. I also have specific cleated shoes for playing softball. Neither of those are especially versatile, being more or less one-trick ponies.
I don't consider my other shoes "unversatile" because they're not designed for the particular and idiosyncratic needs of running securely on soft dirt and grass or riding a motorcycle. Same for these. I'd pretty much wear them in any context other than those where I wear a suit or sportcoat and dress shoes.
WTF....I just realized I had not ordered....Just took care of that! I paid my deposit in record time for the toe structure when that link went up and somehow thought I paid the deposit for these...LOL...
@LA GuyFok, home much time do we have to place this preorder?
edit: found my answer - May 15
I am actually going to extend this until the end of the month, in order to be timed with the Styleforum newsletter re. our various GMTOs and special project s that will be coming out on May 25. Yes, not the best organization on my part. But this should not, AFAIK delay production significantly.
And you said delivery will be somewhere in the 4-month range? I do always like to be able to say, "These aren't really new, I ordered them SO long ago!" Not that I even have a significant SO problem, but still, it sloughs the guilt.
Yes, that's what I was told, four months. I have the same feeling.
Hey Fok, is it possible for me to switch my size ordered?
I measured my foot on a bannock today and I think I need a 12 instead of the 11.5 that I originally ordered.
Sorry for the misfiring on the size, hope it's not too late...
It's all good. To avoid confusion, please reply to your oirignal invoice, with specific instructions.
BTW, as I've said a bit earlier, I am extending the deadline until the end of the month to coincide with our GMTO newsletter (my bad timing, sorry guys - you should still get your boots within the regular +/- for Viberg deliveries), so you should be okay.
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