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Chelsea Milkshake Suede

Chelsea Milkshake Suede
The Chelsea boot, which is characterized by its elastic side panel, is a unisex style which dates back to the mid-1800s.  It would later become an iconic symbol of British culture in the 1950s and 60s, with strong associations to the mod scene.  Our version features a wholecut upper and a custom last inspired by a traditional Argentinian riding boot.  For the debut of this new pattern on Viberg.com we choose a heavyweight British suede in a milky, offwhite tone.  Click through for the full feature.

Derby Boot Unglazed Natural Shell Cordovan

Derby Boot Unglazed Natural Shell Cordovan
The Derby Boot is a simplified reinterpretation of our Service Boot pattern.  We removed the counter panel and replaced it with a narrow backstay.  The seams of the quarters feature French Binding for the first time on a Viberg product.  This is a classic lace-up ankle boot in it's most essential form.  To celebrate the launch of this new style we worked with Horween Leather Company to bring in a very special version of their Genuine Shell Cordovan.  Unglazed Shell is processed right up until the point where it would normally receive dye, glazing and plating.  In this state the Shell has a softer surface feel and a matte finish.  Customers have the option of leaving the Shell untreated, allowing for an accelerated patina, or applying a polish for a more traditional finish. Click through for the whole feature.

Service Boot Crust Chromexcel

Service Boot Crust Chromexcel
During our last visit to Horween Leather in Chicago we noticed a pile of hides with a unique brown tone we had never seen before.  Nick, who was in the midst of giving us a tour of the facilities, explained that it was Chromexcel leather in its crust-state.  Crust refers to a particular stage in leather processing where the hides have been fully tanned and dried, but not yet dyed or finished.  We immediately asked if we could purchase the leather as is and almost a year later we are excited to offer a Service Boot utilizing this unique material.  This is Chromexcel leather in it's most natural state, which means it exhibits more character and inconsistencies than a traditional finished hide.  It also means that it will age and patina faster and more drastically than just about any other leather we offer.  Click through for more photos and purchase the Service Boot Crust Chromexcel here.

Horween Leather Company (Part 2)

Horween Leather Company (Part 2)

Chicago’s Horween Leather Company was founded in 1905 by Ukrainian immigrant Isadore Horween. At the time there were hundreds of commercial leather tanneries in the Unites States, but today Horween is one of about a dozen still in operation. The company is currently run by Skip Horween and his son Nick who represent the fourth and fifth generations of this storied family business. Horween has built and maintained its success around traditional techniques and uncompromising quality. Many of their signature products, such as Aniline Chromexcel and Genuine Shell Cordovan, have become industry benchmarks and are sought out internationally by luxury manufacturers. In addition to footwear and leather goods, Horween supplies exclusive leathers for the NBA, NFL and MLB.  Click through for the full post.

Viberg Leather Care Products

Viberg Leather Care Products

We are excited to announce the launch of our first in-house leather care products: Viberg Leather Conditioner and Viberg Leather Castile Soap.  When developing these products we knew that we wanted to work with someone local who understood our company’s values and expectations for quality.  We make our footwear the traditional way, using the best materials available and we needed our care products to reflect this process.  Mike St. Claire of Steele & Co. decided to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps when he discovered her soap making tools and recipes.   His brand now produces a full range of grooming products and is available in stores across the country.  We travelled to Mike’s workshop to get a behind the scenes look at his manufacturing process.  Click through for the full feature and shop our new Accessories collection here.

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