Derby shoe in vegetable tanned Charles F. Stead Brown calf suede
Viberg is still owned and managed by the same family since its creation in 1931.
They use traditional manufacturing methods and only the best components sourced from around the world: custom brass nails from Japan, heavyweight insoles from Spain, Vibram outsoles from Italy, eyelets and hardware from the USA and more.
Much of the manufacturing process looks the same today as it did when Edwin Viberg founded the company nearly 100 years ago. They have managed to preserve his methods and quality, while selectively introducing modern materials and techniques.
Their uncompromising approach to quality extends all the way through to the leather sourcing philosophy. They travelled the world to find tanneries that embody the same old world ideals and small batch production that they aim to preserve. Their leathers come mostly from small, family run tanneries in the USA, UK, Italy, France, Japan and other countries. They work directly alongside these suppliers to form real, sustainable partnerships and develop unique and exclusive products.
For my first service boot launch with Viberg, I choose a vegetable tanned leather from Horween tannery in the USA. I prefer vegetable tanned compared to chrome tanned leather, mostly for the aging characteristic of the leather.
This derby is built on the 2020 last.
- 100% Brown calf suede vegetable tanned leather from Charles F. Stead (UK)
- 2020 last
- Storm welt construction
- Natural midsole
- Antique brass eyelets
- Partially structured toe
- Dainite outsole
- Waxed and rawhide laces
- Dust bags
- Made in Canada in the Viberg family factory
Luca is 1m80, 74kg, wears size 10. I usually wears size 11 in sneakers.
General recommendation: 1 size down from your sneakers size.