Viberg has been handcrafting some of the world's best boots for over 80 years. We have preserved traditional manufacturing techniques wherever possible and combine these methods with the highest quality materials and components sourced from around the globe. We are one of the last footwear manufacturers left in Canada and one of the most versatile in the world.
Our cutter carefully inspects hides one at a time and makes note of any flaws or irregularities in the leather. Pieces of each pattern are cut individually using a hydraulic press and steel dies. Particular care is taken to match tones and textures across each pair of boots or shoes, keeping in mind the unique characteristics of these natural materials.
Pieces of the upper are marked and skived in preparation for sewing. Our small team carefully constructs each upper using only single-needle machines. Depending on the pattern and material, linings, eyelets, thermal-folded edges, and french binding are all applied at this stage as well.
The completed upper is laced and steamed to add moisture back into the leather. A leather counter is placed inside the heel pocket. The upper is carefully pulled over the last and tacked to a heavyweight insole, beginning at the heel and working up the sides towards the toe. The last dictates the shape, form and size of the final product. The majority of this process is performed by hand.
At this stage the midsole and outsole are attached. In the case of Stitchdown footwear, the vamp is sewn directly to a leather midsole, which is then sewn to the outsole, creating the signature double-row stitching. For Goodyear Welted footwear a leather welt is attached to the upper first, which is then sewn directly to a leather midsole and outsole. In both cases the heel unit is nailed on separately.
Now that the sole is attached it is trimmed and sanded to fit the shape of the last. The edge of the midsole and outsole pass through progressively finer sandpaper creating a smooth edge. Finally, the top of the midsole is bevelled using a hand tool. This entire process is performed by hand and requires an extreme degree of skill and precision. Glen Viberg personally oversees this area of production.
Finally, all of our footwear undergoes a thorough cosmetic finishing and quality control process. Smooth leathers are polished and Suede or Roughout Leathers are brushed. A layer of clear coat is carefully applied to the exposed edge of the midsole and welt to seal and darken the leather. Sewing marks are erased, loose threads are burned and minor touch ups are performed. A stamped heel seat is placed inside each shoe or boot and a handwritten label is applied to the box. The finished footwear is now ready to be shipped out.
Our uncompromising approach to quality extends all the way through to our leather sourcing philosophy. We have travelled the world to find tanneries that embody the same old world ideals and small batch production that we aim to preserve. Our leathers come mostly from small, family run tanneries in the USA, UK, Italy, France, Japan and other countries. We work directly alongside these suppliers to form real, sustainable partnerships and develop unique and exclusive products.
“We are just trying to be authentic to the old world quality, which comes at a price. It’s something I hold close to my heart and will never change.”Brett Viberg