Brett Viberg with his favourite boot (vintage Wolverine 1000 Mile)
The original Viberg logging boot had spikes and studs hammered into the sole for traction. Later, the company introduced an innovative replaceable spike design that allowed for the spikes to be unscrewed and replaced individually.
Viberg uses the highest quality materials available. In addition to the best leathers, they source and use the best hardware for their boots.
Brett's collection of vintage books and magazines, including these rare reference materials salvaged from a closed American shoe factory. Most books like these were destroyed or thrown away when factories across the country were shut down, these serve as invaluable tools for inspiration and preservation of the trade.
The Viberg factory maintains a vast collection of vintage and deadstock boots ranging from their own designs to WWI and WWII models from a variety of countries. The boots are actively used as both inspiration and construction reference for contemporary models.
The original box for a pair of unworn vintage Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots. A very rare example from the late 1800's displaying one the first logos.
Australian WW II service boot beside an archival photo from an assembly line in Melbourne documenting the production of the boot.
Premium leathers sourced from various renowned tanneries stocked in abundance for prototyping and full assembly on mainline product.
These obscure hunting boots were made by the Converse Rubber Company before they started making athletic footwear. A rare example that illustrates how far the footwear brand has evolved, and the change in direction over the years.
This is a rare completed upper that was never made into a finished boot. The history is unknown but it likely was hands stitched before the original factory was shut down decades prior.
The original Edwin Viberg Derby Shoe pattern was recently discovered and is now reworked into the current model.
The original Edwin Viberg Derby Shoe pattern was recently discovered and reworked into the current model.
Brett has an impressive personal collection of American and European boots and workwear. He owns a few vintage examples of the Wolverine 1000 mile complete with the original boxes.