Just a brief announcement today: the long-awaited second "Viberg for Himel Bros." boot is launching at the end of this week.
The Himel Bros. brand covers a multitude of design aesthetics, but the Ammunition Boot firmly follows one of the earliest Himel design maxims: "vintage but better." That's why we skipped over using the poorer-quality cowhide of the original vintage makeups, and instead used tough Horween Work Shoe Horse Butt. This is the original leather used for paratrooper boots during World War II—essentially a Chromexel, but with a recipe pulled straight from the Horween archive. You won't find a vintage Canadian WWII officer's boot made from Work Shoe, but you can be sure the quartermasters of the era would have appreciated our indestructible version.
That same maxim follows through the rest of the design. The RidgeWay soles have a clean, parade-ready look with the boots placed on the ground, but turn them over and you'll see a rugged lug with an eye-catching pattern—a fine midway between a dress boot, and a boot more suitable for the countryside.
We've gone out of our way to make sure every aspect of this product is personal and specific to both the Himel and Viberg brands, from the packaging, through to our soon-to-be-revealed Himel x Viberg limited edition t-shirt.
Available for presale between May 17 and June 7, 2019. See order page for more information.
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Technically, all of our Shinki horsehide leathers except for the Black Oil Tan are teacore leathers. Our pigment finishes are specifically designed to expose the undercolour with wear, while our Oil/Wax finishes tend to soak deeper into the raw hides. Eventually, even the Oil/Wax finishes will lighten with wear, but for the classic vegetable tanned look the Pigment finishes are ideal.
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