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Viberg x Leffot Hiker Boots

We’ve just received a new batch of Viberg Hiker boots, including a new model that we detailed with Viberg exclusively for Leffot. These boots are hand built by Viberg Boot Co.in Victoria, British Columbia. Each boot is made of thick full-grain leather and feature the Viberg stamp on the outside.

The uppers are fully leather lined with no cardboard or plastic heel counters or toe box. These boots are entirely leather on leather through and through. We’ve mounted them on Vibram soles for no nonsense all terrain positraction.

These boots have quite a unique and classic look. With your choice of white Christy, black lugged, or black ripple soles they will lend themselves to more outfits than you can imagine, from the relaxed to the adventurous. If you own one pair of hiking boots in this life make it a great one. These are boots for a lifetime, wear them hard and wear them well and don’t worry they can certainly take it.

We are the only carrier of Viberg boots in the United States and quantities are limited.

Hiker 66, Brown Harness Leather, Vibram 4014 White Christy Soles

Hiker 66, Merlot Horween Chromexcel, Vibram 7124 Black Ripple Soles


Hiker 66, Vintage Tan Calfskin, Vibram 1276 Sierra Soles

Grizzly

We can’t saw for a fact that these boots take their name from Grizzly Adams, but we can easily imagine the big guy wearing a pair. Nonetheless the Quoddy Grizzly boot is an excellent boot to keep your feet warm and cozy. These boots like all Quoddy’s are handsewn moccasin constructed made with Horween Chromexcel leather. Our Grizzly’s are fully lined in sheepskin with crepe wrapped soles. They’re incredibly light, soft and warm, ideal for stalking the urban wilderness.

Quoddy Grizzly Boot in Brown Chromexcel, Sheepskin Lined with Crepe Wrap Soles

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Quoddy Marks 100th Anniversary *

The Americana shoe trend couldn’t have come at a better time for Quoddy.

Now in its 100th year, the U.S.-made moccasin company is experiencing a renaissance with its handmade styles (which also include lace-up boots, boat shoes and oxfords, in addition to the classic moc). In fact, the company has recently added several retail accounts  (i.e. Leffot) and has seen a boost in sales of about 100 percent for the year.

Quoddy Sew - LeffotQuoddy Workhop in Maine, Photo By Courtesy Photo

“We’ve had a lot of fortitude to keep going for that many years through thick and thin,” said John Andreliunas, president of the Perry, Maine-based brand.

Quoddy takes its name from Maine’s Passamaquoddy native tribe, which was known for crafting canoes, baskets and especially moccasins. Harry Smith Shorey, a handsewer for L.L. Bean, founded the company in 1909 to produce shoes with the same techniques “” using a full leather wrap around the foot, stitched together by hand.

Our New Quoddy Masleet Oxford, Horween Navy Chromexcel on Red Brick Soles

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Over the years, though, the company has changed hands several times. R.G. Barry purchased it in 1971 as part of an effort to diversify, and it expanded Quoddy’s retail locations. But after financial problems in the early 1980s, R.G. Barry sold it to Wolverine World Wide in 1983. Then in 1987, Dunham bought 15 of its stores, as well as domestic and certain international rights. Despite some success in Japan in the 1990s, Quoddy saw a steady decline.

“The brand had basically gone fallow,” said Andreliunas. “The last company that owned it had virtually abandoned it.”

100% Moccasin Constructed Hand Sewn Shoes, No Cement or Glue Used

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In 1998, Kevin Shorey, a descendant of the founder, acquired the struggling brand. And over the last decade, Shorey has worked to bring the company back to its original mission of manufacturing traditional, handsewn shoes. (Standalone retail locations are no longer a focus.)

“[We’ve] fallen under different brands over the years, but it started with moccasin footwear, and it’s been the same ever since,” said Andreliunas. “And there are a lot of great companies in Maine, such as L.L. Bean, that have given “˜made in Maine’ a special connotation.

“It may seem like a liability to be made in Maine, but it has become a real advantage. It differentiates us from so many other companies that have gone that other route [abroad].”

More Quoddy Styles Coming Soon to Leffot

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No matter how popular the brand becomes, Andreliunas said Quoddy is still a small company in terms of revenue, and will have to grow slowly. With a business model established around handwork, and with only about a dozen craftsmen, the wait time for the $200-to-$400 shoes is generally eight weeks.

Though no big celebrations have been planned for Quoddy’s golden anniversary, the company is happy with its evolution over the years “” and where it is headed.

“The one thing I’m confident in is that [we] are delivering quality, and it’s not a passing thing,” said Andreliunas. “The business advantages, responsiveness and uniqueness [we offer] will become part of the overall market as we go forward.”

* From Footwear News Issue 11/16/2009; Quoddy Marks 100th Anniversary, by Jocelyn Anderson