In 1935, after six of his friends had died in a mountaineering accident, partly due to insufficient footwear, Vitale Bramani took on the task of providing quality rubber soles. With a financial backing of Leopoldo Pirelli of Pirelli tires, Bramani founded his company Vibram, producing his first patented rubber lug soles, replacing leather soles fitted with hobnails or steel cleats, which were commonly used during that time. Usually best known among the outdoor community, recent years have seen the Vibram sole, especially the white wedge version, spreading to fashion. For this weeks second Buyer's Guide, we have roamed the stores to present you a selection of our favourite Vibram boots. See them after the jump.
Timberland - Abington Low Guide Boot
The Maine Guide Boot by Timberland's heritage inspired line Abington, is a casual yet rugged mocassin boot. Not only the perfect choice for hiking through new England's rough landscape, but also for paving your way through snow-covered city streets. It features a shiny black leather upper, D-ring lacing system, a padded tongue and ankle area. Get them at Karmaloop.
Diemme - Roccia Vet Ontario Waxed-Suede Boots
Aiming at the highest level of craftsmanship, this sturdy hiking boot by Diemme is hand-crafted in the town of Montebelluna, Italy. The boot features a waxed suede upper and a D-ring lacing system on top of a Vibram wedge sole. Get your pair at Mr. Porter.
Trickers - Green Aniline Brogue Boots
If you are into classic footwear with a contemporary twist, you will surely like the Brogue Boots by Trickers. The one above features besides the characteristic hole pattern, a Green Aniline leather upper and Telason laces. This special edition boot is excluively available at Present.
Mark McNairy - Suede Cap Derby Boot
If you happen to be the no-frills-shoes kinda guy, you might prefer these blue suede Derby Boots by Mark McNairy. An especially noteworthy feature on these are the tan Vibram soles, replacing the usual white ones. They are available at Norse Store.
Red Wing - 6 Inch Moc Toe Boot
Dating back to 1907, the Red Wing Moc Toe Boot is one of the oldest and most popular styles. The pair above features besides the Vibram sole, a Briar oil slick leather upper and Goodyear-welted construction. Get it at OiPolloi.
Yuketen - Maine Guide DB Boot
Yuketen's Yuki Matsuda treated one of his most popular silhouettes with a great camouflage make-over. As always made from the finest materials, these boots meet the highest standards in terms of style and craftsmanship. The features include among others a Horween leather upper, a micro Vibram sole and canvas camouflage side panels. Get them at End.
VISVIM - Virgil Cantor Folk Black
This one is pricey, for sure, but worth every penny. Made of vegetable tanned cowhide this masterpiece by VISVIM includes premium features such as a TBU heel stabilizer, a natural cork footbed that will shape after your foot and a hand stitched Vibram outsole. Get them at Trés Bien.