Ahoy! I’m typing this from under a mountain of cardboard boxes—I just moved last week, so big thanks to Ben for covering for me. In this week’s roundup, we’ll be giving you the lowdown on some wild ‘n Wooly releases from Viberg, some Russian Calf beauties from Carmina, an intriguing shell cordovan release from Meermin, and a nonstop chugging train of Alden makeups.
You can get caught up on our previous release roundups here.
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There’s a nice double shot of ‘Bergs coming from Division Road this week. First, we’ve got a Service Boot built on the 2020 last in a waxy black elk leather from C.F. Stead. Division Road mentions this’ll have some really nice pull-up character to it.
Meanwhile, DR is also releasing a Service Boot on Viberg’s gold-standard 2030 last in Horween’s Bone Chamois leather, with a contrast tongue and some comfy Lactae Hevea soles.
It’s appropriate for a shop named “Brogue” to serve up a handsome full-brogue balmoral like this one. This pair is made on the dressy Plaza last with Color 8 Shell Cordovan. Check out the ram medallion on the toes! Love it.
A saddle shoe that Ol’ Blue Eyes would no doubt enjoy wearing. These handsome fellas are made on the Barrie last with a 360 flat welt and single Waterloc soles.
Last but not least from Brogue, a pair of blue suede jumper boots made on the Barrie last with a 270 flat welt and commando soles. Da ba dee, da ba di.
The Bureau offers up their latest Tricker’s exclusive in Horween natural Dublin leather with casual Vibram 2060 soles. I’m really loving the triple-stitch detail at the quarters, heel counter and toe.
Meermin is back this week with another intriguing makeup that features an exclusive waxed shell cordovan (from a top-secret tannery). The patina on these boots is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. This pair is built on the Rod last with commando soles and Meermin’s “Ultraflex” Goodyear welt construction.
Horween’s Wooly leather is a Chromexcel variant, and it gets its name from the fact that it’s loaded with an unrefined lanolin from wool production, also known as “wool grease.” You can either go for the conventional 2030 makeup, or you can spring for the 310 sprung toe.
An ode to the Florsheim Imperials of yore, these longwing bluchers are made on the Barrie last with some sharp alpine grain leather, and feature a 360 split-reverse welt, double oak leather outsoles, and McAfee dovetail heels.
“The Phoenix” seems capable of rising to any occasion. These straight tip boots are made on the Barrie last with Color 8 shell, a 360 reverse welt, and double Waterloc soles.
Rounding out our Ealdwine releases this week are these striking wingtip bluchers in navy CXL. These Barrie last shoes feature a 360 flat welt, double oak leather outsoles, and dovetail heels.
Now a part of Carmina’s permanent collection, these not terribly work-boot-y Work Boots come in J&FJ Baker’s astounding Russian Calf leather. Built on the Oscar last with their Victoria ridged soles.