Shirting, Basics, Knitwear, Outerwear
We utilize Virtusize for our fit visualizer and size charting methods. While a common provider of fitting for garments with some of Europe's best retailers, it has yet to be widely adopted in United States. This measurement method may be somewhat different from other retailers you have shopped with, so please refer to this guide when taking the measurements for your garments.
If you don't already have one, we also recommend creating a Virtusize profile where you can save all of the garments you have measured for future purchases. That way, you won't have to re-measure your garments the next time you are looking to buy from us, or any Virtusize retail partner.
Below is how we have utilized and adapted the Virtusize measuring guide for the creation of measurements for the products we carry. For the best possible fit please follow the illustrated steps provided. Please be aware that with some of our garments there is a possibility of 1/2" difference between items of the same style and size.
Length: Measure straight down from the highest point of the shoulder (usually where the collar meets the body) to the bottom.
Chest: Measure straight across the garment edge to edge, 1” below where the bottom of the sleeve meets the body.
Sleeve: From the center of the back of the neck, measure straight across to the outside edge of the shoulder, and then down the top of the sleeve to the bottom of the cuff.
Shoulder: Measure straight across the back of the shirt, from the outside edge of one shoulder (at the top of the sleeve) to the other.
Hem: Measure straight across the bottom of the shirt.
Inseam: Measure down the inside seam of the leg, from the bottom of the crotch seam to ankle.
Waist: Measure straight across the top edge of the waistband, outside edge to outside edge.
Hip: Measure straight across the front of the trousers at the base of the fly placket.
Thigh: Measure straight across, from 1" below the top of the inseam. From the inside edge of the inner seam to the outside edge of the pant.
(Provided for use with your trousers and denim for a superior fit.)
Knee: We measure 13” from the top of the inseam down the leg to find the location for the knee measurement. Here we differ from the Virtusize guide, which calls for a slightly different method for locating the knee. The Virtusize method is better suited for a hemmed fit, whereas with the generally unhemmed nature of the selvage and heritage products we carry this would give a false location far to low on the leg.
Ankle opening: Measure straight across the bottom of the leg.
Front rise: With the front of the trousers facing you, measure along the seam from the bottom of the waistband to the top of the inseam.
Back rise: With the back of the trousers facing you, measure along the seam from the bottom of the waistband to the top of the inseam. Try to get the seam as flat and straight as possible before you take the measurement.
In general, we suggest fitting a fully rebuildable boot like a Viberg, Tricker’s or Wesco to be as snug out of the box, as these builds utilize heavy duty, all natural materials that will give, flex, and mold to a foot with the proper pressure. This level of footwear is constructed to last for many re-soles, and can be fully re-built if necessary. Further, this type of footwear can weigh up to 2 lbs. per, and if one starts off too large and spacious, the result will be a sloppy and ergonomically unsound fit. When sized properly, this weight is going to be hardly noticeable and the footwear will mold to your foot to a greater degree.
Viberg boots though listed as in US sizing is actually closer to UK sizing. Meaning, you will often be a full (1) to (1.5) sizes down from a US Brannock Devise measurement or sneaker size. However, this can vary depending on the last, construction technique, and pattern used. Lined and/or Goodyear Welted styles may require a (.5) size larger, while Wholecut and Workboot patterns may require a (.5) size smaller than other Vibergs depending on foot shape. Below is a list and descriptions of the Viberg lasts that we carry and recommendations for each:
2030 Last: Based on a last used for Canadian Military Officer's dress uniform footwear. It features an almond-shaped elongated toe, average waist, low heel and an overall shallow profile. The result is a sleek looking boot that can accommodate most foot shapes. The 2030 is very comparable to an Alden Barrie D/E last in terms of fit and sizing. We also find most feet are the same size in a 2030 as a Tricker’s 4497s last. We typically recommend at least a half (.5) size down from most US boot manufacturers like Red Wing. The 2030 last is the most common Viberg last, and a good basis of comparison to others in regards to size and shape.
2045 Last: A traditional Munson last developed by the US army to accommodate the wide range of foot shapes while being as anatomically correct. The 2045 features a EEE width in the forefoot with above average profile and slight bump toe, yet a moderate waist and a narrow heel. Designed to accommodate almost all foot shapes, the 2045 is a great option for those whose prefer a true heritage boot shape or have wider feet. As a general rule, the 2045 is half (.5) size down from the 2030 last.
2040 Last: Based on a Munson style last to accommodate a wide range of foot shapes and be anatomically correct. Slightly less dramatic than the 2045, the 2040 features a EE width and in the forefoot with above average profile a very slight bump toe, yet a moderate waist and a narrow heel. Designed to accommodate almost all foot shapes, the 2040 is a great option for those whose prefer a true heritage boot shape, have wider feet, or are not well suited for the 2030. As a general rule, the 2040 is usually similar sizing as the 2030 last.
1035 Last: Developed as an alternative to fit to the 2030 with maintaining certain aesthetics, this newer last is a cross between the 2030 and 2040. This last adopts the toe box shape of the 2040 with an accommodating EE forefoot width, but has a similar low profile to the 2030. The waist is an average width between the 2030 and 2040, while the heel is moderate width like the 2030 last. As a general rule, the 1035 is usually similar sizing as the 2030 last.
2050 Last: Based on a vintage Argentinian riding boot last originally developed for Viberg’s Chelsea Boot. It features a slightly extended toe and high instep that provides an accommodating fit with a sophisticated silhouette. The 2050 is used exclusively on non-lace patterns designed to form around various foot types and widths. As a general rule, the 2050 is usually the same sizing as the 2030 last.
310 Last: A vintage last pulled from the archives with a completely different feel and shape from all others with a wider EE fitting in the toe, forefoot, waist, and heel with a substantial volume throughout. It features a raised heel and sprung toe to provide for a natural gait when walking. While the fit is very different from other Viberg lasts, the sizing is based on where your foot sits in the bed, rather than by width in any particular area. As a general rule, the 310 is usually similar sizing as the 2030 last.
160 Last: Straight out of Viberg's work boot archives and still in use today in many of the company's industrial, hunting, and logging boots. The 160 has a very traditional shape with a high volume, profile, arch, and heel designed to accommodate all foot shapes in a E/EE width. Enough volume is provided for insoles and certain orthotics and sizing is based on where your foot sits in the bed, rather than by width in any particular area. The 160 Last is a great option for those whose prefer a true heritage boot shape. As a general rule, the 160 is usually similar sizing to the 2030 last.
2005 Last: Viberg's signature and original work boot last for pull-on boot patterns and still in use today. The 2005 has a traditional round toe shape with a high instep, moderate profile, and a high heel designed to comfortably accommodate a variety of foot shapes and widths. As a general rule, the 2005 is usually similar sizing to the 2030 last.
40288/40218 Last: A round toe, low profile last with minimal heel drop developed specifically for the wholecut Slipper. The 40288 Last fits larger than other common Viberg lasts and we generally recommend going a half (.5) size down from a 2030 Last size when planning to wear the Slipper with socks, and a full (1) size down if planning to wear without socks.
All sizes listed are UK and Tricker's signature Fitting 5 width. Most commonly you will be (1) to (1.5) sizes down from a US Brannock Devise measurement, or US sneaker size. We find that Tricker's usually equates to the same size as a Viberg 2030 and an Alden Barrie last, or a half (.5) to a full (1) size down from other US boot manufacturers like Red Wing.
4497s Last: the most common last by Tricker's for a reason, as it has average proportions designed to accommodate most foot shapes. Generous but not wide in the toe box, waist and heel this last fits most feet very well once the correct size is obtained.
w2298 Last: a "city" styled last with a subtly elongated toe and mild profile that still accommodates a wide variety of feet. A slightly more narrow width in the forefoot, with a more snug waist and heel than the 4497s, but easily fits wider feet. Generally, take the same size as the 4497s or related lasts.
4444 Last: a more generous fitting last than the 4497s, and almost as a rule take (.5) size down from your normal Tricker's size when purchasing this last.
Wesco boots often will be one (1) to one-and-a-half (1.5) sizes down from a Brannock device measurement or sneaker size. Additionally, in our Wesco make-ups you will typically size equally or a half (0.5) size up from a Viberg or a Tricker’s, or a half (0.5) size down from a Red Wing. This depends heavily upon Last, construction, materials, and pattern.
MP 1339 Last: A high-heeled last derived from Wesco’s Motorcycle Patrol Boot, which became standard issue for Officer use. This shape features a semi-squared and low-profile toe box paired with a snug waist and heel designed to be a tight boot for riding practicality. This Last has an average D width, providing for a gripped fit on standard foot shapes. As the narrowest offering from Wesco, this shape typically sizes either equal with, or a half (0.5) size up compared to a Jobmaster Last. Furthermore, sizing is slightly smaller to a Viberg 2030, Alden Barrie, or Tricker’s 4497s for most feet, and either the same size or a half (.5) size up for a wider foot.
65 Last: A low-heeled workboot Last designed for Wesco’s Jobmaster pattern, used by loggers and lineman for its accommodating shape for various environments. It features a snub and rounded toe with a medium profile and a moderate waist and heel. While being a D width, the forefoot is on the wider side and fits more like an E+. Generally, take the same size as a 9165 Last, and equally or a half (0.5) size down from Wesco’s MP 1339 Last, depending on foot width. Furthermore, sizing is generally equal to a Viberg 2030, Alden Barrie, or Tricker’s 4497s Last for most feet.
9165 Last: A high-heeled workboot Last derived for Wesco’s Jobmaster, used by loggers and lineman for its accommodating shape for various environments. This Last has a rounded toe with a moderate waist and a snug heel, similar to the shape of a Munson-based Last (like Viberg’s 2040/45). While being a D width, the forefoot is on the wider side and fits more like an E+. Generally, take the same size as a 65 Last, and equally or a half (0.5) size down from Wesco’s MP 1339 Last, depending on foot width. Furthermore, sizing is generally equal to a Viberg 2030, Alden Barrie, or Tricker’s 4497s Last for most feet.
Boots with Gusseted Tongues
Gusseted tongues are designed to entirely prevent water and debris from entering the boot through the lace eyelets or the space between the tongue and the upper part of the boot. They are identifiable by a tongue which is connected up the entire interior side of eyelets stay. Before lacing up your boots, fold the gusset tongue over into a smooth "S" shape, and hold the tongue in this position while you lace up the boots. Below is a step-by-step picture guide on how to properly do so, to ensure a comfortable and proper fit.