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These Rarely-Seen Boots Are Finally Available Outside of Japan

The lace-to-toe oxford is a beloved boot cut short and rarely seen outside of Japan, despite their North American provenance.


The fervor in the Japanese market for all things Americana is evident. Somehow, though, their love of heritage brands seems to manifest some of the greatest designs not available within North America. Case in point: the lace-to-toe oxford.

This shoe style is characterized by lacing that reaches from the top of the shoe all the way down to the toe box. If it looks like a boot that’s been cut down to size, that’s because it is. It’s a style that’s made the rounds for years in Japan with the style cognoscenti, but you could only secure a pair with a plane ticket or via Japanese proxy sites.

Now, Viberg’s letting you buy this beloved style directly with their 245 Oxford. It features a buttery roughout suede upper attached with Viberg’s telltale stitchdown construction to a chunkier-than-thou Vibram 2021 outsole. And, of course, it comes with that eye-catching lace-to-toe design the Japanese market has caught onto. The fact that it’s part of their recently launched Japan Collection echos that sentiment.

Buy Now: $630

245 Oxford by Viberg $630

Japan Exclusive Styles

Lace-to-Toe Oxford by Viberg ~$992

Northwest Oxford by White’s ~$845

Lace to Toe Ox by Nicks Handmade Boots ~$1,023

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