The 555 Last is the classic New England moccasin last. Its medium width and broad toe provide exceptional comfort for nearly all foot types and its shape is well known to generations of outdoorsman from Down East.
SVIG introduced its Cortina sole to commemorate the 1956 Winter Games in Cortina, Italy. A durable, but lightweight rubber-cork compound is molded in Italy with lugs to provide exceptional traction and shock absorption. The result is a sole as light as many contemporary EVA foam soles, but of a compound that maintains its grip with wear, is dense enough to keep-out sand and water. This proprietary rubber is infused with cork to absorb shock and molded with deep and tactile lugs that ensure stability on sandy trails, branch-laden forest floors, marshy turf, muddy or frozen riverbanks, and even slick piers and boat decks.
Chromexcel is made using proprietary techniques and formulas developed over 100 years ago in a factory still owned and operated by the Horween family in Chicago. It's characterized by a rich pull-up in full aniline, hand-rubbed finish, superior comfort, and durability. Chromexcel was made famous by its patina—the unique character of each hide which comes to life with wear.