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The Ultimate Vass (Footwear) Thread (Pictures, reviews, sizing, etc...) - Page 880post #13187 of 2022211/30/14 at 8:29ampost #13188 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:21amQuote:How would you compare the Vass and Carmina lasts in terms of instep? I often read that the Vass lasts have a high instep which is a bit worrying as I'm thinking about ordering a pair this spring...Originally Posted by RogerP
I have just the one pair of P2, so take all the following with that in mind. Plus, these are my first and only pair of Vass boots - so I don't know if there is any difference in sizing when comparing the same last in shoes.
That said, I generally take a 43 in all the Vass Italian lasts (K, F, U). I take a UK 9 in Oscar, Robert and Forest, and either a UK 8.5 or 9 in Rain (8.5 for most shoes, 9 for tall boots).
I ordered these P2 in a 43 and I would say they are a half size too big. Not an issue for me in a tall boot - an insole solved the problem. Were I ordering a pair of shoes, however - or make that WHEN I order a pair of shoes in P2 I will size down to 42.5.
PS - Props to NMWA for the makeup.post #13189 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:30amQuote:
fyi, I have a pair of rain chukkas which fit but the corresponding sizes for U, P2, and F have insteps that are too high without tongue pads and insoles. P2 is slightly lower than F and U but I would echo RogerP's thoughts of sizing down half a size. If your laces are fairly open with the rain last then you might be okay but otherwise it's hard to get a good fit with Vass. Maybe try the new S last?post #13190 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:38ampost #13191 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:49am
Hi RogerP, so if I wear 9,5 in the Carmina forest last wich size would you advice me for the F and R Vass last?
Do you think that the sizing is similar between Vass F last and Carmina forest last?
Many thanks for your help.
Regards,post #13192 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:52ampost #13193 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:56ampost #13194 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:58amQuote:Yeah, I read about the S last having a slightly lower instep. I haven't found any pictures of it yet though.Originally Posted by Ironist
fyi, I have a pair of rain chukkas which fit but the corresponding sizes for U, P2, and F have insteps that are too high without tongue pads and insoles. P2 is slightly lower than F and U but I would echo RogerP's thoughts of sizing down half a size. If your laces are fairly open with the rain last then you might be okay but otherwise it's hard to get a good fit with Vass. Maybe try the new S last?
I read about some people sizing down and going for a G-width instead, that might be a way forward?post #13195 of 2022211/30/14 at 9:58ampost #13196 of 2022211/30/14 at 10:00amQuote:Originally Posted by zarkov
Yeah, I read about the S last having a slightly lower instep. I haven't found any pictures of it yet though.
I read about some people sizing down and going for a G-width instead, that might be a way forward?
Simpson sz 9 is probably my best fit, although I only tried them on briefly and don't own any. My Oscar jumper boots in size 9 fit very well around my foot but I have to tighten the laces to the max to get a snug fit around the ankles (I hope the heel chafing will end as I break them in!). I got a pair of Rain oxfords in size 8.5 that I had to take to a cobbler to widen them slightly but I can still lace them to a V less than 1 cm wide. I have a pair of Rain lasted chukkas in size 9 in the mail, I hope they're a better fit.
I can't wear Simpson at all - much too narrow and too low an instep. I don't know of a Vass last that is similar.post #13197 of 2022211/30/14 at 10:02ampost #13198 of 2022211/30/14 at 10:06ampost #13199 of 2022211/30/14 at 10:52ampost #13200 of 2022211/30/14 at 11:20am
Received a wonderful pair of balmoral boots from Vass this Friday. Dark brown museum calf/dark brown suede on U last with single Dainite. Splendid in every way, only thing is they don't fit that well Don't think it will work in another size either (have two U last pairs but both of them have been modified quite a bit by cobblers to fit me, and don't think it will work with these for various reasons). So might have to put 'em up on Buy and sell, we'll see.
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