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post #14641 of 20253
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They look great. Can we (I) have some details?
Thanks. They're model #5200 (www.vass-shoes.com) in brown museum calf, F-last (size 41). I believe NMWA carries this exact make up (might be where terrorsquad got it from initially, dunno).

Here're some more pictures from indoors: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




For what it's worth, I believe the F-last is much more appealing in smaller sizes. I have a pair in size EU41,5 as well, but the proportions of size EU41 are much more flattering. It looks much more sleek.
post #14642 of 20253
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Great shoes!!. Love that medallion.

post #14643 of 20253
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Great shoes!!. Love that medallion.
Thanks. The medallion was what caught my eye in the first place. I think the medallions are one of many details where Vass excel. They make some of the most beautiful medallions out there.
post #14644 of 20253
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There are two: "gold" is the orangey one in the pic above, and "dark gold" is a bit more subtle.  They are both made by Ilcea.  They also have mid and dark browns, burgundy, blue, green and grey, if I recall correctly.  They did get a couple of batches from another tannery quite a while ago, but all their "Museum" is from Ilcea again.

 

But if we're talking about quality, the Ilcea Radica leathers (forever "Museum", thanks to JL), are not actually of the same quality as a full grain calf.  Not that the leather isn't good, but that this kind of antiquing process has its similarities with any other kind of polishing.  If you see pieces of the leather next to each other, a normal calf is thicker and more supple.

 

Anyway, each to his own.  I'd personally recommend oxblood or brown, but brown museum would certainly look pretty too.

 



Hmm. I'll grant that full grain calf might be thicker, but I find the leather on my museum calf Vass pairs to be more supple than that of my regular calf Vass pairs. The difference isn't huge, but is noticeable to me when transitioning from one to the other.
post #14645 of 20253
@RogerP, I received my first pair of Enzo Bonafè shoes on the 946-last the other day. Knowing that you have shoes made on that last, and on Vass' U & K-lasts also, how do K and 946 differ in fit? I own shoes made on the U also, which fit fine. From what I understood, K is more tapered at the toe box than U. When I tried on my pair on the 946-last I could definitely feel that there was less wiggle room compared with the U-last. I've planned on purchasing the K-last in the same size as the U, but after my experience with the 946, I'm starting to hesitate. Does K has less wiggle room than 946 or about the same? Thanks.
post #14646 of 20253
How it feels once it is in a shoe is going to vary by pattern, lining etc. Anyway, no big deal, just something they were saying at Vass last week, and I felt from handling the leathers. But I still ordered some!

Grunberg, yes I think that's red cognac. Not sure about the other, especially viewing on my phone. Some heavy polishing or perhaps even a custom paint job?
post #14647 of 20253
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@RogerP, I received my first pair of Enzo Bonafè shoes on the 946-last the other day. Knowing that you have shoes made on that last, and on Vass' U & K-lasts also, how do K and 946 differ in fit? I own shoes made on the U also, which fit fine. From what I understood, K is more tapered at the toe box than U. When I tried on my pair on the 946-last I could definitely feel that there was less wiggle room compared with the U-last. I've planned on purchasing the K-last in the same size as the U, but after my experience with the 946, I'm starting to hesitate. Does K has less wiggle room than 946 or about the same? Thanks.

 



I'll qualify by saying that my 946 last Bonafes are boots, not shoes, but overall I would say that the chiseled toe on 946 is similar to U in terms of shape, although slightly less roomy. K is narrower in the toe box than both. If you find that 946 is your limit of toe confinement, avoid K.
post #14648 of 20253
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Originally Posted by DonRaphael View Post

@RogerP, I received my first pair of Enzo Bonafè shoes on the 946-last the other day. Knowing that you have shoes made on that last, and on Vass' U & K-lasts also, how do K and 946 differ in fit? I own shoes made on the U also, which fit fine. From what I understood, K is more tapered at the toe box than U. When I tried on my pair on the 946-last I could definitely feel that there was less wiggle room compared with the U-last. I've planned on purchasing the K-last in the same size as the U, but after my experience with the 946, I'm starting to hesitate. Does K has less wiggle room than 946 or about the same? Thanks.

 



I'll qualify by saying that my 946 last Bonafes are boots, not shoes, but overall I would say that the chiseled toe on 946 is similar to U in terms of shape, although slightly less roomy. K is narrower in the toe box than both. If you find that 946 is your limit of toe confinement, avoid K.
Thanks for sharing your experience with the lasts. Glad I asked, but bummed about the answer, haha! 946 is really pushing it for me. Anything tighter won't work. Thanks again.
post #14649 of 20253

Gentlemen,

 

I am just about ready to pull the trigger on my first pair of Vass. 

 

Once my kicks on the Bay sell the ball will roll.

 

I thought I had everything figured out and was gonna get the "U" last, but I have recently found myself in deep appreciation over the "F" last.

 

Can you give me your experiences with F Last?  Fitting compared to other lasts?

 

I am 10E Barrie.  I am thinking a 43.5 "G" fitting.

 

This boot in my size in Antique Cognac Cordovan:

 

64b3627f_VassOEII.jpeg

post #14650 of 20253
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Originally Posted by DonRaphael View Post

Thanks. They're model #5200 (www.vass-shoes.com) in brown museum calf, F-last (size 41). I believe NMWA carries this exact make up (might be where terrorsquad got it from initially, dunno).

Here're some more pictures from indoors: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




For what it's worth, I believe the F-last is much more appealing in smaller sizes. I have a pair in size EU41,5 as well, but the proportions of size EU41 are much more flattering. It looks much more sleek.
Thanks a lot for the details!

I am looking to get an F last Vass and even in the same size, I believe. At least from my research so far. I think I may be 41.5 due to my instep. I am looking at a derby so that may not be as big an issue as an Oxford.
post #14651 of 20253
Watchman I think you have targeted the right size and F should make for a beautiful bal boot.
post #14652 of 20253
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Watchman I think you have targeted the right size and F should make for a beautiful bal boot.

 

Thanks Roger.

 

Obviously your F last pics were instrumental in helping me to arrive at this conclusion.

 

I am very excited.  My shoe wardrobe is nearing completion.  My final grail will be a G&G bal boot in #8 cordovan.

post #14653 of 20253
F is beautiful.

lol @ "final" though!
post #14654 of 20253
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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

Gentlemen,

I am just about ready to pull the trigger on my first pair of Vass. 

Once my kicks on the Bay sell the ball will roll.

I thought I had everything figured out and was gonna get the "U" last, but I have recently found myself in deep appreciation over the "F" last.

Can you give me your experiences with F Last?  Fitting compared to other lasts?

I am 10E Barrie.  I am thinking a 43.5 "G" fitting.

This boot in my size in Antique Cognac Cordovan:

64b3627f_VassOEII.jpeg

MOTHERFUCKING SICK
post #14655 of 20253
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

F is beautiful.

lol @ "final" though!

 

Yes.  Totally understood.  I think what I mean is to turn my attention to other wardrobe pieces.

 

I would like to have some MTM SC and suits.  I have several nice pieces now.

 

My thinking is instead of picking up shoes all the time, to get one or two top tier shoes and boots a year.

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