Hello Vass people.
I have been inspired by @RogerP's collection to buy my first pair of Vass shoes soon. I would like last and model suggestions. I'm looking for a black captoe for the most CBD of CBD wear - Minimal broguing; maybe a line just at the toe cap, but no more. (Is this quarter broguing? Eighth?)
I haven't found many lasts from other makers that fit my feet very well. I have wide feet with a high instep. Allen Edmonds Park ave in 10E are pretty terrible. The arch support is in the wrong spot for my foot. They also feel snug throughout. I don't like the last shape. Would not buy again.
Carmina Rain last in 9.5UK is better in terms of last shape and comfort, but still feels snug on the top outside edge of my foot, and leaves more of a v split in the lacing than I'd like. The split is tolerable, but sub-optimal. the shoe also seems pretty long for my foot, but I might just not be used to shoes with a long toebox.
Would prefer not to go MTO, but would be willing to do so if it meant a great fit.
Can anyone compare Vass quality to Carmina and EG? I can get Carmina for substantially less (~$300 less) and EG for around the same price or a little less if I wait for a Brooks Brothers coupon. Also, is it much cheaper to buy direct if my might be in Hungary as a tourist in a year or two?