Originally Posted by teddieriley
great items e - sorry they didn't work out.
Originally Posted by nyarkies
Nice boots! If they were on the U last, i will definitely get them.
The F is a very nice last, and I'm told Vass isn't willing to make high boots out of shell cordovan anymore.
Originally Posted by sho'nuff
always want to know what makes sellers want to sell big ticket items like this pair of shoes after waiting for the order to come in. is it sizing issue or just changed mind?
To be completely honest, there are a few reasons. One of which is that I actually ordered a chukka. The other is that the size may be a bit large, at least with the thinnish socks I wear daily. They fit snugly with thickish socks, like light hiking ones. So it may be that the fit is just right. My feet are a little strange though,... as supposedly all our feet are. On a Brannock device, mine measure about 10.25 C-D left and 9.75 D-E right. So ideally, one would get custom shoes. Which leads me to the deciding factor: meeting DWFII last weekend and ordering a high chukka/George boot
that he posted a few months ago. It's exactly what I've been wanting for several years, namely a low boot that would easy on/off and protect my ankles from the rain and my ankle bones in a fall. It would be perfect for motorcycle or bicycle commutes. Chukkas are a little too low = not enough protection. Balmoral and derby boots are a little too high = too restrictive on the bicycle and more time on/off (I'm usually running a little late...). I thought of getting chelseas, but decided the elastic sides wouldn't protect my ankles enough. Jodhpers were an option, but I'm told they aren't great for walking. Sanders makes a beautiful George boot, but I wasn't convinced about the quality. So I decided to meet w/ DWF. I enjoyed our meeting tremendously and am looking forward to the George boot from him. That said, part of me wants to keep the Vass boots. They are really gorgeous, and of all the shoes I showed DW, he was most impressed by the Vass due to the fineness of their stitching, the hand-welting (non-gemming) and deerskin lining (he thought). But I figured I'd offer them up here. Thanks for the Q, Shoe! Btw, I didn't have it in my OP, but the boots come with F-lasted Vass trees in 43.