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So, I sent the shoes off to Jon Gray, who proposed: [*] Tongue pads;

Tongue pads? Jon's a shoemaker right, so why the amateurish fix?

Not sure. He's also suggested insoles with an arch support so maybe he's just not sure how much to adjust, as he's not seen my feet in those shoes. (I should have asked him to bring them to my recent shoe fitting.)
post #332 of 347
Unfortunately, the shoes still did not fit me after Jon Gray's adjustments. Not sure what to do with them yet, but they are shelved for now.

Here are pictures of the sole and its edge, polished by Jon. Apologies for bad pics as usual.



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Newbie here thinking about my own Hungarian adventure...any advice on best value, or bargains like these to be had?

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Newbie here thinking about my own Hungarian adventure...any advice on best value, or bargains like these to be had?

are you planing to go there?
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Not imminently; I was just discovering that Vass etc. seem like great value compared to other stylish makers of "proper" shoes: one thing that stands out is that some charge only a little more for MTO/MTM, relatively speaking, rather than three or four times the RTW price like their English counterparts.

 

But I was intrigued by this thread - I didn't plough through all of it, but it seems some people have a handle on some interesting clearance or other special-source items.  I'm wondering how to get my hands on some, and for how much?  You seem to be an active man around here, so advice is very welcome!

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Not imminently; Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I was just discovering that Vass etc. seem like great value compared to other stylish makers of "proper" shoes: one thing that stands out is that some charge only a little more for MTO/MTM, relatively speaking, rather than three or four times the RTW price like their English counterparts.

But I was intrigued by this thread - I didn't plough through all of it, but it seems some people have a handle on some interesting clearance or other special-source items.  I'm wondering how to get my hands on some, and for how much?  You seem to be an active man around here, so advice is very welcome!

alright. imo, you cannot go wrong with Vass. they have a decent selection of lasts accomodating different shapes of feet. guys know their stuff and imo most important is to deal with them directly.

another company I'm very fond of is Maftei in Vienna. very flexible and with the knowledge of an bespoke operation.
post #337 of 347

Thanks for the tip - I've heard of Maftei; Austrian with Romanian roots I think?  Lovely shoes, but they are a lot more expensive than Vass, right?

 

Also, what about these mystery bargain shoes you've been fishing out?  Are such things still available, or did that ship sail some time ago?  (Just in case, it's a UK 9.5 G fitting, sometimes up a half size with an oxford as my instep's higher than average) So 43.5-44 wide sounds about right...

 

P.S. I'm new here..."Warning: Spoiler!" on my previous post.  Er...what?!

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P.S. I'm new here..."Warning: Spoiler!" on my previous post. Er...what?!

no worries. everything ok.
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Thanks for the tip - I've heard of Maftei; Austrian with Romanian roots I think?  Lovely shoes, but they are a lot more expensive than Vass, right?

the actual quote from Vass is € 480,- shipped to the US.(+/- the daily conversion changes). Maftei's RTW/MTO is in this ballpark. their bespoke shoes had a slightly increase over the years after people on the foras complaint that they are to cheap. go figure.
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Also, what about these mystery bargain shoes you've been fishing out?  Are such things still available, or did that ship sail some time ago?  (Just in case, it's a UK 9.5 G fitting, sometimes up a half size with an oxford as my instep's higher than average) So 43.5-44 wide sounds about right...

i'll pm you. thanks for asking.
post #339 of 347

Thanks for the quick replies!  Just curious as to what the "spoiler" message means - not worried, intrigued!  Can someone explain!

 

The quote I have from Vass would be E420 for a normal pair of shoes RTW, which, less Hungary's crazy 27% sales tax but plus shipping outside the EU, probably comes back up towards 400.  I've never been in touch with Maftei, just seen them talked about here and there.  Thanks for the tip, it sounds like they're worth talking to. 

 

I will get right back to your PM - thanks again!

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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Thanks for the quick replies!  Just curious as to what the "spoiler" message means - not worried, intrigued!  Can someone explain!

The quote I have from Vass would be E420 for a normal pair of shoes RTW, which, less Hungary's crazy 27% sales tax but plus shipping outside the EU, probably comes back up towards 400.
 I've never been in touch with Maftei, just seen them talked about here and there.  Thanks for the tip, it sounds like they're worth talking to. 

I will get right back to your PM - thanks again!

afaik, the spoiler tags have been introduced to focus on the message in a post.

like I did now.

pm is working. this is an information for readers of this nice thread. approved. by johnny cash and other gods in this universe. ty
post #341 of 347
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Thanks for the quick replies!  Just curious as to what the "spoiler" message means - not worried, intrigued!  Can someone explain!

The quote I have from Vass would be E420 for a normal pair of shoes RTW, which, less Hungary's crazy 27% sales tax but plus shipping outside the EU, probably comes back up towards 400.  I've never been in touch with Maftei, just seen them talked about here and there.  Thanks for the tip, it sounds like they're worth talking to. 

I will get right back to your PM - thanks again!

Add in shipping (they charge 30 EUR for fedex) and shoe trees (30 EUR) and you get to 480 EUR. As far as I know, they don't remove VAT. You may get hit with customs fees and a broker fee by FedEx but there's no way to know about that until it happens.
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Add in shipping (they charge 30 EUR for fedex) and shoe trees (30 EUR) and you get to 480 EUR. As far as I know, they don't remove VAT. You may get hit with customs fees and a broker fee by FedEx but there's no way to know about that until it happens.

well, i quoted € 480 for the package within the daily conversion. thank you for giving the details.

prize for export is netto, so the VAT is removed already. you'll get a simplified quote. right? don't nail me. It's vass business and conditions may vary from country to country.

no need for panic. this is not the vass thread, though. and on a random note: I feel better, definitely.
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KiK, Fritz, thanks.  I didn't order from them yet; just noticed that the prices they quoted me were "inclusive of Hungarian sales tax at 27%" for EU sales.  But I'd feel pretty robbed if they tried to charge me for a tax for which i wasn't liable.  Sure, there's an import duty for me to pick up on delivery, but that's only 5%, and if they mark the goods as "not for resale", I might get away with that too!  Anyway, if I order from them, I'll let you know.

 

Sorry for the Vass diversion.  Now I want to get some "paprika"!

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Sorry for the Vass diversion.  Now I want to get some "paprika"!

no worries. alright then.... happy.gif
post #345 of 347

Hey Fritz; you got any paprika for me then?!  43.5 wide, or thereabouts?

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