Originally Posted by Jerry52
So how do you guys like Vass for "bang for buck" compared with Aldens or Santonis or Crockett & Jones or Ferrigamo??? How does it compare for comfort and build quality and visual appeal? Is there a reliable seller of Vass that offers some discounts? I take it some of their shoes are available under $500 US? Thanks...Vass seems like the "gray ghost" on this board--- well respected but not nearly as discussed as Lobb, Green, etc. It's a recent discovery for me and I'm sort of curious...Of course they might not fit my 12-C foot very well, which is the story of most imports.
Vass is one of the best RTW shoemakers in the world, completely handmade; they do welt by hand, only 5 (I think) other RTW makers do this, as far as I know are Silvano Lattanzi, Paolo Scafora, Stefano Bemer, Stefano Branchini, and Kiton. I would take any of these handmade shoes if I were rich like Michael Dell.
Vass is the cheapest of the 5, I would think. though.
I don't think Barrett or Bonora do this as the other 5 do, I could be wrong. Barrett does some handwelted shoes, but not to the exent of Vass or the others I had mentioned.
Santoni, Edward Green, John Lobb uses Goodyear Welted Machine assistance in their shoemaking.