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post #961 of 968
Ah man, you guys got me so excited about AS now. Really surprised at the value proposition given the activity of this thread pales in comparison to Vass, Carmina, C&J, and Meermin. In the next sale I think I'm going to buy 4 or 5 models. Now I wonder how AS Handgrade compares... One would think it is Vass / GG / EG / JL level since there is nowhere left to go. If only they offered it in size 6 UK!
post #962 of 968
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Originally Posted by Ironist View Post

Ah man, you guys got me so excited about AS now. Really surprised at the value proposition given the activity of this thread pales in comparison to Vass, Carmina, C&J, and Meermin. In the next sale I think I'm going to buy 4 or 5 models. Now I wonder how AS Handgrade compares... One would think it is Vass / GG / EG / JL level since there is nowhere left to go. If only they offered it in size 6 UK!

I find the fit similar to rain last from Carmina (I wear same size in both.)
post #963 of 968
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I find the fit similar to rain last from Carmina (I wear same size in both.)
The 724 is similar to rain? Or which last?
post #964 of 968
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The 724 is similar to rain? Or which last?
724 yes
post #965 of 968
Thread Starter 
Personally, as one who wears UK 6F in AS, I find it to have good room a the ball with a tight waist and good heel cup fit. For the price, it is a good value. They are just gaining steam since they had some organizational changes many years ago but for the past few years they have established a good business model (at least from my perspective as a customer). Their leather is not as nice as G&G and their burnishing is not as creative as EG, but again, those are hundreds more in comparison.

I definitely prefer AS over Carmina (I've never owned Meermin so I cannot comment) but it's just my preference towards "sturdier" feel of shoes. Vass is an interesting comparison since they cater to a different look I think. My issue with Vass sometimes is that they are not as consistent with their final product (which is to a point expected with their manufacturing model).

Although I have a number of JL, I do find them overpriced for stock shoes.
post #966 of 968
Are you referring to AS exclusive?
post #967 of 968
Thread Starter 
Yes, AS Exclusive. I also think AS Country range is very good; I do not have any HG at this point so I cannot comment yet.
post #968 of 968
AS is very underrated. I have the Alex Jodphur boot on the 724 and I love it. The sole finishing is awesome and the upper leather quality is just a good as a CJ handgrade. I also own 2 pairs of CJ handgrade, I just lean more towards my AS.
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