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We certainly offer individual MTO service - we've actually had a few guys place orders this week. But this is working with existing lasts and sizing. The single-pair upcharge for that is 30%.

Vass isn't a true "bespoke" manufacturer in the full sense of the word. They don't completely customize a shoe to the exact sizing of your feet. However, they can make slight modifications to their existing lasts in order to accommodate a specific sizing quirk. But this is something that you'd have to arrange with them and you would have to travel to Budapest in person to do it. They also require that you purchase a set amount of shoes per season to keep your last on file.

If you typically fit well into most shoes, then it's not necessary IMO. Vass lasts have a brilliant fit already, and many guys find them to be the most comfortable shoes in their wardrobe by far. And with an individual MTO, you can specify something like a 42 for the right and a 42.5 wide for the left. So it's entirely possible to get a fantastic fit within their usual production.

But, I would certainly encourage anyone on here to visit Budapest! I used to live in Vienna, so I've been there many times. It's an awesome city with a lot to discover, even if it's not on the radar of most people's destinations in Europe. I can definitely point you in the direction of some rocking paprika chicken...
I think so, but let me confirm that. My notes only say that they can do wides.
It's going to be be great! "Dark Cognac" is a medium tan calfskin that's been hand-burnished to a dark tan color. It looks like this:

I did not know VASS does not offer a true bespoke? Thank you for clarifying that. On the other note I have been to Vienna and Budapest, the both are magnificent cities. I too would strongly encourage anyone to visit both cities. It is only a couple of hours bus ride from Vienna to Budapest and if anything it is worth of visit just to spend a day in one of many thermal bath or spas in Budapest.
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I did not know VASS does not offer a true bespoke? Thank you for clarifying that. On the other note I have been to Vienna and Budapest, the both are magnificent cities. I too would strongly encourage anyone to visit both cities. It is only a couple of hours bus ride from Vienna to Budapest and if anything it is worth of visit just to spend a day in one of many thermal bath or spas in Budapest.

How does one get there from London? As in the best way to travel there for a quick trip.


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New Vass Cordovan to whet your appetite:

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New Vass Cordovan to whet your appetite:

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Amazing. Would love to hop on an order for these.
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How does one get there from London?

Click your heels together three times.

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We certainly offer individual MTO service - we've actually had a few guys place orders this week. But this is working with existing lasts and sizing. The single-pair upcharge for that is 30%.

Vass isn't a true "bespoke" manufacturer in the full sense of the word. They don't completely customize a shoe to the exact sizing of your feet. However, they can make slight modifications to their existing lasts in order to accommodate a specific sizing quirk. But this is something that you'd have to arrange with them and you would have to travel to Budapest in person to do it. They also require that you purchase a set amount of shoes per season to keep your last on file.

If you typically fit well into most shoes, then it's not necessary IMO. Vass lasts have a brilliant fit already, and many guys find them to be the most comfortable shoes in their wardrobe by far. And with an individual MTO, you can specify something like a 42 for the right and a 42.5 wide for the left. So it's entirely possible to get a fantastic fit within their usual production.

But, I would certainly encourage anyone on here to visit Budapest! I used to live in Vienna, so I've been there many times. It's an awesome city with a lot to discover, even if it's not on the radar of most people's destinations in Europe. I can definitely point you in the direction of some rocking paprika chicken...
I think so, but let me confirm that. My notes only say that they can do wides.
It's going to be be great! "Dark Cognac" is a medium tan calfskin that's been hand-burnished to a dark tan color. It looks like this:



Speaking from personal experience, Vass' calfskin stands up to lousy weather brilliantly. And I opted to use calf here instead of scotchgrain to keep it on the dressy side, so that it would be a great match for flannel and tweed suiting. And when the weather is lousy out, this will be your best friend...


Tarrago Nano Protector

We sell a ton of it because it's the best product on the market. It will waterproof the leather and the welt. The Vibram sole will give you excellent traction in the rain and the snow.

 

Appreciate this information.  Will eagerly be checking your website.

 

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I did not know VASS does not offer a true bespoke? Thank you for clarifying that. On the other note I have been to Vienna and Budapest, the both are magnificent cities. I too would strongly encourage anyone to visit both cities. It is only a couple of hours bus ride from Vienna to Budapest and if anything it is worth of visit just to spend a day in one of many thermal bath or spas in Budapest.

 

Yet another nod for Budapest.  I'm a rather big fan of the place myself.

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Click your heels together three times.

Does this still incur airfare taxes?

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Does this still incur airfare taxes?

If you are in London --  emphatic yes.

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New Vass Cordovan to whet your appetite:
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Oh my god, those are stunning! Love the goyser with cordovan match. I know that guys are keen to do a dark cognac cordovan makeup, so I put in an email yesterday to see how much leather we can secure for an immediate makeup run.
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How long does it last before needing to be re-applied? also how strong is the waterproofing? Could I now walk in a rain storm and not have to worry about water seeping in at all? Spray on any leather?

Sorry been considering this for a while and never gotten on it.

It's really excellent. Check out its online reviews here:

Now, I can speak for my experience. I've used a single coat and reapplied after 3-4 weeks. I find that this "weatherproofs" the boots so that they can shrug off rain or snow. But that's for NYC weather, you might do two coats or reapply more often if you're in an area with more rain.

And the Tarrago can only work as well as your shoe is constructed. Even if you drench it in Nano protector, you can still get your foot very wet if you step into a puddle and your shoes or boots have a space to let water through. Its purpose is more to protect the leather finish than to turn ordinary boots into fully waterproof rain boots.

But that said, spraying this on our incoming Theresianer Boots would give you a product I wouldn't hesitate to wear in a complete, psycho downpour. Or for a casual snowy day walking on plowed sidewalks. If the weather was really horrible or snow really deep etc, then I'd still advise breaking out the Bdsean boots.
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I did not know VASS does not offer a true bespoke? Thank you for clarifying that. On the other note I have been to Vienna and Budapest, the both are magnificent cities. I too would strongly encourage anyone to visit both cities. It is only a couple of hours bus ride from Vienna to Budapest and if anything it is worth of visit just to spend a day in one of many thermal bath or spas in Budapest.

My pleasure, and good call! I love that part of the world. The Vienna tourism board is going to have to put me on salary for all the cheerleading I do for that place.
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How does one get there from London? As in the best way to travel there for a quick trip.

Flight from LON to VIE is pretty easy and inexpensive. I used to do that a lot to teach photography in London. Not sure about a direct flight to Budapest, but you could easily do a day trip there from Vienna by train. Couple of hours each way - it's an easy ride.
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New Vass Cordovan to whet your appetite:

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Amazing, what color is it?

Where did you get it?

post #71 of 225
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Amazing, what color is it?
Where did you get it?

Alt Wein is "whiskey" - though much, much darker than my Alden whiskey.
Straight cap toe is antic cognac - it is insanely nice.

I now have P2 and 3636. Both are great lasts, but I much prefer the P2; it has a low instep (good for me) while the 3636 has a high instep.
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LOVE the Whiskey. Really nice color that looks like it will age beautifully.
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Not sure this is a style that will generate a lot of love, but these are cool. I mean cool......







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Does Vass offer an H-width (extra-wide) in all last or only some?

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those sandals above remind me of gladiator....

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