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post #16 of 38

Really interesting brand for sure. How did you come across them?

 

I love some of those leather. I have wanted Kangaroo for awhile. I have also been looking for a bit more sleek PTB and really dig the Genova shape

post #17 of 38
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Yup, I think Attila has very good potential.

One oddity is that they apparently don't do a double sole without Goyser stitching. I thought this was an option from the website (at least in English) and I asked for it. But got a no. Only single soles can have the standard hand welt. Maybe it is all clear in Hungarian.

I ran across their website just from Googling Hungarian shoes. You know, when nothing was going on here at SF and I needed something to do...

Emailed them and got an email back promptly from Gabriella.

Genova PTB would look sharp.
post #18 of 38
Keeping an eye on this one, as well. Interested to hear long term impressions...
post #19 of 38

Hi, I thought their calf skin was actually a bit softer than Vass.  By a picture it looks more stiff and less giving, but in person, it is the exact opposite.  The calf skin is more subtle than you would think.  The color hues on the shoes is truly beautiful. 

post #20 of 38
They're on the same street as the 2 Vass stores and it's a small store with not a lot of shoes on the window display. I remembered walking by the store but I was not too crazy about their traditional lasts. Hungary has a history of shoe making it just took a bit of time for people to discover this. Even the person I know in Hungary do not know this.
post #21 of 38

Hi, I visited the Attila store in July, 2014 and the window display off Vaci Street had about 15 shoes.  Entering in the walkway, the store itself has another 20-25+.  Certainly enough display shoes on the store shelves to understand the shoe.  The Vass store is so small and cramped, it is not as comfortable to casually browse imho.  I can tell you the finish on the Attila hand painted shoes are stunning. 

post #22 of 38
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Originally Posted by NYer now in FL View Post

Hi, I thought their calf skin was actually a bit softer than Vass.  By a picture it looks more stiff and less giving, but in person, it is the exact opposite.  The calf skin is more subtle than you would think.  The color hues on the shoes is truly beautiful. 

The calf feels softer to me than other calf shoes I have. Definitely a difference when compared to Vass. I like how the Attila calf wears out of the box. I will want to see how I like it in a few months.

I certainly agree with you that the finish on the pair I have is rich and subtle.
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Originally Posted by mebiuspower View Post

They're on the same street as the 2 Vass stores and it's a small store with not a lot of shoes on the window display. I remembered walking by the store but I was not too crazy about their traditional lasts. Hungary has a history of shoe making it just took a bit of time for people to discover this. Even the person I know in Hungary do not know this.

It seems as if there are at least half a dozen impressive Hungarian shoemakers, just from my limited knowledge. Each one may not be precisely to everyone's taste, but there's no doubting the tradition and heritage that comes through in the shoes that I've had the chance to wear.

Attila seems to be quite small. Gabriella said they didn't have much of an RTW selection (I was trying to see if they'd just send me some shoes off the shelf). They seem to prefer to measure your foot and then make a pair to order, at a markup, of course... smile.gif

I did find out that the pair I have is a 10UK. Don't know if it is a wide or standard fitting. I'm going to guess wide. So my feeling is that the foot measurements aren't the basis for any kind of real customizing, rather just the way Attila judges sizing for customers.
post #23 of 38
Soms pics I took today, the store itself is closed because of holidays unfortunately so I didn't get a chance to look inside. I will be back in Pest on Friday to check out some other stores.







post #24 of 38
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Thanks for posting the photos. Let us know what other stores you visit and your impressions.

Wearing my oxfords today:


Fit is snug. Was uncomfortable across my instep for a bit but seems I have settled in. They could not be any smaller though. Seems to be a dialed in perfect thin sock fit right now. I'm waiting for my feet to tell me otherwise. 😄

I'll have to see about Gabriella's advice for a winter sock fit.
post #25 of 38
I also went to Vass, Buday and Rozsnyai. I was surprised how small the old Vass store is and how little they have on display. Their staff (two middle-aged females in my case) were very friendly.

Of the 3 mentioned makers Rozsnyai's shoes appealed to me the most style-wise. Quality wise Vass looked to have better calf leather than the other two makers. I ended up empty handed, I guess I'm more appreciative of Northampton made shoes.
post #26 of 38
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Thought I'd mention that I emailed Gabriella about something and she said that Attila will have a new website soon with more options on it.

She thought it would be live in the next couple of months.
post #27 of 38
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Thought I'd mention that I emailed Gabriella about something and she said that Attila will have a new website soon with more options on it.

She thought it would be live in the next couple of months.


Did you order from them by phone/email? Would love to know how that went. I am thinking of getting a pair of goyser boots made in a traditional austro-hungarian last, and considering who to get them from (Vass hasn't replied to my emails yet)

post #28 of 38
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@sleepyinsanfran
I ordered by email using the contact info on the Attila site. Gabriella is very helpful, though it may take a few days for her to get back to you.

I suppose there's no reason why you shouldn't call. Gabriella's English is very good in emails, so I think you would have success talking with her on the phone too.

One thing to consider though is that Attila only makes MTO shoes once they have measurements of your feet. Gabriella explained to me what to do and I mailed tracings and measurements to the shop in Budapest. The shoes I got based on this are very close to being a great fit. I'll address a couple of small issue in a second order later this year or early next.

No such sizing issues with Vass (if you can figure out what size you want, they send it to you).

On the other hand, Attila accepts PayPal while Vass I believe still requires wire transfers.

Vass probably a shade less expensive depending on what you are getting. But there's not a huge difference in price. I assume it is because Attila is smaller.

Anyway, good luck. I hope you get the boots you are looking for.
post #29 of 38

^ Thanks!  Attila don't have boots listed on their website, but maybe they'll make me a pair...

post #30 of 38
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Probably worth asking, I'm sure.
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