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post #61 of 87

This all looks rather fantastic. How many fittings are typically required - is 1 visit to the store and then receiving the shoes in the mail sufficient?


This looks like a good alternative to paying for Kow Hoo in Hong Kong.

post #62 of 87
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Originally Posted by Isochronous View Post

This all looks rather fantastic. How many fittings are typically required - is 1 visit to the store and then receiving the shoes in the mail sufficient?


This looks like a good alternative to paying for Kow Hoo in Hong Kong.

My understanding is that they take your measurements in shop once and make your first pair from that. These aren't custom lasts I don't think. They are likely modify their lasts to suit the customer.
post #63 of 87
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My understanding is that they take your measurements in shop once and make your first pair from that. These aren't custom lasts I don't think. They are likely modify their lasts to suit the customer.

Yes, one initial visit to the shop is all it took for me. I picked a last to work from (the salesperson did offer input on which one would best work for me) and then tried on various sizes offering feedback. Though I think an intermediate fitting would have only helped with the sizing.

Funny you mention a Hong Kong shoemaker. I was hoping Attila would be step up from Zee's in HK but really not comparable. Better quality, more choices in lasts, but at 2.5-3x the price and much longer wait. But I would get a second pair from Attila though order in person. That way I could better explain and show what improvements could be made from my first pair.
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post #65 of 87

@mebiuspower Any idea if that pricing list is VAT inclusive?

post #66 of 87

And on a side note, am I the only one who finds those croc/caiman prices to be unreal?!

 

Edit: unreal, in the best way.

post #67 of 87
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@mebiuspower Great photos! Thanks.

I really do want to find some way to get into the shop to talk through my fit with them.

Edit: Also did you buy anything?

@ericgereghty Those prices look to be what I've paid. My understanding is that there's not VAT deducted from those.
Edited by FrankCowperwood - 11/10/15 at 11:05am
post #68 of 87
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@mebiuspower Great photos! Thanks.

I really do want to find some way to get into the shop to talk through my fit with them.

@ericgereghty Those prices look to be what I've paid. My understanding is that there's not VAT deducted from those.

Gahhh, definitely frustrating, but final prices are still exceedingly reasonable.

 

Do you by chance recall what your shipping fees were? Hopefully I tad less than 100 lol.

post #69 of 87
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Gahhh, definitely frustrating, but final prices are still exceedingly reasonable.

Do you by chance recall what your shipping fees were? Hopefully I tad less than 100 lol.

Yes, it's always nice to get that VAT discount, even if you are then facing have taxes added back on at delivery. Better one than both.

Shipping was expensive. I remember 80 Euros. Maybe they're gouging, but I think it's more that they don't ship much. Look up how much it would cost to ship a box to Hungary by FedEx/UPS. Ain't cheap if you aren't a commercial shipper. I think Vass ships a few more shoes internationally... wink.gif

I'm not sure Attila is compelling, screamingly cheap, rather a way to get nice shoes made the way you want them. Of course, there are other ways to to do that in this price range. So you just have to like what they do and go with it. The need for a fitting is the thing. It makes it a little tougher. On the bright side, it gives you an excuse to go to Budapest. "But honey, I NEED to visit the shoemaker in person." Ha ha.
post #70 of 87
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post


Yes, it's always nice to get that VAT discount, even if you are then facing have taxes added back on at delivery. Better one than both.

Shipping was expensive. I remember 80 Euros. Maybe they're gouging, but I think it's more that they don't ship much. Look up how much it would cost to ship a box to Hungary by FedEx/UPS. Ain't cheap if you aren't a commercial shipper. I think Vass ships a few more shoes internationally... wink.gif

I'm not sure Attila is compelling, screamingly cheap, rather a way to get nice shoes made the way you want them. Of course, there are other ways to to do that in this price range. So you just have to like what they do and go with it. The need for a fitting is the thing. It makes it a little tougher. On the bright side, it gives you an excuse to go to Budapest. "But honey, I NEED to visit the shoemaker in person." Ha ha.

Lol as someone who ships fairly frequently around the US (thankfully at discounted rates!) I can attest to the cost...and it still ain't cheap with the discounts!

 

I've told friends I plan to travel to Europe, with that reason being one of the primary goals. The reactions were exactly what you'd expect lol.:dozingoff: 

post #71 of 87
Thank you for posting the pics. Do you know if the custom-made price includes the cost of a custom last, or does Attila not make custom lasts?
post #72 of 87

Sorry I did not speak to the sales rep there so I cannot answer any of your questions.

post #73 of 87

  I had the pleasure of visiting the shop in February after having placed MTM orders at both Vass and Rozsnyai earlier that day.  

  I'd been familiar with their work for some time and already knew that I wanted a Budapester, so the only thing I had to hem and haw over was the choice of color(s).  I tried on a few different sizes but ultimately decided to go the MTM route here, as well.  Unlike with Rozsnyai (if my understanding was correct), there would be no one-off cost for a last - the shoes would cost the same each time.  

 

  After taking measurements of my feet, Gabriella remarked that I was joining a special company of perhaps only 5 or 6 other people that she'd measured whose measurements were identical for both feet.  One of the others was Sir Roger Moore, and if I recall correctly, the drawings of his feet were framed and hanging in the shop (I'd like to think the other men in this elite group included Sean, George, Timothy, Pierce and Daniel).  

 

 I opted for two-tone Budapesters in cognac grain and milk-chocolate brown and then promptly distracted myself with other shoes while I waited the 3 months for these to be finished.  Shipping, as mentioned by others above, was not cheap, but was on par with what I had paid for my two pairs of Rozsnyai Budapesters.    

 

  As I hope you'll see (and agree), the shoes turned out very well.  In fact, I wouldn't hesitate to say that they're among the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own.  Unlike with my Vass and Rozsnyai MTMs, there's really nothing that I would request changed regarding fit for my future orders.  I've worn them a few times now and received several compliments.  

 

  I revisited Budapest in April and again in October and popped my head in the shop each time.  It was nice to be remembered and chat with Gabriella and I was able to check out some newer leathers there a few weeks ago.  It's possible that I would try another last in the future but for now, I'm buck nutty for Budapesters.  I saw a great color combination on a pair of Maftei Budapesters in Vienna last month that I'd really consider emulating on my next Attila order.

 

  The only cons I can think of are:

  - Gabriella didn't seem to think that flush metal toe tips were possible.  I've had them installed post-purchase on most of my shoes but I would've liked to have had the option to avoid going that route here.  I decided to try something different and went with Vibram top soles here and so far, they've held up well.  My gait leads to early toe-wear so I'll be keeping a close eye on these.

  - They didn't come with a shoebox.  Looking back on it, I don't remember seeing shoeboxes around the shop before and there were actually several pairs in paper shopping bags on a bench during my most recent visit, as if they were waiting to be shipped out or picked up. It certainly wouldn't keep me from ordering from them again but after all the time and attention spent in crafting these shoes, it seemed a bit of a shame to receive them without any presentation beyond the dust bags.  

 

  

 

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  Thanks for taking the time to read my impressions and I'll post more pictures of future orders as they roll in.

post #74 of 87
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Really super combination. I think there's so much to be said for that shape. I see a pair on this Manual last from Attila in my future.

Thanks for posting the photos!
post #75 of 87
Good lord those are delicious 👍
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