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I am considering a pair of Vass "MTM" shoes, probably a medium/dark brown blucher on the U last, but I'm curious as to the thoughts of the board (including A. Harris) as to the quality of Vass leather and the amount of antiquing Vass does. Specifically, how would you compare it to Edward Green or (even better) C&J? Also, is the banana last the same as the U last? Thanks, Montecristo
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The banana last is most assuredly NOT the U last. The U last is (to my eye) a French - or Italian-styled last, with a longer vamp and a squared off toe. The banana last is a very curved last, hence the name which is based on the fruit whose shape the last resembles. I didn't see ANY antiquing at the Vass store, as I recall. I believe Vass use very high quality calfskin, though I'm sure Andrew can fill use in. My shoes certainly have a very fine grain and a high polish, though again no antiquing.
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Vass uses a very high grade of calf, as good as anyone. The weakness, if any, lies in the depth of the selection. We are looking into some additional suppliers so that we can offer a greater range of colors, and of grained leathers. As shoefan mentioned, Vass shoes are not antiqued in the way an Edward Green, or even a C&J handgrade are. In the polishing phase, they highlight the leather with darker polish, but it is very subtle. We are working on some antiqued shoes, in fact I have what is perhaps the first antiqued prototype sitting next to me here. So in the future, that may be an option. As shoefan said, the U last and the Banana last are very different. The U is very long and slim, with a fairly pointed chisel toe, and fits appx. between an English C and D width. The banana is shorter, wider, and heavier in scale, with a pronounced asymmetrical shape (curved on the outside, straight on the inside.) You might also look at the P2 last which is a slimmer and more elegant version of the banana.
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Does a catalog exist for Vass shoes? If so, how can I procure one?
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Does a catalog exist for Vass shoes? If so, how can I procure one?
A catalog does exist. I got my catalog at their shop in Budapest. They have a web page, which shares much of the same information as the catalog. After some wear, I can attest to the high quality of Vass leathers. They are not antiqued, however. This is fine with me, as I prefer to "antique" them through wearing them.
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The banana is shorter, wider, and heavier in scale, with a pronounced asymmetrical shape (curved on the outside, straight on the inside.) You might also look at the P2 last which is a slimmer and more elegant version of the banana.
I have a Vass Budapest on the banana last and while the shape is not especially elegant, it is perhaps my most comfortable shoe.
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