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post #991 of 1303
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vass is in the transition to more machine work.

That's very disappointing. Any idea when they will make the transition?
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with bigger market and to to keep prices reasonable they have little choice i guess..

mebbe. one problem is to find skilled craftsmen and young people, who want to learn the craft.
post #993 of 1303
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That's very disappointing. Any idea when they will make the transition?

already in progress.
post #994 of 1303
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already in progress.
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...not gemming, surely?
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...not gemming, surely?

what's the alternative?
post #996 of 1303
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what's the alternative?

blake/rapid seems the lesser of two evils, IMO.
post #997 of 1303
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blake/rapid seems the lesser of two evils, IMO.

not for their clients.
post #998 of 1303
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according to what i wrote about vass. it is not necessarily a bad thing.

i'd been told by a shoemaker, who has first hand information and he just had been sad, that part of the trade/craft is dying on the long run.

for those, who have the chance to visit vienna or budapest, it opens a whole new world of possibilities in various price ranges.

there are more fish in the sea, quasi.
post #999 of 1303
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Thats good to know, thanks. Regarding quality of construction and material would you rate this superior to Vass? Any information on sizing will also be helpful.
I think both use largely the same suppliers for their material, although I don't know whether or not they buy the same qualities there. I do think HD has a better selection of suede and textured leathers. Apart from their iconic Rio, HD's last shapes are less recognizable, although as much catering to different feet proportions as Vass's. Their sleekest last is the Luzern. I personally have grown to preferring the HDs because I think the quality control is superior to Vass's by far.
post #1000 of 1303
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tbh, i dunno what to make of the recent HD interest??? actually, i recommend the same route as with vass and see what works for yourself. should be easy...
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tbh, i dunno what to make of the recent HD interest??? actually, i recommend the same route as with vass and see what works for yourself. should be easy...

Can you recommend a Vass alternative that is easy to deal with (i.e. can order over the phone etc)?
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Can you recommend a Vass alternative that is easy to deal with (i.e. can order over the phone etc)?

first of all, i'm not a fan of ordering shoes w/o trying on them.

well, what's easy? actually, i try to imagine where the difficulties could be? that said, i have access to some makers within short travelling. on the other hand, i don't have access to most of the italian or english offers without extensive travelling. i don't mind travelling and taking some effort to get good results, though.

imo, there's no definite answer to your question.
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Can you recommend a Vass alternative that is easy to deal with (i.e. can order over the phone etc)?

first of all. vass makes a very good product. i'm no expert in dealing with them. i have a sentimental connection to them. actually with everything shoes - i allow myself the "transition" wouldn't let me lose sleep or worry me.

if i would be in your situation, i would look into two scenarios.

1. rikod and sstomcat have had nothing but good experience, in this case vass. i mean look at tomcat. it took him a few weeks only to get to the top with vass. both are extremly helpful and i'm sure they can answer all your questions. go for it.

2. don't be shy. order a pair from a maker you wanna try. choose a simple style - a staple model. ask which information they need from you. be precise. if they do not fit, exchange according to the information you gathered from the try on. go from there.
post #1004 of 1303
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Can you recommend a Vass alternative that is easy to deal with (i.e. can order over the phone etc)?

Vass is very easy to deal with
post #1005 of 1303
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this mini thread is quite useful, imo

shoes in vienna
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