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post #1 of 35
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I just took some pics of our most recent samples, for the new website which we hope to have up sometime soon. I thought I'd share: "Medallion" oxford, cognac, U last "Old English" cap-toe oxford, antique cognac, U last "Budapest" wingtip oxford, red-cognac, U last "Budapest" wingtip oxford, oxblood, U last cap-toe full boot, antique cognac, U last Chukka boot w/double sole, oxblood, U - last. My new favorite shoes.. Norweger, antique cognac, P2 last whole-cut shoe w/medallion, black, P2 last plain wingtip, reversed suede w/clear sole finish, P2 last, And last but not least, a preview of some new styles: That 3-eyelet derby is amazing. I'm definitely going to have to order myself a pair of those... Also, keep your eye on the buy/sell section, as we will be doing a sample sale soon. Sorry though, we won't be selling any of these particular shoes
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Don't particularly care for the shapes, really. Save the P2 last whole-cut, which is a fine shape. The others have too squared a toe, and too severe an arch for my tastes, though if I recall correctly, the first pics you posted could've come straight from Apparel Arts photos of the 30s. I am curious though of the Hungarian tradition of shoemaking. Was it prevalent before the Soviet occupation and during the government before that period? I am surprised that it survived through that and up through now, as it must've been difficult for a bespoke art to survive during that time (cf. certain applied arts in Russia). Thank you for any information that you can offer. H.
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Don't particularly care for the shapes, really.  Save the P2 last whole-cut, which is a fine shape.  The others have too squared a toe, and too severe an arch for my tastes, though if I recall correctly, the first pics you posted could've come straight from Apparel Arts photos of the 30s. I am curious though of the Hungarian tradition of shoemaking.  Was it prevalent before the Soviet occupation and during the government before that period?  I am surprised that it survived through that and up through now, as it must've been difficult for a bespoke art to survive during that time (cf. certain applied arts in Russia). Thank you for any information that you can offer. H.
Just found their site. Most of my questions answered there, though I do wish the timeline was a bit more specific. It's an interesting story of the preservation (and revival) of an apparel art.
post #4 of 35
Nice shoes Andrew, especially the 3 eyelet: a Vasserrier   Originally posted by Horace:
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Don't particularly care for the shapes, really. Save the P2 last whole-cut, which is a fine shape. The others have too squared a toe, and too severe an arch for my tastes, though if I recall correctly, the first pics you posted could've come straight from Apparel Arts photos of the 30s. .....
Horace, have you seen some bespokes from Cleverley or Lobb Paris? These Vass' definitely capture the lines and look of a bespoke.
post #5 of 35
fantastic. most of these I haven't seen at the shop in Budapest or on the vass website. please let us know when your website is up and running.
post #6 of 35
I'm drooling over that 3-eyelet. The U-last is very pleasing to my eye, when did Vass start using this? koji
post #7 of 35
Wonderful shoe pornography. Yes, the three eyelet derby is amazing. Love the look and the color.
post #8 of 35
I love this - this goes into my HOF (File->Save Page As...) B
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A Harris - quick question: The suede Chukka, why does it have a v-notch on the back? Its interesting looking, I dont think I have ever seen something like that before? Is it merely for aesthetics, or does it serve some purpose, comfortwise perhaps?
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Andrew: Thanks for the pics. Are those new shoes on the U last, or a new last? The 3 eyelet looks very nice (as do virtually all of the others.).
post #11 of 35
Andrew, why do you call those wingtips on the "U" last "Budapests"? I thought that the Budapest was a specific last with a rounded, high toe box?
post #12 of 35
Discount for board members???  I really like those chukka's too (the oxblood ones). In fact, I like them so much I'll be going to Sky Valet in DC tomorrow to ask about what their price would be to order a pair.
post #13 of 35
nice i really like the "Budapest" wingtips and the chukkas where are these available and what is the price range?
post #14 of 35
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Andrew, why do you call those wingtips on the "U" last "Budapests"?  I thought that the Budapest was a specific last with a rounded, high toe box?
there are at least two terms "Budapest" (and that particular shoe fits neither of them): The last Vass calls "Budapest" is the traditional high toe box style used throughout Hungary, Austria and Bavaria. Here is a typical "Haferlschuh" the traditional dress and work shoe in Austria and Bavaria: Not only is the toe box extremely squared, it even rises. This is to prevent the toes becoming wedged while walking downhill. Traditionally all Austrian and Hungarian shoemakers have adopted variations of that shape. Ludwig Reiter calls it a "Viennese last". The generic style term "Budapester" (used in German speaking countries) refers to a full brogue wing-tip derby (blucher), a style that is without doubt the signature shoe of the Vass workshop. So why that shoe is called "Budapest", I don't know, as it is neither on a Budapest style nor a Budapest last. Probably artistic licence from Mr Vass. Every child needs a name.
post #15 of 35
Those are some very fine shoes indeed. What is the story with pricing and availability?
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