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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. chinngiskhaan

    chinngiskhaan Well-Known Member

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    what are current vass prices if you don't mind me asking?
     
  2. Joenobody0

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    For calf, about the same as Alden. I don't know about shell.
     
  3. Beatlegeuse

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    Alden calf is between $500-$550, with a few models actually below $500. I don't think you can get Vass calf that low.
     
  4. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Well-Known Member

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    Ok, whatever you say.
     
  5. TtownMD

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    Actually you can get them around 500 usd that include shipping for vass suede & calf shoes give or take directly. Not comparing to main USA stores were Mark up is high as any other euro shoe.
     
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    Actually you can get them around 500 usd that include shipping for vass suede & calf shoes give or take directly. Not comparing to main USA stores were Mark up is high as any other euro shoe.
     
  7. MoosicPa

    MoosicPa Well-Known Member

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    Wh

    Where? I don't have any Vass, but for that price I'd pick up a pair or two....
     
  8. TtownMD

    TtownMD Well-Known Member

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    Hey please check your pm.
     
  9. Watchman1

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    The thing about Vass is the sizing. Can be hard to do for nonstandard width over distance.

    What is so attractive for me about Alden is that I know that the fit will be good.

    Vass are indeed incredible and I am awaiting them to restock their exotic shell supplies so I can have them make me something.

    However, Alden are a great shoe in their own right. ALL the rare Aldens I have acquired recently have been as flawless as any other maker.

    Vass are not immune to flaws...check the recent Vass thread for further details.

    Does Vass build a better shoe? I think we all know the answer to that...

    Nevertheless, I find it interesting that there is such a strong demand for Aldens in Germany which is actually Vass country.

    NAMOR's Vass collection makes me want to try them for sure, the only reluctance is sizing...

    Thanks.
     
  10. TtownMD

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    Well said watchman & ppl all ways want what they can't have :)
     
  11. Watchman1

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    Hey Joe,

    Alden are actually orthopedic minded shoes...

    So, in that regard, being orthopedic is ok...

    Vass are incredibly attractive, aethsetic and pleasing to the eyes...yes, that is all true, but, have you dialed in your sizing with Vass lasts yet?

    My understanding is that "F" is one of the most TTS.

    Alden on the other hand are available in a myriad of widths regularly...
     
  12. TtownMD

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    That part you are very correct Alden do accomdate all width & sizing. Vass sizing is tricky if you have wide feet. But once you figure out your sizing you are golden.
     
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  13. Joenobody0

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    Vass is available in widths as well. The F last is available in narrow, regular, and wide RTW. There's also an extra narrow that can be obtained MTM, and I'd assume an extra wide is as well.

    I'm still unsure of my size. The crowd suggests it's either a 40.5 narrow, or maybe a 40. However the couple odd men out who wear a 39.5 make me a little nervous. I'd really like to pick up a 40 or 40.5 on the cheap for sizing purposes. It can be a bit tough to know, right off the bat, how a new last fits. A little wear time goes a long way towards identifying the fit issues. In two years I'm going to Budapest to get a last made and then no more bs.
     
  14. sleepyinsanfran

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    Wait - so you're singing Vass' praises without having found your size or tried a pair or seeing how it wears longer-term? I can understand if you like the aesthetic, but I was surprised you were so strident about it
     
  15. Joenobody0

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    I'm looking for my ideal fit in this particular last.
     
  16. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen,

    @Joenobody0 Bespoke/Custom Lasts are, by far, the most ideal. That is where I would like to eventually end up myself. If my vocation ever takes me to Italy or Hungary I will do so.

    @TtownMD That golden Vass fit is what I am hoping to do in the VERY near future. I think I may have struck gold with my recent EB MTO through Skoak. But Vass is at the very top of my list...like, if they were able to provide me with what I wanted...I would order today...

    However, Alden are currently providing me with a very good fit and the aesthetic is good IMO.
     
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  17. peppercorn78

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    Hi Joel,

    You still haven't gotten your whiskey EB yet? Seems like it was shipped ages ago! I'm so eager to hear how it works out and see pics.

    And you REALLY will only wear shell? Nice calf can really wear like a dream!
     
  18. Watchman1

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    Gentlemen,

    This issue of elegance and style here on the Fora seems to surface with regularity. Typically, you have 2 camps on 2 opposite sides of the spectrum. One side says that the sleek Euro lasts, with their symmetrical and clean lines are more aesthetically pleasing. And, they say this well, for very often this camp is correct. Then, diametrically opposed to them is the camp who says that their clunky and chunky, hearty Americano lasts are utilitarian and rugged and good for them. These chaps herald proper fitting shoes and boots as their motto. And, they rejoice in their position and rightly so.

    If patina trumps pristine, then fit is paramount.

    We must keep in mind the relative quality of elegance.

    The definition of elegance is as follows:

    "The quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner; style..."

    My assertion is this: What is elegant for one gentleman may not necessarily be elegant for another. Genuine Elegance is determined by some key principles. And, I think you men will agree.

    1. Fit. An ill fitting shoe or boot is the epitome of inelegance. Nothing screams taboo more than a man in an ill fitting set of footwear. If a man is wearing the right fitting shoes, then he is FREE to be as gentlemanly as his inherent nature allows him to be. Put him in a bad fitting pair and not only is he self conscious about the fit, but he is not free to be himself.

    2. Proportion. If certain patterns for shirts and suits help a man to enter into genuine elegance; then what makes us think footwear is not the same? It is the same in my mind. Men should wear shoes and boots that help them to maintain a certain level of aesthetic appeal. A short and chubby man should probably steer away from long pointy lasted shoes. Etc.

    I think that we here make a tragic mistake when hue out a certain sartorial dogma and then essentially demand that everyone line up with our concepts.

    Beware of sartorial legalism...

    The best thing to do is meet men where they are...and then help them mature into what they ought to be...sartorially speaking...

    Thanks.
     
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  19. peppercorn78

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    Plenty of Vass lasts are chunky and robust. In fact, their signature styles are the big honking budapester a and norwegers with reverse goyser welts and double soles!
     
  20. Watchman1

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    Yes Sir,

    They are held up in NYC customs...they are said to be outbound to me at this moment. I am eagerly awaiting their arrival.

    And yes, at this moment I have NO calfskin shoes that I wear in rotation. Shell Cordovan is a hobby for me. And, I am a bit of a collector as well. I enjoy a plethora of styles from all the varying makers around the world.

    Alden represents the foundation and cornerstone upon which my shoe rotation is built. Then, I get to build the superstructure with all the other goodies.

    I will be the first to admit that wearing cordovan exclusively is a bit eccentric...but, I am ok with that...[​IMG]

    Thanks.
     
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