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The Ultimate Vass (Footwear) Thread (Pictures, reviews, sizing, etc...)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. jokb

    jokb Well-Known Member

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    ^ Beautiful! perfect for fall
     
  2. shue1726

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    Hi guys, seeking some advice. I fit yanko 915 lasts size UK8 pretty comfortably. For Vass U last, should I size up? I have a couple of magnanni as well as a pair of santoni dbl monks on UK 8 too.
     
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  4. Notch

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    Thought I'd mention that we are taking pre-orders on a model arriving in December: Vass Old English II in gold musuem on the F last. Single leather sole with rubber toe tips. Will be on the website for approximately 600 USD excl. VAT, sizing ranging from 40.5 to 44.5 (smaller and larger sizes are possible on request).

    Taking Pre-order because we received(d) a lot of interest for this exact same model as a MTO, that we decided to offer it as a RTW.

    More models in the make as well, all in good time :)

    PM me if interested!
     
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    Does Vass make chelsea boots?
     
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    i asked the same question a couple of weeks ago. They don't make chelsea boots unfortunately.
     
  7. Notch

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    Indeed, no Chelsea nor Jodphur boots!
     
  8. ericgereghty

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    Any reason why, out of curiosity?
     
  9. Notch

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    I think it is the same reason why they don't do a reversed stitch; It' not that they can't, it's simply because they feel the model is not Austro-Hungarian enough, or is too much related to a certain brand.
     
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    I'd think of it as Edward Green producing a Budapester shoe
     
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    Would be a great insult to Vass, no doubt.
     
  12. mimo

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    Vass didn't invent the Budapester. I don't see any insult. And Vass do make an "English" oxford, and even have at least two "English style" lasts (R and S). So even if EG did make a Budapester-type shoe on a deep-toed, Austro-Hungarian style last, I don't see much difference.

    However, any company that doesn't make something as structurally unsound as a Chelsea or as ugly and iGent-bullshit-y as a Jodphur, is alright by me.

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    Wonder if a pair of seamless wholecut double monks are an insult to the JL Chapel as well... ;)
     
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    You're on a rampage today...
     
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    Does anyone happen to have the R last next to the EG 82 or 202?
     
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    Just go to the Vass shop and look at all the lasts in person already.
     
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    Why is a Chelsea boot structurally unsound? Established English firms make them, so do the bespoke Japanese makers such as TYE.

     
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    They aren't "fall apart" structurally unsound, but eventually, the elasticity will wear out and they will feel a little loose on the foot.
    And there'll be no way to replace it, apart from taking the whole boot apart and sewing in a new elastic band.
     
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    Not sure if this is hyperbole or me reading too deeply into your words but I have asked this question to StC and Cleverley and the replacement of the elastic sounds like a relatively easy procedure that they do when needed.
     
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    You may well be right.
    I've never spoken to these 2 makers, but when I first considered the (inevitable) problem, I didn't think there would be a easy way to do it.
    The elastic band has to be stitched into the uppers during the closing process, that occurs prior to lasting.

    And when it needs to be replaced, it would seem extremely awkward or difficult to stitch on the new elastic with the boot intact, especially around the "U" part of the curve (that's quite deep and close to the insole), trying to manoeuvre the intact boot through a stitching machine. Maybe it can be done that way, or maybe there's a very specialised stitching machine that can accomplish this, but I'd thought one would need to remove the outsole, undo the inseaming, detach the uppers from the insole and welt, remove the loose elastic, stitch in the new one, re-last the boot, redo the inseam.... which is, almost, remaking the whole thing.

    So now that you mention it.... maybe that's the reason why Vass doesn't do chelsea boots.
    Because if the replacement of the elastic requires very specialised machinery, then it would go against their principles of doing everything (apart from closing), by hand.
     
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