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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. fritzl

    fritzl Well-Known Member

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    as slewfoot already mentioned. the u and f came out of an cooperation between ugolini and vass. these kind of relationships are not unusual among workshops.

    on a random note, i have seen u-lasts labeled japan in the workshop of mr. berta, who produces the lasts and trees for vass. afaik, he's the only provider. i assume this particular last was for a bespoke/mto client.

    i have yet to see one labeled vox or f.c., lol
     
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  2. Dr Nemo

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    The posts on the thread are very informative. Thanks to all of the contributors. Checking on the collective wisdom of the UVP thread: I'm considering buying Vass 43.5 wholecuts on the New Peter last from another SF member. My feet are typically US10.5D. Should I just say "What the heck, they're great shoes" and go ahead, or are there any other issues to consider? All comments are most welcome. Thanks in advance. --Chris
     
  3. F. Corbera

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    :)
     
  4. thecentennial

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    For those that have had the pleasure of buying shoes directly from Vass, do they tend to manufacture and ship by the due date, or run over?
     
  5. fritzl

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    what can be the motivation for this question?
     
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    Who is G, and please someone tell me this is a false rumor. Anyone have any idea/estimate what Vass's output capacity is in a week for hand welted shoes? For instance how long would it take to fill a 100 pair order in a single style/model?
     
  7. fritzl

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    G is me and the source is very reliable.

    i know the number for shoe trees is around 2500 - 3000 per anno. do the math.
     
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    Fritzl - a few quick questions on the topic when you have a moment:

    1) Have you seen any Vass Goodyear welted shoes and noticed a difference in feel and quality?

    2) Will they be making Goodyear welted shoes across their entire range or just certain lasts and/or styles?

    3) When will they begin Goodyear welting or have they already?
     
  9. fritzl

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    sure:

    1) no, i haven't.
    2)i don't know yet.
    3) dito

    as i said, i had a reliable source(can reveal via pm) and it sounded like the transition is in progress. the opening of the new store is another indicator, imo.

    if you ask me, the gyw versus handwelted discussion has taken place several times and everyone made his conclusions. imo, it's more a loss for the craft and can probably be a gain for the brand as the serial production eliminates inconsistencies. atm, it's a bit reading the coffee ground.

    i expect a meanwhile international brand like vass to communicate with their customer base and the retailers, when the time is ripe.
     
  10. Gdot

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    I presume they will continue to offer hand welted shoes as well.

    I can't imagine that they would give up the handmade craft entirely. After all, it is key to their current success. And they obviously have a team of craftsmen who have the skills.

    I can respect the businessman's desire to grow financially. I just hope they add on to what they have without destroying it. I don't even own a pair yet. :embar:
     
  11. rikod

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    Trying a new lens and learning, I've posted these many times before, one of my favorites, pardon the indulgence

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    order soon then :D. Honestly, honestly that is not important for me, i just don't care one way or the other.
     
  13. Gdot

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    To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I care either. I just want to be able to have the first hand experience and to see for myself the difference.

    Your new camera is obviously working for you. Hope to see more quality photos of your excellent collection.
     
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  14. Xenon

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    Well that explains why they need to move to goodyear. You can't grow a business on these numbers.
     
  15. rikod

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    Thank you very much!, very kind
     
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    Most likely (if the rumor has any truth to it) VASS will make machine made shoes at a lower price point and raise the prices for hand made shoes. I do not see any other way for VASS to proceed with Goodyear.
     
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    Fritzl, I've ordered a pair that are due to be completed on the 25th June. I have my annual leave on the 1st July. Would like (LOVE) to bring them with me.
     
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    I, for one, intend to start panic buying.

    I can see the headlines 'Hungarian economy bounces - i-gent rush on hand-welted shoes'
     
  19. Gdot

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    :lol:

    Probably all too true.

    The panic on StyFo is bound to build into a feeding frenzy. You can bet the hand welted models are going to get marked up.
     
  20. MeowMeow

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    Have the hand -welted shoes gone up in price yet?
     

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