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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. Saratorial_Splender

    Saratorial_Splender Well-Known Member

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    Vass finish is very poor out of the box. I am not sure they polish their shoes to a professional finish and they leave it up to you to do that. Their finish is dull and flat. To get a high gloss finish and feed your new dry leather, here is what you do:

    1. Apply Saphir Renovateur Pommadier in thin coat and let dry for two hours, then buff with brush. Let stand for 24 hours then buff again.

    2. Apply Saphir Creme polish, let dry for 30 minutes, then polish again.

    3. Apply Saphir High Gloss wax polish (See the Shoe Snob) for procedure. Polish again.

    This should give you a nice polish that is even, deep and glossy. You could eliminate the last step or polish lightly if you do not need the high gloss finish. You shoes will love you!
     
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  2. Zarium

    Zarium Well-Known Member

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    Let dry for two hours? Really? The instructions on the Saphir Renovateur show to let them stay on for only 3 minutes. I cannot fathom what bad (or even good) it might do to let the renovateur sit for that long.
     
  3. rikod

    rikod Well-Known Member

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    I agree.


    This is true, I don't think they are dry, just dull like you say, I just apply a little saphir renovateur and brush after 15 minutes, and then any wax polish and brush again and they are fine. I ordered those particular black shoes with the "italian polish" and they came like that so I didn't had to do anything. I really like the high shine in black shoes only, that's why I ask for the Italian polish like they call it.
     
  4. Fiddler

    Fiddler Well-Known Member

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    I had this kind of trim in mind...what do you think?


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    The above edge trim on the shoes below:


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  5. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Well-Known Member

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    "Dear Louis XIV

    I am glad to inform you that your shoes are ready!
    We are shipping them for you via FedEx Priority Service!
    Tracking number: XIV
    Link: www.google.de or www.fedex.com/de
    If I can help, please contact me!

    Sincerely yours,

    Rezső Kuti
    Sales Manager"

    :bounce2:

    I handed my order in on 19th of november, they received my payment even a few days later as my bank card was broken.
    Exactly one month turnaround time for a MTO handmade shoe, excellent!
    Now fingers crossed size and last will fit my feet, would make for a lovely christmas present!
     
  6. NAMOR

    NAMOR Well-Known Member

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    Vass is so fast. Love it. Should organize a group MTO
     
  7. Mr. Six

    Mr. Six Well-Known Member

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    Dark brown austerity brogue, single sole (i.e. what I want to order anyway).
     
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  8. Cal135

    Cal135 Active Member

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    Something different. Better pictures later


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  9. hendrix

    hendrix Well-Known Member

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    Freaking amazing how will you wear?
     
  10. terrorsquad

    terrorsquad Well-Known Member

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    I just did a group MTO with Vass.All 15 shoes have arrived with their respective owners.They we all finished and sent out within 1 month.

    There were some hiccups but Vass has been quite responsive in dealing with them
     
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  11. Cal135

    Cal135 Active Member

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    Thanks. Plan is to darken part of the boots (but will test drive them as they are first). These are for casual wear. Best with narrow pants. Could look great with white suit, but not sure where I would wear one.
     
  12. Fiddler

    Fiddler Well-Known Member

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    The benefits of that aren't immediately apparent. Group MTO is helpful to get around restrictions like AS' 6 pairs rule and to get some good deals. But from what I see Vass has no restrictions on what you can order/configure and it's fixed pricing so you don't save. In fact, you pay the proxy a bit more for his trouble. Vass are so easy to deal with I cant see how a group MTO can make things better. But maybe there's some hidden advantage I missed.

    That is regrettable, hope the chaps get sorted out.
     
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  13. Zarium

    Zarium Well-Known Member

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    A group MTO with Vass helps because of the telegraphic transfer fees involved. With a group buy, the payment is consolidated so the fees are a one-off thing.

    What is Vass charging for a pair of shoes in calfskin again? I forget.
     
  14. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Well-Known Member

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    Calfskin is 420€, matching trees are 30€.
     
  15. Fiddler

    Fiddler Well-Known Member

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    Is that all? I remember it being a trifling amount...30S$ for me. assume anyone with 450 euro to drop can afford 30-40 euro in fees.

    And I am sure the money you save in fees, you pay a fair bit more than that towards higher price you are charged by the proxy...so where's the real benefit?
     
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  16. terrorsquad

    terrorsquad Well-Known Member

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    This is correct. And also the fact we got a better price overall (below retail) since we ordered as a big group rather then dealing direct with them alone. I estimate we saved approximately USD60 per person (taking into account taxes, bank fees), some even more as shipping was combined. Not a lot but its still money for small timers like me [​IMG]

    A horrible picture of some of the shoes that arrived. Camera (an excuse for my lack of photography skills) and weather was shitty.


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  17. Fiddler

    Fiddler Well-Known Member

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    I am quite a shameless bargain hunter and I got a pretty sweet deal (below prices mentioned here) from them even though I was by myself and ordered just two pairs...you just have to know how to ask.
     
  18. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Well-Known Member

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    :drool: one each please
     
  19. Zarium

    Zarium Well-Known Member

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    OK, so €40 is a trifling amount for a "shameless bargain hunter".

    So...is knowing how to ask bargaining with Reszo? Something along the lines of "discount plz, first time buyer long time customer"? Along with a request for a purchase order with the Vass letterhead detailing your order, you must be quite a fun person to work with! But hey, maybe I'll pull that card out if and when I decide to get my next pair from them alone. Maybe I'll get a "pretty sweet deal" too.

    I know you're going to respond with some sort of statement saying I'm always siding with proxies and I'm a friend of a proxy or even that I'm a proxy myself. I'm not on their side. I have never met Terrorsquad in person (all our communication has been through email). And I'm not a proxy for Vass.

    The problem with you is that you seem to just chide and deride proxies any chance you get. Photos of your new shoes - some smartass comment about how you successfully ordered alone and proxies suck. Chiming in with sizing advice - another smartass comment about how Reszo was so helpful and proxies were useless.

    We don't need to read all that shit. Many have had great experiences with using proxies and are happy to pay the premium (what, you think they don't know buying direct from Vass is an option?). I've read that some decided to go the route of using a proxy after buying direct from Vass didn't turn out quite right. Evidence is there - that sometimes; sometimes, proxies help.

    You, and many others, are content with buying directly from Vass; that's all fine. But I don't see those many others shit talking proxies all day long as if they had some deep rooted vendetta within.
     
  20. Zarium

    Zarium Well-Known Member

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    Pictures of my pair of austerity brogues from the group buy (to buffer the above post):

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    Austerity brogues on the U last, in size 40.5. Antique cognac. Single leather soles, no metal taps. Italian polish.

    I've completely stripped the Italian polish finish (with Saphir Renomat) since the sides were flaking off (look at the sides of the shoes in the pictures, you can see some weird creases) with some sort of residue. It's a much more muted look now, but I like it.

    Also, one thing to note is that I think Vass' antique cognac colour is now different from before. This looks more like that 6125 dark cognac colour than what I originally wanted. Still doesn't detract from its beauty, though. It'd be nice if people with more recent orders made up in antique cognac can chime in about this, since Reszo mentioned it himself.
     

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