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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. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    This is an extremely helpful post.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sure would be nice if we could have stickies with items such as this.

    Thanks again.

    Dan
     
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  2. SHS

    SHS Well-Known Member

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    Ilovelobbs, thank you for your reply and insight on this maker. Very helpful. I will guote it in the Buday thread. Concordia, thank you for the link. Looks interesting.
     
  3. greverif

    greverif Well-Known Member

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    I made an order yesterday and it seems like they have increased their price for cordovan. I wanted my shoes in antic cognac shell cordovan and got this answer:

    "Thank you for your email!
    Yes, the Cordovan shoes are for 230.- Euro more. The requested model can be made ready for you with the double sole. It is for 420.- Euro available. "

    I choose to buy my shoes in regular leather for 420 Euro.
     
  4. bertie

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    Rikod - are your loafer and derby above the same size in the F last? If yes, how does the loafer fit relative to the derby. My Vass derby and double monk fit looser than my oxfords by a noticeable margin in size 45.
     
  5. rikod

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    They both fit perfect but I guess this is because they have my foot prints with measures and they adjust things to fit my foot so all my Vass fit mostly the same in every style.

    If you order by sizes, I would definitely recommend, without any doubts, to downsize at least half a size for loafers. That is my experience not only with loafers from Vass, but other makers as well like GG, C&J and Alden.
     
  6. sm31

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    Can you say more about this? How did you provide them the foot prints, etc.? In person?
     
  7. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    It's been over 3 months - I have a gut feeling what answer is...

    I know the Lobb Chambord model and EG Dover are stitched by the same guy, so there no shortage of those shoes for me. He's making a bespoke pair for me at moment.
    Only wished Vass could handle such a labour intensive request....
     
  8. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Agree -

    but bear in mind the pain around the instep whilst breaking into them...

    Once you have settled into the shoes, they should fit snugly like a pair of vicuna glove
    If your loafers come in too comfortable, remember loafers have no lace mechanism
    to tighten them at a later date...insole is the answer.
     
  9. bertie

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    Thank you very much for this.
     
  10. bertie

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    I have been very lucky and my "guess" (which involved reading every Vass post SF for months) resulted in the right size the first time I ordered. I actually hate loafers and despite my being firmly middle aged think they project a country club image I don't care for. That said, the Vass loafers actually look really good to my eyes and I may risk the order just to try them.
     
  11. rikod

    rikod Well-Known Member

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    I googled how to measure my foot, I did it, scanned the prints and sent to Vass by email
    Yes, I had a pair that the problem with the instep made them almost unwearable
    You are welcome
     
  12. chogall

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    Keep us updated, don't think Vass will do it tho.

    Seems like going bespoke is an easier route. Or SC's MTO...
     
  13. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    More blast from the past.....and present...
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  14. dddrees

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    I noticed that there's a number of Vass MTOs advertised on eBay by the following seller:

    ascot_shoes

    Has anyone purchased their Vass shoes this way, or is just better to order directly from Vass?
     
  15. HRoi

    HRoi Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather order from the SF members who offer the same service.
     
  16. gyasih

    gyasih Well-Known Member

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    Order from Vass.
     
  17. RogerP

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    I would say there are advantages and disadvantages to both routes, rather than declaring one to be "better".

    It's cheaper to buy directly from Vass. And of course, you get to choose style, last, colour, and materials. But if Ascot (or another reseller) has a shoe you want, that factor becomes a push. And re-sellers offer both immediate delivery (versus a 4-6 week wait) and multiple convenient payment options. Whether those factors are worth the premium is up to you.

    I have purchased 2 pairs of Vass shoes from Ascot, and I am very happy with both product and service - particularly the promptness and ease of communication and quick shipment by registered post (versus a courier, which invariably attracts both full duties and taxes as well as additional brokerage fees). In fact, those two factors alone easily make up for the price difference versus direct order from Vass shipped by courier.

    And standing in line at my bank, wading through wire transfer forms and waiting for several days for confirmation of transfer is decidedly less convenient that than the half-dozen mouse clicks and keystrokes it took to make payment to Ascot.
     
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  18. dddrees

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    Good points, and I was starting to think the same thing about some of these points you made as well. I just wanted to confirm that I wasn't the only one of the same opinion. Thanks for taking the time to respond and share your thoughts.
     
  19. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    I thought these looked kinda neat.
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  20. RogerP

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    Funky. Bold. Very different colour combo. Me like.
     
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