Attila Shoes Budapest

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  1. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    Well, I'm not sure if this thread will burn up the Internet, but here is a pair of oxfords I just received from Attila Shoes Budapest.

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    This pair is made up in calf on their German last with a double sole. I didn't specify any details beyond those and the color (which I picked from a small selection they show on their website). So what you see is how they make up their shoes given general specs.

    Experience ordering was really very good. The store manager, Gabriella, was very easy to work with via email. Her English is excellent and her replies were timely. I paid with PayPal, in advance.

    Mailed tracings and measurements of my feet to Attila for sizing. These were paid at their custom pricing, although I don't know how much the shoemaker adjusted the last for my feet as opposed to simply using the tracings and measurements to pick the best standard size.

    The shoes are unmarked as far as I can tell, so I can say what they finally fit me in. I will have to ask.

    It was about six weeks from invoice to delivery.

    Shipping was a little expensive, but my guess is that they don't ship internationally very much.

    I'll wear this pair around to judge the fit and to see how well I like them overall. At the moment, I could certainly see ordering from Attila again.
     
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    Hi, Was in Budapest and visited the store. Great experience. Gabriella was so easy to work with. Ordered the full brogue oxford, single sole. I should get them in Sept. I will let you know my thoughts as well.
     


  3. FrankCowperwood

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    Excellent! So team Attila SF has two active members now. I would love to visit the store and Budapest itself more generally.

    What last, leather, and color did you choose?

    I hope you can post some photos when the shoes arrive too.
     


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    I will certainly post pics when they arrive. I went into safe mode as this is my first pair with Attila. I ordered the Oxford, full-brogue model, black color, calf leather, with "Hunor" shape, welted simple outsole, with half vibram soles on them, with whole rubber heels, The Hunor shape is bit more elongated with a longer vamp. The vibram rubber to the leather sole is an item I always add after buy new shoes. I liked that they offered this option and were $20.00 usd cheaper than the shoe store. I also ordered at no cost rubber to cover the leather heels and nails. I do not like rubber soles, but I do like rubber to cover the leather sole.
     


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    Sounds extremely practical and a good decision for a first go with a new shoemaker.

    FWIW I my choice for a first shoes followed a similar logic, but I dress casually most of the time, so the light color was feasible. It's paler than I expected, but the hue is pleasant and different in a good way.

    I'll be interested to see how the wingtip looks on the Hunor toe. It's an elegant looking last certainly. It has that chisel shape from the side and is nicely rounded still from the top.

    I have my eye on the Louis and Attila lasts. I'd also like to see the Manuel last in person, since that seems to be Attila's classic Austro-Hungarian shape. All for the future though...[​IMG]
     


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    Interesting. Pricing?
     


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    My total was 570 Euros, shipped.
     


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    Not bad.
     


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    I'm working under the assumption that my first impressions of the quality of construction and materials will hold true over the long run, but If that's the case then not bad at all, I'd say.

    Direct price from Vass comes in cheaper, but I assume Vass is a much bigger shop than Attila (even if both are comparatively small), and so has some economies of scale that Attila doesn't.

    Attila certainly has a wide array of lasts and leathers to choose from.

    Edit: Also, note that Attila's RTW pricing is lower (by 100 Euros I think), but that they don't carry much RTW according to Gabrialla. @NYer now in FL should be able to comment on this further since he's been to the shop.

    I suppose it then depends a little bit on how much work they do to customize a last to your foot, which I haven't been able to figure out.
     
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    Hi, I only looked at the made to order shoes. Their hand painted shoes were beautiful. They were about $50-$100 more a pair. I am going to get a pair if my first pair is what I expect. I do believe the quaility will meet all expectations. I examined the shoes and on the second visit, purchased the pair. I tried on some different lasts and skins such as eel and calf leather. I have visited the Vass store on numerous occasions. I have never liked the styles and found the personel not very accomodating. My experience at Attila was very pleasent.
     


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    very interesting! subscribed
     


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    really dig this hand stitching and die work

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    Do you have any opinions on the box calf Attila uses? It seems different to me from Vass and Carmina. I like it quite well so far.
    Welcome! Attila does offer quite a range of classic and modern styles and lasts, as well as that great hand painting you point out. The regular box calf finish is certainly very nice too. Have a look at the leather options as well. Some serious exotics (at least as far as shoe leathers go... salmon?). I'm tempted by kangaroo and always have been by ostrich. I have this feeling I need ostrich Vass loafers though. Another day... :nodding: I'm not sure if the colors they show are it (for example, just four colors of calf), if there are more, or if the hand painting is intended to cover the extended color range. I've got another calf makeup in mind, maybe for the end of 2014. Going to hold off until I really assess the fit on these German oxfords.
     
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    It is very interesting to see these small shoemakers come out of the woodwork with very impressive potential...
     


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