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Eye Candy for fellow shoe aficionado's

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by A Harris, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. AJL

    AJL Senior member

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    (kabert @ 05 Nov. 2004, 06:52) Discount for board members??? Â I really like those chukka's too (the oxblood ones). Â In fact, I like them so much I'll be going to Sky Valet in DC tomorrow to ask about what their price would be to order a pair.
    I actually really like both chukkas. Â Very nice indeed.
    Agreed.
     
  2. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    When are those "new styles" going to be available?
    As soon as we can convince stores to stock them.. It's a lot harder than you might imagine. They would rather sell RTW Lobb at the same price-point, even though Vass is a Lattanzi-quality shoe at a Lobb price. I understand why - shoes, like most of the clothing business, are still very much a name game. Louis in an exception to that rule - they prefer to pioneer new brands, as the Louis name is enough to sell whatever they stock.
    I had a conversation with the shoe guy at my local Neiman Marcus about who his typical Lobb customer was. He said that he had a few who were shoe enthusiasts like me and a lot who had a lot of money and bought the brand name. It would probably be very difficult for him to convert the latter sort of Lobb customers into Vass customers because nobody except the shoe enthusiasts has ever heard of Vass. Edit: Oh, and I love all of the shoes, but my favorites are those high-lace cap-toe boots.
     
  3. rjsphd

    rjsphd Senior member

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    Andrew,

    Fantastic shoes, really fantastic. The 3 eyelit is great. Do they come in stock widths for us fat footed types?

    Bengal-Stripe: who makes the shoes in the picture you posted? Amazing
     
  4. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    Have your guy call me, as per our last conversation.
     
  5. 9_Ball_Slim

    9_Ball_Slim Active Member

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    I really like the oxblood wing tips....
     
  6. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As soon as we can convince stores to stock them..
    Have your guy call me, as per our last conversation.
    Now, that's what I like to hear.
     
  7. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    I checked out the Vass selection at Sky Valet in Washington, DC, this past weekend. I still think the U-last is a bit too pointy for me, but I may be convinced by Andrew that in a chukka boot the result is "perfection." (Intrerestingly, there was someone else in the shop asking about Vass on the U-last -- someone who visits here perhaps?) I ended up trying on about 6 or 7 different pairs of Vass, in different sizes, lasts and styles -- both boots (lace ups and chukkas) and lace up shoes. My favorite lasts are the P2 and R lasts given the shoes I tried on. These lasts are contemporary and make a very nice shoe. I wasn't able to try on the U-last as they didn't have any U-last sample shoes in my size. There are some lasts, such as the Banana and Peter last, that are a bit too "traditional" and heavy-looking for me. Too much like an old-school Alden wingtip style to me (on the Barrie last perhaps?). Ultimately, I fell for a shoe in the "R" last that resembles the Edward Green Dover. It's the kind of shoe that you'll want to pull off the shelf in your closet (when you're not wearing it) just to admire it -- it's that good looking. There's no picture of it on the Vass website, by the way (there may be a picture of the shoes, but it looks completely different as it's on a much more conservative last).

    I asked the gentlemen at Sky Valet whether they could ask Vass if the shoe style could be made as a boot (similar to what is done by Edward Green with the Dover and the Dover-boot derivative). We'll see -- they're checking. If not, I'll probably just end up getting the Dover-style shoe....

    For anyone in the DC area who hasn't been to Sky Valet, do yourself a favor, they are superb. A great place to buy Weston, Vass, Sargent, Yanko and Alden. Plus, it's where I take nearly all my shoes for repairs. They are also very knowledgeable about shoes generally, shoe repair, polishing, etc.
     
  8. drljva

    drljva Senior member

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    Maybe that was me asking about the U-last; alas, not to be: my foot is too darn wide for that beautiful last. :-/

    Did you happen to try anything made from the Budapest last? Thinking about ordering one of those in a wing tip (in black or oxblood)...

    Cheers,

    JV
     
  9. TimelessRider

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    A. Harris - Thanks for the pics of the beautiful shoes. What color is the new model monkstrap next to the 3-eyelet blucher? Burgundy? Bordeaux?
    kabert - I remember this coming up a while back. Was it ever confirmed that this is the New-Norweger as pictured on pg 22 of the catalog? EDIT: quick snapshot of pg 22 of Vass Catalog
     
  10. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'll be checking Vass shoes out, right at the source.
    Later today, I'll be off to Budapest for a few days.
     
  11. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    FYI, if you were less than 8-8.5D US, forget about sampling a pair of Vass at Louis Boston. I made my first visit to LB this past summer, and NOTHING was stocked in the smaller sizes. Quite unfortunate really.

    Andrew,
    Any chance that Wilkes is going to stock Vass in the future? I'm glad they offered the Classic line from Lobb, but someone needs to carry something that's a little "less" English.
     
  12. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm envious. We'll be expecting a full report, bengal-stripe. Be sure to take notes. [​IMG]
     
  13. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They've agreed to look at my samples for next year. I'd love to have them carry the line, but it's going to be a tough sell. They carry a very large selection already, with no real gaps as far as styles go. They aren't carrying anything as well made as Vass, but I doubt that is going to help us - if they were to sell our shoes on that basis, it would mean detracting from their other offerings...
     
  14. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you're feeling lucky, the Vass sample sale is now going on in the buy/sell section.
     
  15. marc37

    marc37 Senior member

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    You can do it A Harris. Vass shoes are the best. Pour out your emotions to the buyer. Tell them how good the shoes really are. Change their thinking. lt's a tough sell but you [of all people] can do it. Let me know how it goes, [l will be interested].
     

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