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You can say what you want about JL prices, but there are, far and away, the best shoes that come thru my hands for re-finishing. Actually, none come to me for 'refinishing', only a different finish....I get plenty of $1000 shoes that need to be RE-finished (i.e. fixed).
Fair enough. How do you think they compare to Vass?
Quality wise, very similiar. Lobb offers far more interesting uppers though, and a more universal shape selection. Vass is a very segmented brand - the F last, while it takes pretty pictures, looks impossible to fit, and would look good only up to size 9, IMO. Very few people could pull it off well. The Budapester last is a certain customer.....Peter last also a limited appeal. Vass are surprisingly light (a mark of a great shoe, btw) but very stiff and unforgiving. Present alot of difficulties commercially, which is why they have no business here, really. Doesn't make sense, I know, as they offer a fantastic value....they have an appeal but I think it's best served in their own shop/market. Lobb, on the other hand, knows exactly what they are doing pattern/last/material wise, and they know how to market and serve their core customer. I know people here throw darts at them due to the prices, but like I said, their guy doesn't worry much with price and I don't think they have much need to explain. From my side of the fence, they are as well organized as anyone out there....admire them alot.