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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. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    cute ;-)
     
  2. Guero

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    Has anyone taken a double sole U-last down to a single sole? I have a pair of Italian Oxfords with a double sole that look a little heavy and could stand to look a bit more refined. How skilled does a cobbler need to be to make such an alteration? If I can get it done, I'll post before and after pics. Thanks in advance for any helpful advice.

    --Guero
     
  3. Slewfoot

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    I've heard from Nick at VIP in NYC that it can be done. It's essentially a re-soling job and would cost the same.
     
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    very skilled. in order he has to adapt the heigth of the heel also.
     
  5. meister

    meister Senior member

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    turps is brutal. Denatured alcohol from the chemist is the stuff you want but gently Bently....
     
  6. meister

    meister Senior member

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    My cobbler took down the sole froma pair of Trickers years ago successfully. Even in those days 10 years ago it cost me AUD60. But then he got to keep the unused UK leather.
     
  7. Pliny

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    I have a pair of Oxfords on the U in double and I too was put off by the bumper car sole. For a while. It's grown on me, and as time passes and the sharp edges become rounded, and compressed by all the bumps and knocks (I'm brutal with shoes) they look much better. The sole blends with the upper in form and color. And I like the sturdiness of the double. The single has a tendency to develop a slight waver lengthways. Not enough to look bad, but it's noticeable.
     
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  8. Guero

    Guero Senior member

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    Food for thought -- thanks all.
     
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    I've also wondered about this....
     
  11. kev777

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    Cant you get in on this Stephen ?? With all the contacts here surely Malford Of London could handle this and i'll then buy off you. You have the site all set up etc etc Got to be better than Ascot FFS

    Bespoke England for Gaziano , Malford London for Vass.????
     
  12. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I'll look into it ;)
     
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    VRaivio Senior member

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    My guess is that the folks at Ascot shoes buy unclaimed MTO pairs directly from Vass. When I placed my MTO order with Vass, I didn't have to pay anything before the pair was finished. There must be some clients who change their minds every year.
     
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    I can't imagine it's this. Ascot has entire size ranges of different MTO models.
     
  15. kev777

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    If you check the Ascot ebay shop youll see that you have to wait for the shoes, as in they are a MTO. So that cant be the case although im not saying he hasnt some of those but check the link see what you think.
     
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    I really can't imagine why anyone would ever buy anything from Ascot Shoes. Their prices are always 30%+ higher than what you could get directly from Vass or Kolecho. I also don't find the models available on their site very nice. Not a good combo.
     
  17. Pliny

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    +1 don't understand why anyone would buy Vass from Ascot at his current prices, and his seem to be the very worst examples of Vass' craft. Is it poss they're some kind of practice shoes that Vass can't sell ? There are 20+ makers, clickers and sewers in the workshop and they must produce some seconds. Ascot does, though, have the odd bargain in other marques.
     
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    I doubt it's 2nd, I mean why does it take 7 to 10 weeks (according to his ebay side) to make MTO Vass second...
     
  19. Pliny

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    what i mean is practice shoes and seconds = some of both
    Vass is big on peeps 'learning the craft' over yrs. maybe some are MTO apprentice shoes
     
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    Hello all,

    I thought I'd share some low-grade porn of my first Vass. Sorry that the photography is not quite up to the standard of the thread. These are, of course, the Old English II in black calf, F last. You've seen them before, but I thought they might still be worth a viewing.

    I think that these fit me and that I should keep them, but I am still wrestling with the decision. My heel and arch feel good in this size, and the ball of my foot seems to be right where it should be. But I do have that extra bit of room in the forefoot that many people here have mentioned. I think it is OK, and that the F last is just designed to be slightly long and bulky in the forefoot. They seem to look good. But still, I have to be sure before I truly commit.

    In any case, I think they are beautiful shoes and I love them.

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