The Ultimate Vass (Footwear) Thread (Pictures, reviews, sizing, etc...)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    ^ It should also be considered that if you ask nicely your cobbler may be able apply the topy in what might pass for an attractive manner:

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    I know Topy is not for everyone, but for my circumstances it is an excellent solution - dainite is too heavy/uncomfortable, double soles too uncomfortable, metal taps a distraction.
     
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  2. meister

    meister Senior member

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    Topy is the way to go to stay reasonably alive/uninjured in winter particularly.
     


  3. fritzl

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    interesting, for me it is the other way round. single soles are wearing too hard for me. don't like the bouncing.

    actually, i wear custom made shoes, so it's between single and double. in one word - balanced.
     


  4. Slewfoot

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    Hmmm...not sure to be honest. I'll bet they'll hold up well regardless!
     


  5. Pliny

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    vamp stitching on my Norwegers looks like by hand and in a v chunky thread. if a machine it'd be a hell of a needle
     


  6. Pliny

    Pliny Senior member

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    yes, i'm a skater on leather. Apropos nice job
     


  7. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    ...while we're on the subject of slipping and wet/icy pavements, I've found both dainite and commando soles slippery on ice. Thus far raw rubber soles have been the best suited answer. Has anyone experience with Ridgway soles or other materials?
     
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  8. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    if done correctly, you can't. otherwise, you will damage something. also, the height difference must be compensated.
     


  9. Pliny

    Pliny Senior member

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    ...while we're on the subject of slipping and wet/icy
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    maybe i need to talk to my cobbler. they start to peel after a lot of use in my experience. do u think the 2mm height dif is critical? when u consider nearly every shoe has different toe spring
     


  10. Mr. Pink

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    My first Vass arrived at the office today, F last, Old English II, Oxblood

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    A few observations: The F last isn't narrow at all, not compared to English lasts; it's a pretty standard American "D" width with decent room in the toe box; the instep is really high. If you look at the picture of them on my feet, the left shoe almost closes completely and the right looks perfectly normal. I have a very high instep. On most oxfords, the opening is a very wide "v" and the leather tends to bow out along the inside of my foot. The Vass hugs the arch.
     
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  11. forex

    forex Senior member

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    ^^How is the fit? What size did you order?
     


  12. ThinkDerm

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    looks half a size too big on your feet to me - see the creasing on the shoes?
     


  13. Mr. Pink

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    Size is 45.5. I generally wear a 12D US. Fit is very good. I may need tongue pad on the left shoe if it stretches. Otherwise, it's perfect. Kolecho mentioned that the OE II has an even higher instep than the other designs


    I don't think so. For me the test is always where the ball of my foot fits in the last. On these, the widest part of my foot fits at the widest part of the last, and it's a good snug fit at that point. A smaller size would move the ball of my foot into the more narrow part of the last. (I judge by my left foot. My right is nearly a half-size smaller, though slightly wider and with a higher instep.)
     
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  14. fritzl

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    if, you maybe need a bit volume under your ball area. so why a tongue pad?
     


  15. kolecho

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    They should not stretch much, if any.
     


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