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

j ingevaldsson

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Brand new pair of vass alt English u last. Only been wearing indoor while wfh for couple of times and it looks like the inside left shoe leather is deformed and loose. The right pair is totally fine with no creasing. First pair of Vass as well😭

Contacted Vass couple of days ago with no response. Got this pair for 40% off and apparently no returns for discounted shoes.
What would you do or anyone know how to fix this issue? This pair actually fits very snug so I don't understand how there is such a loose leather on the left shoe.
The shoes are too small for you (apart from instep), and probably too short (hard to judge fully on photos). Your feet end up too far forward in the shoe, especially left one then. Your big toe joint ends up in front of the widest part of the shoe, and you have a lot of excess space in the arch. Since they are tight at the ball, you further pull the excess leather in the arch and you get a bulge. See similar things on the right shoe, just to a less extent. Probably best thing to try to sell them off. Since it looks like you've been walking around in them, not just tried them on carefully on carpet, they would not have accepted a return on them either way.
 

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Another thing, that should be of interest for folks here. In the new episode of the podcast I have, I interviewed Rezső Kuti, and of course talked a lot about Vass. Among other things about why the brand have succeeded so well internationally, about why they’ve run a bunch of sales during Covid, about the Hungarian quality shoe business in general and how bad streets resulted in iconic shoe styles, etc. Listen here or in your preferred podcast player, search for Shoegazing Podcast.
 

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Another thing, that should be of interest for folks here. In the new episode of the podcast I have, I interviewed Rezső Kuti, and of course talked a lot about Vass. Among other things about why the brand have succeeded so well internationally, about why they’ve run a bunch of sales during Covid, about the Hungarian quality shoe business in general and how bad streets resulted in iconic shoe styles, etc. Listen here or in your preferred podcast player, search for Shoegazing Podcast.
Can recommend! It was a great listen.
 

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Another thing, that should be of interest for folks here. In the new episode of the podcast I have, I interviewed Rezső Kuti, and of course talked a lot about Vass. Among other things about why the brand have succeeded so well internationally, about why they’ve run a bunch of sales during Covid, about the Hungarian quality shoe business in general and how bad streets resulted in iconic shoe styles, etc. Listen here or in your preferred podcast player, search for Shoegazing Podcast.
Thank you so much for this informative interview. I have a lot of respect for Laszlo Vass who made the decision at the start of the plandemic not to lay off any workers, whatever the cost. I will order more pairs of Vass very soon. Rezso seems like a very knowledgeable and likeable man.
 

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Thank you so much for this informative interview. I have a lot of respect for Laszlo Vass who made the decision at the start of the plandemic not to lay off any workers, whatever the cost. I will order more pairs of Vass very soon. Rezso seems like a very knowledgeable and likeable man.
Thanks! Yeah, agree, one have to respect that, they knew it would hurt the brand in some ways with many sales, for example with losing retailers, but prioritised their staff and their wellbeing.
 

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Another thing, that should be of interest for folks here. In the new episode of the podcast I have, I interviewed Rezső Kuti, and of course talked a lot about Vass. Among other things about why the brand have succeeded so well internationally, about why they’ve run a bunch of sales during Covid, about the Hungarian quality shoe business in general and how bad streets resulted in iconic shoe styles, etc. Listen here or in your preferred podcast player, search for Shoegazing Podcast.
In the interview you mention handmade shoe brand in South America. What would that brand be? As a Chilean. I’m very interested
 

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Thanks! Yeah, agree, one have to respect that, they knew it would hurt the brand in some ways with many sales, for example with losing retailers, but prioritised their staff and their wellbeing.
With such a quality shoe as Vass produce, it might have been worth to evaluate as to what extent they should reduce cooperations with retrailers anyway. Some (US-) sellers charged much higher prices than Vass itself does B2C. It might be best to operate their own shops and then to rely on their own webshop while promoting the brand further online.
 

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The shoes are too small for you (apart from instep), and probably too short (hard to judge fully on photos). Your feet end up too far forward in the shoe, especially left one then. Your big toe joint ends up in front of the widest part of the shoe, and you have a lot of excess space in the arch. Since they are tight at the ball, you further pull the excess leather in the arch and you get a bulge. See similar things on the right shoe, just to a less extent. Probably best thing to try to sell them off. Since it looks like you've been walking around in them, not just tried them on carefully on carpet, they would not have accepted a return on them either way.
Thanks for your reply. Below is a photo of the same oxford, same last and size on my left foot which looks perfectly fine and the leather feels stiffer and not loose.
 

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I see now the small bulge in the first picture. Maybe @rezso.kuti can shed a bit more light on why, but for that price discount and the fact that it is final sale and a great shoe overall, it wouldn’t bother me.

someone with more cobbling/shoemaking experience might be able to help a bit
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I had a shoe that was tight in one foot and the leather reacted similarly.
Thanks for your reply! I really want to keep it if only I can find a way to stiffen the leather. Here's photo of the same pair in black on my left foot which is perfectly fine to me.
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In the interview you mention handmade shoe brand in South America. What would that brand be? As a Chilean. I’m very interested
Sorry, I meant to say Southeast Asia, didn't even notice the slip when I edited.

With such a quality shoe as Vass produce, it might have been worth to evaluate as to what extent they should reduce cooperations with retrailers anyway. Some (US-) sellers charged much higher prices than Vass itself does B2C. It might be best to operate their own shops and then to rely on their own webshop while promoting the brand further online.
Yeah could be.

Thanks for your reply! I really want to keep it if only I can find a way to stiffen the leather. Here's photo of the same pair in black on my left foot which is perfectly fine to me.View attachment 1611379
Sorry, I can't say much on this, more than that from what I could gather of the pics of the first shoes they looked to small which also commonly result in same thing you has problem with, hence my comment on it all. Can't say anything if that shoe there is right in size or not, but I'd say that the creasing on first pair might get heavier due to thin leather, but you'd certainly have it with thicker sturdier as well. It's a fit thing, not leather thing. If it's down to the shoes being different in size, for example lasted differently etc, I can't say.
 
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In the interview you mention handmade shoe brand in South America. What would that brand be? As a Chilean. I’m very interested
Hola

I suggest checking Calzados Correa (I have a pair of handwelted full brogues that are wonderful) and Casa Fagliano both in Buenos Aires.

Regards
 

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Thanks! Yeah, agree, one have to respect that, they knew it would hurt the brand in some ways with many sales, for example with losing retailers, but prioritised their staff and their wellbeing.
In this crazy times taking care of your people is something to be praised.

My next Vass will be a pair of norwegers in double JR sole in antique cognac in P last.
 

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Hola

I suggest checking Calzados Correa (I have a pair of handwelted full brogues that are wonderful) and Casa Fagliano both in Buenos Aires.

Regards
Hoja juan
I’ve checked Correa, but the lasts are really chunky and unapealing to me. At least those I’ve seen.
 

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MTO on the U last, right shoe with a different width from the left. It turned out superbly. All my discretionary spending in the last 2 months has gone directly to Vass, either taking advantage of their sales or placing orders like this one. After listening to Rezső on the excellent podcast by j ingevaldsson, I could not be happier that my money has been used to keep people at Vass employed. What a great company.

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