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

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Really sad news. I wonder how it will affect Vass business.

Can’t imagine it does much. There are plenty of really solid sole makers out there.
 

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I'm wondering for how long dress shoes as we know them will continue to exist. Probably the very few that will continue to wear them will be considered old-fashioned and the shoes they wear grandpa's shoes.

I see more and more people, even those who have to dress up, from CEOs to actors to TV personalities wear suits with sneakers/casual shoes.

I feel I haven't seen a single person wear dress shoes in ages (except on IG which are probably not real anyways -- probably SF freaks putting on the shoes just to take pics for IG). And, no, this is not due to the pandemic, the pandemic simply accelerated/justified a trend that was well underway.

What do you think?
 

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Plenty?. I do not think so. Maybe the point is that people prefer rubber outsoles, but there are just 4 or 5 leather tanneries in the world, that I am aware of, that produce that kind of quality of leather for insoles/outsoles.

Where do you think is Vass to buy from that leather now ?. How new prices will affect its product and demand?. Really painful for them.
 

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I'm wondering for how long dress shoes as we know them will continue to exist. Probably the very few that will continue to wear them will be considered old-fashioned and the shoes they wear grandpa's shoes.

I see more and more people, even those who have to dress up, from CEOs to actors, to TV personalities wear suits with sneakers/casual shoes.

I feel I haven't seen a single person wear dress shoes in ages (except on IG which are probably not real anyways -- probably SF freaks putting on the shoes just to take pics for IG). And, no, this is not due to the pandemic, the pandemic simply accelerated/justified a trend that was well underway.

What do you think?
That is happening to me too. More and more I am feeling I am not properly dressed with classic shoes in most enviroments I hang around. I am wearing diferent bluchers in dark brown suede lately.
 

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I'm wondering for how long dress shoes as we know them will continue to exist. Probably the very few that will continue to wear them will be considered old-fashioned and the shoes they wear grandpa's shoes.

I see more and more people, even those who have to dress up, from CEOs to actors to TV personalities wear suits with sneakers/casual shoes.

I feel I haven't seen a single person wear dress shoes in ages (except on IG which are probably not real anyways -- probably SF freaks putting on the shoes just to take pics for IG). And, no, this is not due to the pandemic, the pandemic simply accelerated/justified a trend that was well underway.

What do you think?
When sloppiness is the norm, wearing a tie is a revolutionary act.
 

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That is happening to me too. More and more I am feeling I am not properly dressed with classic shoes in most enviroments I hang around. I am wearing diferent bluchers in dark brown suede lately.
To be quite honest, I am feeling a little embarassed these days to show up anywhere wearing dress shoes (sadly of my 50+ pairs). I feel people will think I'm weird.
 

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Plenty?. I do not think so. Maybe the point is that people prefer rubber outsoles, but there are just 4 or 5 leather tanneries in the world, that I am aware of, that produce that kind of quality of leather for insoles/outsoles.

Where do you think is Vass to buy from that leather now ?. How new prices will affect its product and demand?. Really painful for them.
There are at least 5 or 6 I can think of and I'm not in the trade, just a hobbyist. I actually prefer two of the ones I can think of off top of my head to JR to be honest. They're in the same ballpark +/- $20 or so.

JR is treated as if it has some mythical powers by the SF crowd and youtube cobbler crowd that I never quite understood. It's sad to see a business close but fear not, they're far from the only game in town.
 

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Just got my Bordeaux Budapester boots.

Highly ridiculous shoes that I'll probably wear infrequently with non CM looks. But I really like them.

They sent 2 boxes (one for each boot), is this because I have big feet or do they always do this for boots?
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As a hobbyist like you, I just know 5 tanneries at that level and one of them do not sell to other makers. Even if the number goes further, its a shock in the market (think of all the great makers in central europe that use JR since decades).
 

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Just got my Bordeaux Budapester boots.

Highly ridiculous shoes that I'll probably wear infrequently with non CM looks. But I really like them.

They sent 2 boxes (one for each boot), is this because I have big feet or do they always do this for boots?
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Awesome boots!. Leather outsoles?
Edit. I think they do not buy anymore big boxes for boots. Cutting cost/stock?
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Awesome boots!. Leather outsoles?
Edit. I think they do not buy anymore big boxes for boots. Cutting cost/stock?
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It's the Vibram created sole that comes standard on the Budapester boot.

I ordered them the day they released (hooray discount) and used the new(ish) color selection to change to Bordeaux.

I do want some kind of black derby boot, but I think I want CJ Conistons in black rough out.

EDIT: Not a fan of 2 boxes. Harder to store and more likely to get wife ire.
 
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I have a pair of black shell boots from Carmina. In your case, I would rather go for black pebble grain Conistons which I love.
I have brown pebble Conistons.

I dont think they make a black grain Coniston. They make a black grain Islay.
 

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I have brown pebble Conistons.

I dont think they make a black grain Coniston. They make a black grain Islay.
They do. Pockets uk carries them, and Cavour used to as well.
Really nice pair of boots by the way, wear them in good health!
 

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