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Any advice gentlemen?
Here's what I would do:

Contact Vass ahead of schedule to arrange a fitting. Allow for a couple of hours, there's so much to try. If you can't find something in RTW, do MTM.

A couple of other places to consider are Rozsnyai (across the street from Vass). Unfortunately they were not open when I was there at the end of last year, but I believe they allow for a lot of customisation, so get in touch and see what they can do.

There is also Buday Shoes. Tiny little shop, but they have some great shoes. I would have bought from them if they'd had my size. Best to contact them in advance because IIRC one of the staff didn't have much English, so I had to go back when the English-speaker was on site.

One more: https://attilashoes.com/ in the conservative business dress. Not my cup of tea, but worth a look.

A couple of other general tips:
  • Take your time.
  • Ask if there's a discount for cash.
I hope that helps. Sing out if you've got any other questions.
 

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Here's what I would do:

Contact Vass ahead of schedule to arrange a fitting. Allow for a couple of hours, there's so much to try. If you can't find something in RTW, do MTM.

A couple of other places to consider are Rozsnyai (across the street from Vass). Unfortunately they were not open when I was there at the end of last year, but I believe they allow for a lot of customisation, so get in touch and see what they can do.

There is also Buday Shoes. Tiny little shop, but they have some great shoes. I would have bought from them if they'd had my size. Best to contact them in advance because IIRC one of the staff didn't have much English, so I had to go back when the English-speaker was on site.

One more: https://attilashoes.com/ in the conservative business dress. Not my cup of tea, but worth a look.

A couple of other general tips:
  • Take your time.
  • Ask if there's a discount for cash.
I hope that helps. Sing out if you've got any other questions.
Thanks! I'll email. I've read about Rozsnyai...they feel a bit forward to me (more elongated lasts) though it seems they have a sale on right now based on the website. But the RTW listings on the site don't seem that attractive to me. I guess I'm more conservative, but as long as I'm in the area, I'll drop in. I also read that Buday has gone out of business in a different thread on SF. Maybe that's not true.

I'll email Vass to set up an appointment.

I'll take some pictures while I'm there too and post them here.
 

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Thanks! I'll email. I've read about Rozsnyai...they feel a bit forward to me (more elongated lasts) though it seems they have a sale on right now based on the website. But the RTW listings on the site don't seem that attractive to me. I guess I'm more conservative, but as long as I'm in the area, I'll drop in. I also read that Buday has gone out of business in a different thread on SF. Maybe that's not true.

I'll email Vass to set up an appointment.

I'll take some pictures while I'm there too and post them here.
I know what you mean about Rozsnyai - their RTW stuff on their website is...not for me either. But since you're going to be in the area, they might be worth a look, and as long as you can find a decent last, you should be able to customise according to your taste.

A couple of other places also:

Here, for handmade gloves.

And for ties, pocket squares, and scarves, Kaczian.

PS In my previous post I mentioned Atilla in the conservative business dress. Somehow this came out as 'conservative business dress,' when in fact I meant it as 'central business district.' Not sure how that happened.

PPS How was your trip to Australia?
 

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PPS How was your trip to Australia?
Thanks. Confirmed visit to Vass! Thanks for the other recs.

Are your single monks in your icon Vass? I do like the swept back configuration of the strap.

Australia was great! I wish I could have been there longer. I really enjoyed Sydney. Had a nice run over the Harbour Bridge to the north part on my last day (was staying near the central train station), just around the bridge where the amusement park is. Coffee and pastry, walked around the flea market, lots of runners on a Sunday, then walked around the Rocks on the way back, a bit touristy, but snagged some gifts for the family. Appreciate your advice in the Oz thread.
 

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Thanks. Confirmed visit to Vass! Thanks for the other recs.

Are your single monks in your icon Vass? I do like the swept back configuration of the strap.

Australia was great! I wish I could have been there longer. I really enjoyed Sydney. Had a nice run over the Harbour Bridge to the north part on my last day (was staying near the central train station), just around the bridge where the amusement park is. Coffee and pastry, walked around the flea market, lots of runners on a Sunday, then walked around the Rocks on the way back, a bit touristy, but snagged some gifts for the family. Appreciate your advice in the Oz thread.
They're not Vass in my icon, they are in fact Cheaney that I stumbled upon in Kuala Lumpur some years ago. They are superb IRL.

Great to hear you enjoyed your time here.

Enjoy Budapest, it is a spectacular city!
 

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Well, the weird thing is that I'm a UK8 in Carmina which is Eur 42, but in loafers, we settled on 41 in suede, 41.5 in box calf for the P lasts and 41.5 for P2 and F lasts for Oxfords. Still deciding on Slipper I versus Slipper II regarding loafers (basically the apron, raised or not, thought Slipper II is split toe) in the P1 versus P3 last, medium brown suede. Will have pictures when I have more time.
 

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Some pictures.
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Still pondering on the first loafer. Was inclined to mid brown suede but deer brown is attractive.

Anyone with the deer brown make up? Is it reddish brown like polo suede?

You can see medium brown on left and deer brown in the whole cut in one of my pics above.






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Alternatively I’m partial to the walnut museum brown. You can see it in the loafer on the left. I like it. The gold museum is too

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But here are some F last pics of gold museum.

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Finally I’m still in disbelief that my dialed in size seems to be 41.5 in the F and P last when I take a Carmina 8uk in forest and rain last. But I have to trust the process and having tried on different sizes in the store. In the case of the loafer, we went down from the 42 to deal with heel slippage.
 
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I am not a fan of gold museum, I find it hard to combine, walnut is much more versatile (and at least as nice from the coloration).

I take 42 in F and 8.5 in rain (tight front wide heel not a good fit for me), so seems plausible.
 

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I am not a fan of gold museum, I find it hard to combine, walnut is much more versatile (and at least as nice from the coloration).

I take 42 in F and 8.5 in rain (tight front wide heel not a good fit for me), so seems plausible.

Walnut is more versatile, but gold museum is nice to have for variety.
Same goes with a blue shoe, not always the best option but sometimes it can make for a nice touch.

Really prefer the softer boxcalf leathers over those other tougher Vass leathers, however shell cordovan is nice for the winter.
 

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