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

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

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    can you elaborate on this a bit? thank you
     


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  3. sstomcat

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    Understanding your feet is part of the homework.
    Analysis of the feet dimensions, volume etc is part of the homework
    Due dilligence is the key, understanding the shoe, the last and volume and then making a judicious decision will only minimize NOT eliminate the chances of failure.
    Asking questions directly to the shoe maker and negotiating a return/exchange policy is key.I understand you have to fork out the shipping but that is minimal and pales in comparison to the joy's of experimenting and ensuing success.
    Going with the premise that this is no bespoke, will make you even more happy:)
     


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    I posted before I read this....agree 100%
     


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    ok, once again.

    bigger in what aspect? too long, too wide, to high at the instep... etc., etc.
     


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    very good points, bravo
     


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    Hello I'm a new member and 6 month lurker!

    I knew nothing about shoes 6 months ago, but thanks to this forum I've just had 2 pair of Vass MTO delivered (after buying 2 pairs of Santoni FAMs too). So thank you!!

    I'm from London, so my choices on buying Vass are either Ascot Shoes (I know the owner so can get a discount) or go direct. I decided to go direct and make a weekend of it for several reasons. I read every single post on this thread and saved all the pictures. I made a list of the 2 shoes and specific requirements I wanted, and saved the details on an email to show Mr. Kuti (Sales Manager) at the store.

    The Store

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    As you can see the shop is tiny! Internal space maybe 17 foot by 12 foot, with steps going upstairs to the workshop.
    It was very busy when I walked in on a Saturday afternoon in November.

    I met Mr Kuti and told him I wanted 2 pairs of U-Last shoes.
    He got me to try on some U-last Derbys to get my sizing right.They didn't have the shoes I wanted in store to try on, and he hadn't even heard of one pair I wanted. Thanks to this site I was prepared for this with pictures.

    Then I had a look at the colours in store. I had a shortlist, but in real life the colours are very different to how they appear on a monitor. I had no intention of buying Shell Cordovan, but when I saw the colour and natural patina of SC - so stunning, I changed my mind and colour choices too.

    My First Pair

    Black U-lasted Paris Derbys, seamless back, beveled waist, single JR sole, rubber toe/heel caps, Boxcalf with shoe trees. Size 44. Price HUF 12,000 delivered

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    My Second Pair

    Cognac U-Lasted Weymouth/Italian Oxford with U-Cap, seamless back, double to single JR sole, beveled waist (standard on double to single), rubber toe/heel caps, Shell Cordovan with shoe trees. Size 44. Price HUF 15,000 delivered

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    The new store opening in March just down the road

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    Thanks again to everyone on this thread.
     


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    I noticed the same thing exactly in my calf order. Fortunately I am often in Budapest ,so I told them to remake both shoes and the shoes are still smidgen too wide and too long. They used to make proper sizes in all their shoes, but something changed and now everything is elephantine.
    My VASS from 3 years ago is more elegant and better fitting than this year VASS. I used to order 40-(40.5) now I have to go 39.0 and narrow to get anywhere close.
     
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    My boots should be here wednesday, they will be in b&s if they don't fit which is a possibility, size 43 F last. Hopefully they fit I've been waiting a long time for them.
     


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    These are awesome. I've been contemplating a pair on the F last (which fits me a bit better than P2).
     


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    My reasons are pretty much summed up below. I know my size in EG, however there is no guarantee that this will translate to a good fit with Vass. I do not wish to purchase several pairs of shoes that don't fit properly until I can find the correct size.


    As much as I wish you were wrong, I know that this is reality. Well stated.


    Seeing forum members such as yourself buying vass and then having to sell so many pairs because they do not fit correctly has really discouraged me. The fact that I wear a larger size (11.5/12E on EG 82 last) only makes this worse because I imagine that I would have a harder time reselling the shoes that dont fit properly. I can only hope that a US store will carry them again in the future, or that I have an opportunity to trime them somewhere while traveling overseas.

    -LR
     
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    I hear you. Larger sizes can be even more difficult and it's good you realize that. But keep in mind that most pairs of Vass I actually have sold is simply that I don't gravitate towards the U-last anymore which was mostly what I grabbed a few years ago. A few didn't fit like the Budapest last boots I'm selling now which cuts me deep. Real deep. I tend to think that for each last from any maker there is a distinct possibility the first purchase will not work and would need to be re-sold. I was lucky on the U-last, but not so much on the others. There is no exact science and one does have to weigh the risk/reward.
     
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    I should mention though that I have VERY difficult feet to fit. My left foot is a half size bigger and has a higher instep while my right foot is a touch wider and both of my feet are around a C width. It's tough for any maker and last to get it right for me unfortunately and I've had to part with shoes from numerous different makers. Some people are easier to fit and if you are (and know you are) then at least that minimizes the risk a bit.

    Part of it is also how you like your shoes to fit. Years ago I preferred them to be nice and snug and feel fitted and contoured. Now I prefer my toes to have a bit of wiggle room. Knowing your fit preferences can certainly go a long way as well.
     


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