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

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

  1. Notch

    Notch Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    The price €395 is correct, but only under certain circumstances.

    First of all, that price is for a plain model in calf leather. The price for boots/cordovan/cordovan boots/ some MTO... is higher. Second, that is the price when you pay in cash in their store. If have been to the store couple of times and they always said they can only give me the discount when paid in cash. When I pay from home with bank transfer I don't get the discount. As far as shipping goes, I never had a problem because I live in Europe. For the US, one should consider custom duties and the bank wire costs.

    For MTO, the price sometimes is the same, sometimes it isn't. It mostly is though, as long as you stick to their models/patterns....

    The price list in that thread is incorrect as far as I know, they have set new prices in July. I can't find the price list from that thread on the Vass website either. I have the price list in my mails somewhere, I'll try to locate it.
     
  2. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

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    ^ that's correct. I just ordered the MTO cordovan boots and it costs me much more than 395. The MTO calf DM was 400 with trees and shipping minus VAT.
    BTW I used a proxy for bank transfer wich cost me almost nothing.
     
  3. Saratorial_Splender

    Saratorial_Splender Senior member

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    Would you share the proxy method with the rest of us. Saving up to $60 is nice.
     
  4. Saratorial_Splender

    Saratorial_Splender Senior member

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    A price list would be great as an estimate to start with. Would you share it when you find it?
    Thanks,
     
  5. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

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    That's both simple and difficult - you need somebody you trust in Europe, who can pay for you by wire transfer and accept money by PP, cc or any other method.
     
  6. Saratorial_Splender

    Saratorial_Splender Senior member

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    You are correct. That is difficult!
    Thank you.
     
  7. SHS

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    I think that several has used "Kolecho" as a proxy here on SF, but I have no personal experience.
     
  8. Mr. Pink

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    I've used Kolecho. Very reliable. Very easy to deal with. Highly recommended.
     
  9. Saratorial_Splender

    Saratorial_Splender Senior member

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    I know him, very pricey. You pay almost 40% for the privlidge.
     
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  10. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    +1


    Really? From what I understand sdolina just paid $515 for his shoes which would be $575 for most people who don't have access to discounted wire transfers. Kolecho charges $650. A 12% markup seems totally fine to me plus you get Kolecho's guidance which is very solid and honest.

    Then you also have to worry about getting hit with possible US customs fees when the shoes come into the US as some have had happen before. That would then put the price paid direct from Vass even higher than Kolecho.
     
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  11. Saratorial_Splender

    Saratorial_Splender Senior member

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    Thank you. PM details if you can.

    I got higher estimates before. Perhaps it is different now. At any rate, I may need to make the trip myself since I require a new last due to my larger than normal shoe size.
     
  12. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    Kolecho's prices fluctuate with the Euro. If the shoes are more expensive they'd also be more expensive from Vass.

    Just drop him a note if you want in on the next round. He does them close to once a season.

    Sounds like you should aim for the P2 or perhaps 3636 lasts if you have a wider foot.
     
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  13. Saratorial_Splender

    Saratorial_Splender Senior member

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    I like your experience with Vass. It seems you know more about their lasts than most.

    I have a high instep and I have few pairs in their U last. I am a Euro 47 or US 13E. They made me a last based on my description and fit is OK, but could be better. I like more contemporary styles.
    What last(s) would you recommend?
     
  14. NAMOR

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    apparently I ordered the Vass norweger without even knowing it. back in May, I was in discussion with Vass to have a norweger split toe in built on the F last. Asked for metal taps, trees, cognac shell. The discussion trailed off, i never received an invoice, never received a confirmation of an order, yet the other day I get an email stating my shoe is ready. In whiskey... not cognac. Efffffffffffff

    i will give Vass some credit for being timely. In our discussions back in May, Mr. Kuti said beginning of October they would be ready (if I decided to order)
     
  15. jerrybrowne

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    ;) Maybe it was meant to be. Did you ask them to send pics?
     
  16. Slewfoot

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    So they altered an existing last for you? If so sounds like you should stick with that and just alter a bit further either through Kolecho or your previous contact. If you choose a new last the F could be good. To be honest, in a size 47 / 13 I would seriously consider the 3636 last. It has a classic shape with a high instep and in a size that big I imagine it would look quite elegant. Something to contemplate.
     
  17. Slewfoot

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    Congrats - I think! :^)

    I'm not really sure if Vass does a Cognac Shell so they may have considered Whiskey the closest thing. I wonder if a bit of mahogany polish would make it more to your liking. Before doing so I would just do some research on the effects of darker color polishes on lighter shell colors. Regardless, I would first see how the shoes look either in person or via photographs.
     
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    he offered so naturally, I obliged :D

    ill probably grab them as its a pair ive been debating for a while. kind of wish i got the norvegese stiching but oh well
     
  19. Slewfoot

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    The typical Vass Norweger style is really great and unique. I'm tempted to order another pair. Just not yet though - so says my wallet!
     
  20. jerrybrowne

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    +1. One of my favorite pair of shoes.
     

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