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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. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean Bordeaux Shell or Calf? If it's shell - there was a gentleman who recently posted several pics of a Bordeaux Shell boot
    2 pages back.

    Vass import their Shell from Horween Chicago - And they have problems keeping up with demand at times.

    And agree, Anitque Cognac Shell is very nice.
     
  2. greverif

    greverif Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I mean shell.
     
  3. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Well-Known Member

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    sdolina, you compare Vass F to P2, right?
    Never heard of an A last before.
     
  4. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    I can't tell you whether you will find bordeaux calf to be good looking any more than I can tell you whether you will prefer chocolate or strawberry ice cream. You know what you like. Purchase accordingly.
     
  5. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Is this the newly awaited Last from Vass.

    Razor mentioned something a while back
     
  6. joiji

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  7. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Well-Known Member

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    That's what I thought :)
     
  8. Concordia

    Concordia Well-Known Member

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    So what is its purpose?
     
  9. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Dunno what sdolina has posted...but one looks like the F and the other a hung-over bruised
    cousin of the F...
     
  10. Silence

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    Has anyone transferred funds from Bank of America to CIB bank for a direct Vass purchase before?

    Care to comment on the receiving bank fee?
     
  11. gyasih

    gyasih Well-Known Member

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    Transfer from Chase was $45, I don't know if there is a receiving bank fee, but I transferred the amount Vass wanted in USD and let them deal with any additional fees on their end. Sorry if I didn't really answer your question.
     
  12. FrankCowperwood

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    Can't comment on this either.

    Western Union has an online service that charges about $22 although the exchange rate isn't great. You have to use this service to send Euros to Hungary. Maybe you can use the regular service to send US$. No receiving bank fees that I know of.

    Someone else here mentioned CurrencyFair, which seems to have a much lower fee and a better rate of exchange. Not sure if you can use if from the US as I haven't tried. I may try this next time I order from Vass.

    Both of the above require some set up to bank funds with the vendor for transfer. May not be worth the savings depending on your point of view.
     
  13. sdolina

    sdolina Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, just a typo. Of course F last
     
  14. A Guy from Shanghai

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    Thanks. I will probably start with a pair of derby in F or P2 last.



    I am very interested in knowing this (if this pair is really UK5.5 size they usually produce and not a one-off mistake by any chance.) as well. Between your sizing info & Louis XIV's, I think I would do 39.5 for a pair of oxford or 39 for a pair of derby in F or P2 last.
     
  15. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    All of which underscores why I sincerely hope that they get set up to receive credit cards and / or Paypal. I would happily cover the 3-4% Paypal fees in order to make payment in a matter of a few mouse clicks and a few seconds of my time, versus standing in line at the bank and waiting for days for confirmation of a wire transfer. This is really the only deterrent I face in placing a direct order with Vass.
     
  16. JPHardy

    JPHardy Well-Known Member

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    Roger,

    Of course credit card would be more convenient , cheaper (assuming they don't charge a foreign transaction fee), get you points, but transfers is not bad.

    I thought it a pain as well, but like GDL said, its only a pain once (if you do online). Once you set it up, its just a couple of clicks.

    Maybe stating the obvious, but I thought the same thing initially as well.

    JP
     
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  17. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    Hi JP.

    Not disputing your experience, but mine has been different. It may be that the entire process can now be set up on-line, but the last time I sent a wire through my bank (easily 2-3 years ago now, maybe more, as almost ANY retailer with a web presence now accepts cc's and Paypal) I had to stand in line, fill out and review a lengthy form, sign it, then wait 3 days for confirmation (electrons must travel unusually s-l-o-w-l-y along that "wire"). And getting the form filled out was itself tedious, because not all banks in all countries use the same terms to describe the various numerical values to be entered (country code, bank code, transit code, account # etc.). And that was just wiring funds from Canada to the US, where there weren't any language issues potentially complicating matters even further.

    In any event, it's worth investigating on my end whether the process would be at all improved now. And given the lead time for ordering, I'd at least have ample time to do so. I assume they ask for payment when the shoe is ready for delivery, as opposed to the time that it is ordered?

    Roger
     
  18. bertie

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    Just sent a wire transfer from CIBC to Italy a few weeks ago. Process was exactly the same as you describe sadly. Vass NEEDS to join the 21st century commerce wise (just keep the old fashioned approach to making great shoes)
     
  19. JPHardy

    JPHardy Well-Known Member

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    My recommendation,

    1. See if you can do wire transfer from your bank.
    2. Email Vass , introduce yourself to Mr Kuti and ask for wire transfer info.
    3. If your bank is like mine (Chase), use the USD account that Mr Kuti gives you.
    4. Be careful with accent marks on the letters, as they may cause an error.

    Once you have than entered correctly your worries for payments are over.

    I suggest doing that first as it will lessen your procrastination for ordering (talking about my experience, not calling anyone a procrastinator).

    That's it for the payment part.

    For ordering there is some advice as well.
     
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  20. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    And that's my bank - thanks for saving me the bother of checking. Maybe I need to look into Western Union or some such place. Talk about it only being a PITA once - if Vass would go through the one-time PITA to set up cc or Paypal payment, then ALL his international clients going forward would benefit. I'm guessing we amount to more than a small fraction of his business.

    JP - what ordering advice would you offer?
     

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