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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. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Fantastic, sometimes I wonder how will this look with black edge trim?
     
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  2. terrorsquad

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    So sorry man, the orders were closed in December.
     
  3. archangle13

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    I just made my first direct Vass purchase using CurrencyFair, and I ought to share this with you guys.

    I used CurrencyFair to get a low transfer fee and a reasonable exchange rate. The idea is simply to get the shoes at the lowest price possible. In all, I paid 433 euro for a pair of F lasted shoes, but apparently I overpaid by 10 euro so it's actually 423 euro. This is excluding VAT, and includes 30 euro for shoetrees, 20 euro for topy, 35 for the FedEx delivery, 5 euros for the bank receiving fee, and 3 euros for the CurrencyFair transfer fee.

    So that works out to be 8 euro for the total transfer fee.

    As for the setting up of the CF account, it was pretty hassle-free as well. It is like setting up a Hotmail account, except that they need documents to prove your identity and address. They took only one day to approve the account. With regards to account security and customer service, it is pretty darn good! They usually respond to emails within an hour or two (I don't know about phone calls). As for security, they have segregated accounts for client funds and company funds. Account transactions require a PIN, from which they require three digits randomly picked from the full set of 6 digits that they give to you. The PIN digits are selected from a drop-down menu, so I guess that safeguards your account against key-loggers.

    I only faced two problems.

    First, CF does not have local accounts in every country. When I first registered for CF, they did not have a local account in my country. Fortunately for me, they were planning to get one set up in my country within that very week. The implications of CF not having a local CF account would be the charge of a conventional bank transfer fee required for deposit of funds into the third-party CF bank account. This pretty much screws the notion of a cheap fund transfer. The 3 euro CF transfer fee only applies to a standard 1-2 day transfer of funds out of the CF account into the Vass account; the transfer of funds from your bank account to the CF local account is supposed to be free, and it was for me.

    Second, no one has any idea what the bank receiving fee for CIB bank (Vass) is. CF will ask you to enquire from CIB, and CIB will give you different stupid answers every time you ask. The problem with using a third-party bank account is that you have to figure out the receiving bank fee on your own. Here is where my advice comes in. It is only freaking 2 to 5 euro, so do not overpay like me. Vass told me it was 10 to 15 euro, which is not true of this transaction (but I forgive them [​IMG]). You are supposed to transfer more to cover all bank fees, which is max 5 euro if you are using CF.

    So if you plan to use CF, all you need to check is if CF has a local bank account in your country. And ta-da, you are good to go. Good luck with your purchases, guys.
     
  4. rikod

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    Thank you!, I have the plain toe in cognac with black Vibram sole and I like the contrast a lot

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  5. Roguls

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    I don't see a Goyser (Norvegese) welt here. I think this is a fine dandy-ish shoe.
     
  6. FrankCowperwood

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    Ran into that problem of needing to make a wire transfer to make a wire transfer using CF. They have a correspondent bank in the US, but require the customer to initiate the transfer. So, unless I'm missing some cheap or free way to do this, there's no point in using CF unless I plan to transfer a substantial amount once in order to make separate transfers over time to Vass or others. Probably not buying that many shoes in the near future. So it was back to Western Union at a cost of an extra $25 or so. Of course there's no bank fee from CIB in this case, so the difference is less.

    Oh, and I should ask Archangle13, what did you order?
     
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  7. FrankCowperwood

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    Cognac scotch grain looks wonderful on this shoe and the shape is lovely for a plain toe.
     
  8. archangle13

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    I posted some of these before. They are clearing customs right now.

    Italian Oxford, F last, 6125 cognac, single-sole (supposed to be) - courtesy of Mr Rezső Kuti
     
  9. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just opened a pair almost like these-- Antik Cognac shell on the P2, single welted sole. Looks much the same, if a shade more substantial.

    Will report on the P3 Alt Wieners. The promise was a longer and more graceful 3636.
     
  10. rikod

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    Thank you, I agree, now that we're at it, here is the same shoe in bordeaux, my most (and almost only) complemented shoes ever, almost every single time I wear them.

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  11. sm31

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    I'd definitely be interested in about a comparison of the P2 and P3.
     
  12. nickrut

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    Some Vass soles look really thick. Do they not look as clunky in person?
     
  13. nickrut

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    Some Vass soles look really thick. Do they not look as clunky in person?
     
  14. archangle13

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    The colour and the texture on that is amazing! Looks so 'strong' too... [​IMG]
     
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    The only way to know is to get one yourself [​IMG]
     
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    CF used the Bank of America for both incoming (from my Singapore account) and outgoing transfers (to CIB bank). So I'm quite sure a transfer of funds to a Bank of America account in the US should be free... But then again, it's best to ask the CF team. That director of theirs never seems to sleep. [​IMG]
     
  17. FrankCowperwood

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    They way they explained it to me is that I would have to initiate the transfer, which I couldn't figure out a way to do without paying a wire fee. Ffor comparison, with Western Union, I put my account information into their site and they request the funds from my bank at no charge. I'd be happy to find out that I'm confused about something. I suppose I could ask CF about this directly. That's likely my best bet.

    Appreciate hearing about your experience. Those look like terrific shoes you have on the way to you.
     
  18. archangle13

    archangle13 Senior member

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    Thanks! I simply used Internet banking. Funds arrived in CF a/c in 2 days, funds arrived in Vass account in 1 more day.
     
  19. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The P3 is the same length as the P2, so is in some sense more graceful than the 3636. From some angles, it looks just as nice as the P2, but it is still more of the country cousin, with higher sidewalls and a slightly more blunt toe. As with most of the Vass lasts, the Norweger pattern would probably make it look its best. Just as I don't much care for the oxfords I had made on the 3636, I suspect that they would not be a logical design for the P3 although they would certainly fit well.

    My P3s Alt Wiens are generally more comfortable than the P2 Budapester-- the ball of the foot seems to have a bit more space to settle in, and while the toe is not as wide as on the 3636, it does offer a bit more wiggle room than the P2. There seems to be more room in the heel, although it's calf as opposed to the shell P2, which may take more time to break in.

    Irrespective of fit, I do wish they had pulled the toe cap a little further back on the P3, however. That's a typical problem with shoe designers. It seems that only Tony Gaziano really makes the cap-toe on a Derby look fabulous these days.
     
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