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

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

  1. arglist

    arglist Senior member

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    Hi. Yes, he's also helped with the size. I had a starting point though, since the U-lasted pair I had ordered from ebay was only slightly too large. I sized down half a size from that so U-last would fit me, then another half a size because I decided on F-last. He confirmed on this and he was correct.

    Florian
     
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    yywwyy Senior member

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    Is there a webpage explaining the different Vass lasts somewhere?
     
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    Fiddler Senior member

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    Congratulations...excellent news.

    What were the sizes you started off with on ebay and what did you end up with...walk us through it in your Vass Oxfords man.
     
  4. arglist

    arglist Senior member

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    OK. I wear a roomy size 8E in Allen Edmonds Park Avenue, an equally roomy size 7.5F in C&J Connaught and a tight 7.5G in Church's Consul. I always thought I had a 41.5 with slightly wide forefoot.

    The ebay seller diagnosed size 42 on Vass U-last, which was definitely too large. I thought, 41.5 on U-last might work but have not tried it. On F-last 41 is fine, if ever so slightly on the large side.

    Hope this helps.

    Florian
     
  5. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    So in other words, you're not really sizing up from your UK-sized shoes for the U last. You're pretty much buying your 'actual size'. Since 41.5 = UK 7.5
     
  6. arglist

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    No, not buying U-last at all. Strongly suspect that the 41.5 U-last would be snug around my heel but too tight for my rather wide forefoot. That's why I went for the F-last.
     
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    On this blog you have a complete guide on how to order shoes directly from Vass in Budapest, including pictures and short descriptions of all the lasts. Only one problem though: it's written in Swedish. But with google-translate it's possible to understand most of it at least:
    http://shoegazingpunktse.blogspot.se/2012/10/kopguide-vass-shoes.html
     
  9. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Senior member

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    Do you guys prefer the original Old English or the "II" style?
    Also, can the "II" styles been had without brogueing or is this an option only for MTO?

    At the moment the Old English II on the U last is the most appealing to my eye but I would not like to pay ~200€ extra only to change a small detail.
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  10. Slickman

    Slickman Senior member

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    Let me save you from the life-cycle of Vass Last Obsession and tell you to get an OEII in oxblood on the F, that's correct, F last, not the U last. However, first I would ask what do you currently have in your closet? If you need basics, I would go with that and a dark brown chelsea model like so:

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/green-tea88/Vass/VassChelsea3-1.jpg

    As for black, either go with an oxford or a 3-eyelet derby, either on F

    History has shown that it is inevitable for you to ditch the U for the F for the simple reason that F is more elegant. P2 is also a great choice, and is my favorite last for boots and PTBs although this is another conversation altogether.

    Also as a side note, some lasts tend to look better in smaller sizes, some better on larger sizes, F is one that looks good in all sizes
     
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    I personally prefer the Old English II on the F last.

    MTO is Euro 420 inclusive of VAT. You can change any detail without extra cost; I did this with the group buy I organized and Vass was very accommodating provided you spell out clearly what details you want to change.
     
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  12. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Senior member

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    I own a pair of chocolat brown Alfred Sargent Kirkham chelsea boots, a pair of medium brown Lendvay & Schwarcz oxford full brogues, a pair of snuff suede Rancourt & Co. Ranger Mocs and a pair of navy Sebago Docksides.
    That's about it.

    I am looking for as conservative a black plain captoe oxford as possible.
    It will get worn with suits for all social and professional events of highest importance in my future life.
    I have looked at C&J and tried on Hallam, Connaught and Audley.
    Hallam was too narrow for my liking and looked too pointy, Connaught looked fantastic but was too wide and high in the toe box for my feet.
    Audley did fit very nicely but I just don't like it enough to spend 520€ on it while I can have a shoe of superior quality and looks for less money elsewhere.

    Can one compare the F last to the C&J 337 in width and length?
    The lacing of the 337 was only slightly opened on my feet, I would expect it to close perfectly with some stretching of the leather.
    Would the F last have too great of an instep for my low/medium feet?
    What's the difference between the Vass Chelsea and the OEII?

    I am a UK6.5E in C&J 337 and US7.5D on the Brannock device by the way.
     
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    What colour is the Budapest in the middle --Burgundy? Or Oxblood?
     
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    Louis XIV Senior member

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    It's a picture of the first page of this thread, kolecho posted it, he should know for sure :)
     
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    I have a feeling that's Bordeaux
     

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