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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. Slickman

    Slickman Senior member

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    Anyone know how vass stacks up with riccardo freccia bestetti?
     
  2. nickrut

    nickrut Senior member

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    How's vass compare to GG Deco? Can't be close right based on price point
     
  3. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    GG Deco has finer polish and special leather colour, that's it really. Doubt the GG are better made than Vass.
     
  4. MRMan

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    As a follow-up from a few weeks ago, some of us North Americans were discussing costs of ordering direct from Vass, specifically using CurrencyFair. My very limited experience:

    Shoes: 420 EUR, Trees: 30 EUR, Metal toe taps: 20 EUR, Shipping: 35 EUR
    Total: 505 EUR
    Minus VAT reduction: 410 EUR (woo-hoo!)

    Cost to buy 410 Euro for wire transfer at my bank: 558 CAD
    Cost to buy 410 Euro from CurrencyFair (same day): 544 CAD (near interbank rate)

    Wire transfer Canadian bank to CurrencyFair: 25 CAD (stupid, but I could find no other way), no receiving fees
    Wire transfer, CurrencyFair to Vass: 3 Euro (~4 CAD)
    Receiving fees at Vass bank: Not sure, I sent what was asked (410 EUR) and there was no complaint.
    Duties, sales tax, FedEx brokerage: 44 CAD

    Total: $617 CAD - fantastic bargain IMHO

    I saved a few bucks on the exchange with CurrencyFair versus direct transfer from my bank, but probably not worth the hassle of setting up a CurrencyFair account (although it is easy) unless you plan on making many purchases. CurrencyFair to Vass transfer required about 2 clicks of a mouse though.

    When you figure there may be some variability in duties/brokerage, sizing issues, and the risk that Vass will send you something other than what you wanted, I think proxies provide a valuable service for a reasonable cost. Now that I'm comfortable with sizing though I will likely continue to order direct.
     
  5. sdolina

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    Going to order the same shoes but due to high instep will go MTM route. Thank for the hint rikod!
    I a meanwhile got this info about the Vass' suede (from the first hands), maybe you concider it helpfull:

    We are using two types of suede. The first is a high quality full grain calf skin that has been finished for use with the flesh side out in brown, light brown, blue and burgundy.
    The second is a good quality but not the same tannery. It is not as commercial as the others are using but not the French quality. These are: black, grey and green colors.
     
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  6. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    Dark Brown shell by Vass just maaayyyy be my favorite color of theirs.

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  7. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Senior member

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    So... I have something coming from Vass.... it weighs 3.3 pounds, but I don't know what it is... any ideas? :D
     
  8. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If it doesn't have anchovies and extra cheese on it, I'd return it.
     
  9. tcideneb

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    Hi, which Vass model would be the closet to JL city II shoes? Does anyone have pics of the Vass equivalent ( if there is one ) in museum brown equivalent? Thanks
     
  10. Concub1ne

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    Good to know. I've been thinking about getting some kind of burgundy or bordeaux shoes from vass, but this reminds me that I am missing the besung blue suede shoes as well.
     
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  12. rikod

    rikod Senior member

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    Speaking of OE plain, Saddle cordovan, U last


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  13. rikod

    rikod Senior member

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    And something completely different, theresianer in blue calf, New Peter Last


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    My mistake was ordering this pair with a double sole, I think a single sole would look better
     
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  14. rikod

    rikod Senior member

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    Yes dark brown shell is great, what last?
     
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    Fiddler Senior member

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    Great colour...very understated for navy.
     
  17. bengal-stripe

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    It is the laid-on heel cap, as you can see in this picture.
     
  18. Silence

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    This model is meant to be a double-sole one, right? Is the heel lifted off the horizontal plane?

    I read that singe-sole models that are made on the double sole have the heels lifted at the front. I wonder if a double-sole model will be the opposite if made with a single sole.
     
  19. sugarbutch

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    Lovely.
     
  20. mimo

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    The problem to which you refer is the "HAF" sole or two-into-one, where there is a double sole on the front of the foot that is skived away into a single sole over the waist, giving a more elegant, tapered look. With a full double sole, the extra layer extends all the way to the heel, so there is balance with the extra layer on the forefoot. But with the two-into-one, the double layer on the forefoot ceases before the waist and does not extend over the the heel, leaving the heel and sole slightly out of kilter. But if you ask, they will put an extra layer on the heel to compensate. I guess the reason they don't as a matter of course is aesthetic - as the sole in the waist area next to the heel is single, the heel looks taller if they add a layer. But they should.

    Anyway, the point is that this is irrelevant to the full double sole, which should be perfectly in balance. It's just a matter then of what you like.
     
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