Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Jul 24, 2009.
It's the Crockett & Jones Westfield in 341 last.
thank you for posting good looking suede family
Someone was looking for photos of Vass being worn -- here are my Berkeleys (F-last in antique cognac):
I'm very close to ordering my first pair of Vass shoes. I think I will be getting the pikachoo austerity brogue boot in one of the cognac colours, but I think I ought to ask for some advice on the subject of lasts. I'm considering the F-last, but do any of you think the F-last could work on a "casual" shoe?
Beautiful! Is that natural edge dressing?
Here's my porn contribution - one pair arrived and another inbound.
First up is a pair that, frankly, I don't expect to have broad appeal. They are BOLD. They are very different from anything I own. And I absolutely LOVE them.
Budapest Oxford, in antique cognac combination finish, with goiser stitch and sturdy double-oak sole (all pics from the vendor - Sammy at Ascot Shoes, used with permission):
Inbound is a pair of very deep oxblood double-monks:
Can't wait for these to arrive!
Well, I for one think these look great. Are these U last? I really like the selection of leathers. The colors work very nicely together. The Goyser stitching and the double leather sole also look great. Please post more photos of these on your feet when they arrive. I'm getting excited to make another order from looking at the recent photos here. Wearing my oiled green Alt Wiens today.
Everything about this is right.
Agree - have ogled those three-tone oxford budapesters many a time on eBay!
Frank, your weird oiled olives look even more awesome on the foot. Real shit-kickers in the most exclusive-looking and cool way possible. That's a real win right there.
Those Kermit shoes are fantastic! Green would never have occurred to me, but those look terrific with jeans. This place is dangerous.
Yes, the Budapesters are U-last, the double-monks are K.
Here's one shot on-foot - having a little extra fun with the socks:
And a close-up:
After lurking this thread for some time I have finally gone ahead with ordering. I thought I'd deal with Vass directly and then compare total cost and ease of transaction to working with a proxy on future orders. Dealing with Vass has been surprisingly simple and pleasant, but I'm starting to have my doubts re: any cost savings.
My inquiry: London model with stitched uppers, F-last, 6125 dark cognac calf, double to single sole, flush metal toe taps
Cost: 420 euro + 30 (trees) + 20 (toe plates) + 35 shipping (Fedex) = 505 euros ($675 CAD/USD)
Even using CurrencyFair (which I signed up for after reading some positive press) and assuming a miracle of no duties/brokerage fees (which has never happened for me for anything marked > $20 and I order overseas or from the US all the time), it looks like proxies win (assuming they still run at $650). Maybe that assumption is wrong and you can forget this whole thing.
Am I missing something? If there is a VAT deduction then I may be out ahead, but somewhere I read Vass doesn't do that. That price is more than fair for the apparent quality, but I've just always thought there was a premium when dealing with proxies.
^^^ Sounds to me like you're a little bit ahead of the game in pricing, though without being able to compare this specific model as offered from another source, it's hard to say.
If they are shipped by FedEx, you WILL get dinged for duties AND taxes AND brokerage fees (assuming you are in Canada). Which adds up to ouch. I avoid couriers whenever possible and go by a trackable postal method with local postal delivery at my end. Odds of not getting gouged are far better than miraculous.
They should deduct VAT from everything but the shipping charge (that's a service delivered to them, so not deductible as goods for export outside the EU. They refer to VAT deductions on their pricing so I can't see why they wouldn't. VAT in Hungary is 27 % so:
(420 + 30 + 20) / 1.27 + 35 = 405 Euros = $541
That said, I've heard horrible things about duty and brokerage fees from couriers in North America, and I don't know what your transaction costs will be. As I understand it, Vass don't like to use the local postal service to send via EMS, because they've had problems with them. The downside (and I've found this where I live too), is that the EMS parcel delivery (used by most postal services) tends to bypass the whole customs thing pretty easily, even though it's slower. But Fedex DHL etc always end up paying the duty and claiming it back from you. Where I am, there are no fees for that, and duty is only 5% anyway. But still, it's an annoyance.
I suspect that if you're receiving via Fedex in North America, and taking into account exchange and bank transfer fees, it might end up costing you that $100 difference: the proxies who can post to you via EMS probably save you everything they make. I'd probably go direct, but if I were in America I might well use a proxy.
Last May I've paid 360 euros without VAT for the calf DM including trees , shipping extra.
So you probably forgot to exclude VAT
PS And VASS can mark your shoes a test samples (no cost), to reduce duties.
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