Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Jul 24, 2009.
Very nice green!
Aah...this was the model that inspired me to try oil green calf on a 2 eye derby....never regretted it...great shoes above....always wanted to see them away from the Vass website. I am taking mine to the cobblers to get the side darkened today.
FrankCowperwood : Damn, the oil green derbies look so great !
I was wondering what the result would be with this weird color, the pictures are better than expected !
Worth an order !
Hampton : would you be so kind to post a profile picture of your high boots, to see what vibram soles look with this design ?
RogerP : Your Budapest oxford look terrific. Extremely smart with a little touch of fun. Awesome (and once more, they look better worn than on ebay pictures).
Thanks for the comments guys - I was not at all sure how these would be received. I wore them to a higher end men's outlet store today and literally got comments from every single staff member there. Here's one more real-world shot in natural light to better show the colours:
They look great! What 3 leathers are those? Is the middle one Antique Cognac?
Thanks grendel - I'm not sure of the names for each of the three colours, though I believe you are correct about the middle being Antiqe Cognac.
GREAT shoes! Congrats on purchase. I also like some of the low boots Ascot's got.
+1 If tri-tone shoes can be considered to be subtle, these are it.
Hey guys, I have a question about making scotchgrain water-resistant. I have been reading other shoe threads and many members have used either Sno-Seal, Montana pitch blend, or Obenauf's lp.
What would you all recommend for a pair of Vass high boots in scotchgrain? I recently posted a pic of my pair a page or two back and was wondering what would be best. I added some Alden Leather Defender on my pair earlier today but a couple of hours later when it started raining heavily I noticed no discernible effects, as the leather still absorbed the water. Any input would be appreciated.
I have used Sno Seal on a C&J Breckons and can confirm that it defend scothchgrain leather from water very well.
RogerP, those are funky! I lack the balls to wear something as wild, but I'm glad to see you rocking. Wear them in health.
isshinryu, I like it !
I have been envolved with Vass for a long time, and have been asked by the Vass sales manager to ask for your ideas on improving the brand. As some sort of market research, I would like to ask to all of you some questions, for example:
- What would you like to see in the future from Vass?
- What is you opinion on their offered styles, lasts, leather colors, leather quality, MTO possibilities...?
- Basically, what is your general impression of Vass shoes, and the Vass brand?
Vass would like to create more brand awareness, which would enable them to make more sales and open stores in other cities. As a hungarian brand, it is not that easy to do, and they would appreciate your thoughts and help on this..
I'm looking forward to constructive ideas, remarks, suggestions..
This has got me thinking. I think Vass fundamentally has one thing going for it: top-notch quality at a very affordable price. Don't sacrifice on the quality, otherwise it's just a bad EG copy.
Anyway, I like the diversity of lasts. Personally, my favourite is the F-last, but I like the idea that they also offer the traditional Austria-Hungarian lasts, it gives them a degree of legitimacy as a heritage brand, despite the fact that they only started in the 70's.
What I do think could be improved upon, is on-line communication. Vass has respectable visibility on styleforum, but beyond that it's pretty hard to get some good idea of the brand, the shoes, or the MtO options. If it were up to me, I'd seriously consider an overhaul of the website, and maybe to actively start blogging about the shoes they're making. For example, I love how straight-forward Bespoke-England's website is in regards to G&G and the MtO options.
Finally, I don't know if Vass has a clear idea of its target customers, but before opening other stores, I'd seriously wonder how many of Vass' customers don't shop on-line.
1. Hook up with quality, small retailers here in the States. Epaulet and/or Leffot are the perfect venue (see what they've done with Carmina and Alfred Sargent, inferior shoes imo). Allow MTO service and maybe get into the whole trunk show thing.
2, Encourage their stores (and Vass itself) to blog with p0rn pics - here is the only place to find good pics of teh vash. Allow these stores to ship to non-threatening countries (never try to send anything to Russia, Italy, etc., as their postal systems are nefariously shoddy). The stock pics on their website are silly compared to the real life pics taken in this thread by many gents. Tell them to invest in a DSLR and have someone who loves Vass and loves photography to show them how to take better pics. Meermin seems to be doing a far better job at marketing a vass-tly inferior product.
3. Beyond the goyser, add reverse and barbour welting.
4. Their lasts are the best I've seen - I would argue they should avoid adding too many more. Their styles may retain their iconic nature this way.
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