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

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

  1. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    So you should be - they look even better "on the hoof". How you're wearing them helps, but as someone who's a bit ambivalent about double monks (really wearable, or just an i-gent fad?), I think these look absolutely tip-top. Well done, Sir.
     
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    Very nice, Congrats.
     
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    Very nice. Richard James socks?
     
  4. RogerP

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    Thanks Mimo. I understand that double-monks aren't for everyone, but I've been wearing them long before the term i-Gent emerged into the contemporary lexicon. I've had one pair in the rotation for about as long as I can remember. Not what I would recommend as a first good shoe, but a nice way to add some variety to the more conservative Oxfords and Derbys.
     
  5. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    I agree - I bought some once and then sold them because they didn't fit. But even then ( they were navy, nice actually) I had them in mind as casual alternatives rather than work-wear rotation. And i'm a guy who wears spectators! I also wear a black single monk as a slightly smarter slip-on alternative to loafers.

    But, quite literally, your pic above has sold me for the first time on the double monk as formal shoe. Thanks. I think. Now that's something else I have to buy...yeah thanks a bunch. Asshole. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks much. Good call on the socks (I had to go and check).
     
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    Guilty as charged! [​IMG] If you wear spectators, a nice pair of double-monks will not require a leap of faith.
     
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    Spectators are quite classic actually. Been worn for a long time. Though it might strike some people as being costumey and thus in the same shoe category as the double monks. However, historically, the spectators have been around since the 1800s

    Are there nice ones on an elegant last around though? I have the Allen Edmonds Broadstreet in dark brown and I wear them typically with linen trousers.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/73202/spectator-porn/435#post_5766923

    Wonder if Vass does it.
     
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    RogerP Senior member

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    Oh no doubt it's a classic design - but a bold choice today nonetheless. The same or more so than double-monks? I'm not sure.
     
  10. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    There are a couple of mine in that same thread - last page.

    But as for Vass spectators, I don't know. There are some brilliant ones a couple of pages back (RogerP's three-colour specials), and the great thing about Vass is that they make whatever you want, so pick your colours and styles and knock yourself out!

    I've never seen any canvas ones like mine (Cheaney for Herring, both pairs) from Vass, but I'm sure it's worth asking the question if that's your thing.
     
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    It IS a bold choice today. That's what I meant when I said that it might strike some as being constumey.

    I think that whether it's the exact same as double monks or not isn't what I'm getting at. I'm just saying that I, personally, would put them in a general category of shoes that are louder -- I hope that much is clear. I can elaborate on this but I think I shall just leave it there.


    I seem to remember Carmina having smth similar in canvas! But the canvas specs are certainly unique. I prefer a two-tone version myself.

    I shall see what Vass can do. They seem to be pretty on the ball.
     
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    ^^^ Understood and agreed.
     
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    I like the idea of canvas spectators. If you do end up asking about that particular variation on the style, please let us know what you find out.
     
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    LOL!
     

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