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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. bertie

    bertie Senior member

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    Large foot bones okay
     


  2. Fiddler

    Fiddler Senior member

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    Excellent....I particularly like the loafers.
     


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    Swede66 Senior member

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    Nice. Is the stitching on the vamp hand sewn?
     


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    Nice. Is the stitching on the vamp hand sewn?
     


  5. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    99% sure - for stitches around that awkward part of the leather no machine can handle.

    The upper stitches on my EG Dover takes a skilled craftsman 3 hours to complete 1 pair, using pigs bristle and fine needles.

    I asked Vass if they can attempt something similar to resemble the Dover stitches - I am still waiting for feedback.


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  6. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    These guys opened up about 2 years in Budapest - literally 2 doors down from Vass old shop, and now sits strategically in between Vass old & new shop.
    Don't think Mr Vass was impressed with the timing....

    If you do get a chance to try on and feel the shoes first hand - you'll be disappointed to know the finishing and quality just isn't on par with Vass (yet).
    Although their retail prices is about 10-15% lower, than Vass I still couldn't justify parting with my money given the leather grade and quality.
    They have large contracts with a couple of German retailers and produce on a bigger RTW scale than Vass - guess the success in Germany allowed
    them to open their own shop and promote their own brand name....

    Their high end models did have potential to compete with Vass, but you can tell by the finishing it's more geared towards their high earning RTW operation....
    Still lots of potential for this firm....but still I put them in Barker high end target market for comparison.
    Feel free to challenge my opinion if you have owned a pair of Budag...

    There another shoe maker next door to Vass called K Roznei (spelling needs correction) - some of their model are also flamboyant and geared towards the German market, but finishing is "nearly" on par to Vass - so I pulled the trigger and parted €400 for my boots.

    Pictures to come..
     
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    Thank you so much for your answer. I did not know that. That means my other trees do not work the way they should.

    I wonder though, I was under the impression that the lasted trees Vass offers (sometimes only, sadly) fill the shoes completely thus touching the vamp as well. Am I mistaken?

    Florian
     


  8. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    http://rozsnyaishoes.com/uj/flashxml/imagescrollinggalleryfxe/index.html ? Their Budapest/04 model is lovely-- much the same character as the Vass, but a longer and more graceful toe.
     
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  9. Swede66

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    Please keep us posted on this! I was thinking about the same thing
     


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    Thank you, saddle cordovan is really amazing
     


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    This is an extremely helpful post.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sure would be nice if we could have stickies with items such as this.

    Thanks again.

    Dan
     


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    Ilovelobbs, thank you for your reply and insight on this maker. Very helpful. I will guote it in the Buday thread. Concordia, thank you for the link. Looks interesting.
     


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    I made an order yesterday and it seems like they have increased their price for cordovan. I wanted my shoes in antic cognac shell cordovan and got this answer:

    "Thank you for your email!
    Yes, the Cordovan shoes are for 230.- Euro more. The requested model can be made ready for you with the double sole. It is for 420.- Euro available. "

    I choose to buy my shoes in regular leather for 420 Euro.
     


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    Rikod - are your loafer and derby above the same size in the F last? If yes, how does the loafer fit relative to the derby. My Vass derby and double monk fit looser than my oxfords by a noticeable margin in size 45.
     


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    They both fit perfect but I guess this is because they have my foot prints with measures and they adjust things to fit my foot so all my Vass fit mostly the same in every style.

    If you order by sizes, I would definitely recommend, without any doubts, to downsize at least half a size for loafers. That is my experience not only with loafers from Vass, but other makers as well like GG, C&J and Alden.
     


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