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

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

  1. Verniza

    Verniza Senior member

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    Hello my fellow friends.

    With regards to sizing for the F Last, how does it compare to say the G&G DG70?

    I'm a UK8.5 on DG70 and a tight UK8 on AS lasts. Would hugely appreciate your kind assistance.
     
  2. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Your G&G DG70 - is it a Derby? Oxford? or Loafer? Do you know the difference?

    Safest bet is 42.5
     
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  3. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Keep to same size - otherwise you run a higher risk of returning them if you deviate by half size.
     
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    I myself am struggling with sizing. Communication with Mr. Kuti makes me think that their F last size is true-to-size to Brannock device in EUR measurement. Is this a generally accepted view here?

    I think it is better to avoid using UK sizing to order Vass shoes.
     
  5. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Yes to Carmina, Magniani and Yanko.

    Tried a pair of Carmina at The Armoury/HK.
    Similar in price and finishing to C&J's - but overall impression is positive.
    I know the Japanese are big fans due to some of the toe shape being extremely
    eye catching to the Japanese market....


    When I talk of Lobbs - I mean John Lobb Paris (mainly RTW and MTO)
    NOT John Lobb London - they only do Bespoke from £3k upwards....
    I'll need to compromise on a lot of shoes for 1 pair of JL London.
    My feet are fine with no abnormality (touch wood) so no need to go down the
    bespoke route. IMO inefficient allocation of resources unless you need to on
    medical reason or you have lots of Wonga to launder.

    I am a big fan of John Lobb Paris leather - espescially the marble effect musuem
    calf. There only 1 tannery in Italy that supply this delicate leather to Hermes (thus JL)
    It's bloody high maintenaince and high quality (but not as durable as Vass French Calf and SC
    Calf) The tannery pretty stubborn and won't entertain any business with the likes of SC/Vass.
     
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  6. Verniza

    Verniza Senior member

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    It's the Rothschild to be specific.

    I find myself wearing UK8.5 due to a wide toe box which makes UK8 shoes tight upfront at the toe width while having more than enough room with the length.



    Well most of one's shoes experience around here belongs to the Englishmen. It's a fate we cannot escape.
     
  7. Fiddler

    Fiddler Senior member

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    I wear 8.5 E in G&G and am a perfect 42 on the F Last.
     
  8. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Can you check it's printed 42 and not 42- on the sole. As 42- would mean 42.5

    If it's indeed 42, we're giving our fellow SF member a slight headache, but it adds to the
    sampling data.
     
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    gyasih Senior member

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    They are a 44.

    No, the V was a little less than .5" I think that it may be just a result of breaking in and I am over concerned. They aren't touching.
     
  10. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Nothing to be concerned about - if it was touching or overlapping before breaking into them, then
    be worried. This is more to do with fitting around your in-step. You can buy special padding
    to fit below the lace hole.

    Most of my fully broken into shoes (This rule only applies to Oxford Lace-up) has a healthy V-gap of around 1.5cm (.5")
    on the top lace hole.
     
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    This will change soon
     
  12. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    best bet is to take your measurements(tons of info available online) and send it over and let them figure it out.
     
  13. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    This is interesting - keep us updated....Is this for Vass for S Crispin?
    At end of the day, if there money to be made why not sell to others.

    Lobb museum calf distinctly unique I have never seen any shoe makers
    getting hold of this leather. Mr Carr from SC a straight talking gent and
    tried to appraoch these guys before, but got put off with their Italian
    Mafioso... attitude.
     
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  14. terrorsquad

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    It is for Vass. Well, Meermin just got hold of them from Ilcea (the tannery that produces museum calf for John Lobb); I organized a group MTO for their Linea Maestro line in museum calf. You can check the Meermin thread out, I posted pictures of the leather that just arrived with Meermin a few pages back.
     
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  15. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Be great if you can post them on here...

    Is Meermin a high volume producer?
     

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