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

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

  1. zaxer

    zaxer Active Member

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    Which is the most distinctive Vass shoe? If you only could buy one to represent Vass on your shoe collection, which one would you choose?
     


  2. nickrut

    nickrut Senior member

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    IMO the OE2. Unique broguing
     


  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Nothing says Vass as much as the Budapest (wingtip derby) in Budapest last. Or maybe Alt Wien in 3636.

    But then I like Vass in the Ugolini lasts even though the only Vass inside them are the constructions.
     


  4. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    I like a round toe, and dislike a chisel toe.

    Am I correct that I should narrow my Vass search down to the Peter, F, and Old English lasts?
     
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  5. joiji

    joiji Senior member

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    Old English isn't a last, but yes. I believe the R last is also a reasonably round toe, but with a lower toebox.
     


  6. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Thanks, very helpful.

    /Dumb American who's never tried Austro Hungarian shoes. :nodding:
     


  7. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The New Peter (P2), P3, 3636, and Budapest lasts are also round-toed. The ones most like classic English lasts are probably the R, F, and P2, although YMMV.
     


  8. archangle13

    archangle13 Senior member

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    I think anything in the Budapest or 3636 last is distinctively Vass.
     


  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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  10. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Also, any stockists in the US with a big selection? Doesn't look like Leffot has anything
     
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  11. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can get the Norweger made on any of their lasts. AFAIK, there is no US dealership.
     
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  12. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    I disagree - I am not asking Vass to be another JL or Church wannabe. Otherwise they'll be coming out with a new last & model every year.
    And shipping half of their non-essential cheapo slip-on loafers to be made in Italy.

    My personal opinion to have a last to sit strategically in-between the U & F last. It's gonna be a personal and bespoke request when I
    see them in person. ....With Vass history and fundamentals in making shoes, I rather prefer Vass be making all the same shit I get
    from EG, JL, GG at similar or superior quality and at much attractive prices.

    I don't think half of the SF readers here would give a flying shit about Vass and their traditional stuff, had it not been for their creaative collaboration with
    Isetan/R Ugolino coming out with the original U/F last. And mentally he done well to derive the K last.....although his heart and
    bread & butter stuff on the old school design.

    I will challenge Mr Vass when I see him.
     


  13. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    I think you have a valid point - no other Austro-Hungarian maker has got the attention Vass has, and I agree that the reason is the unique mix of heavy, hand-made Hungarian shoes with striking Italian last shapes. Of course there are plenty who like the traditional shapes too, but the Ugolini + AH combo is Vass's USP.

    Regarding your suggestion, though, I'd suggest taking a look at the English-inspired R last before commissioning a whole new line for yourself! It might meet the mix quite nicely.
     
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    rikod Senior member

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    lol, half?, 90% of people in this forum would not give a flying shit about Vass if not for U/F, and I'm being conservative.
     


  15. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Time for Vass to make the C last to sit between FU and K lasts.
     


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