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

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

  1. SHS

    SHS Senior member

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    Thanks for the reply. You also mentioned that Vass would begin to use dainite instead of vibram. Is that for topies as well, or just for a complete dainite sole?
     


  2. rikod

    rikod Senior member

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    I never had any problems with Vass topy, but the vibram soles are quite thick and they are glued, my walking is clumsy and I keep hitting the front part of the sole with everything possible including the pavement, one of those times it came right off on the front about 1.5 inches. I don't know which cement the cobbler used but it worked very well.
     


  3. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

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    Yes it is possible, although I haven't seen the result yet.
    Recently I've sent Vass my measurements made by another cobbler and now waiting for the shoes.
     


  4. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    I am currently in contact with vass working out my sizing and appropriate last, but something surprised me. I was told that the 3636 last was wide (not surprising), but also that the budapest last was "narrower than the others" (surprised). I was under the impression that this was Vass's widest last?
     


  5. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    You need to clarify 2 things.

    1) Oxford Budapest Model

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    2) The Budapest Last

    They are 2 different shoes.
     


  6. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    I was told the same thing about the Budapest last when asking for advice on sizing based on my New Peter sizing.

    In re. sending measurements. Does this result in a custom fit of a given last or is the purpose to eliminate the guessing game of what standard size will fit in the various lasts and which lasts are best suited for a given pair of feet?
     


  7. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    I mean the last, and based on Mr. Kuti's reply. He fully understood me.

    Sending measurements (as per my understanding) helps them pick the best size for you in a given last. For custom fit or "semi-bespoke" I believe you need to visit the store. I personally told them which lasts I liked, and then asked which ones would fit best. I have a wider foot, so I asked only about the P2, 3636, and budapest.
     


  8. rikod

    rikod Senior member

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    I think dealings with Mr. Kuti should be kept private, or by pm. At least that's the way I see it.
     


  9. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    The Budapest last fits me very, very well and my feet are on the narrow side. It allows good wiggle room for your toes, but it contours around the foot nicely and naturally. Photos online make it appear much more bulbous than it actually is. In real life it's quite elegant.
     


  10. Belligero

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    I'll confirm that Budapest last is narrow and less clunky than it appears. There is good toe space, but be advised that the forefoot area is low in both height and volume, and so is the instep. I might have been better off going up half a size from P2 but mine are still at the getting-to-know stage.
     


  11. Gauss17

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    I see no reason that the way a last fits cannot be discussed on the forums. If Paul Grangaard said the AE 5 last fits narrow, do you think it would be strange to repeat that information?
     


  12. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Whatever conversation with venders should stay private. Unless the vender acknowledges and agrees that the conversation should be published on the Internet.

    Just common courtesy. You don't want your private conversation being recorded and published as public knowledge, do you?
     


  13. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    As a general rule, I agree. However, when the information probably useful to the public, not business sensitive, and probably been repeated many times to a customer base, I don't see an issue. Lots of people on SF do this. For example, someone wants to know if a sport coat is fully canvassed, and someone reports, associate from Brooks Brothers (we will call him Steve) says that yes, it is, it is helpful information and may boost business.

    If it were say, where they sourced their leather, maybe they would prefer it if you didn't spread that information around. However, for the fitting of their lasts? This is critical information for buyers that they will without a doubt, share anyhow.
     


  14. archangle13

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    Vass topy is nailed to the sole. I don't see the point in getting vibram, especially in terms of aesthetics and durability. Unless you intend to trek around the woods in your Vass...
     


  15. Belligero

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    [​IMG]

    It's mostly above the treeline, but I've done the Preikestolen hike on a dry day in their Goyser-stitched high boots and they didn't complain::

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    I was feeling extra-Scottish that day for some reason.

    It snows here sometimes and it rains frequently; the Vibram is handy for the Norwegian climate, but I think Dainite would be a better choice for a normal person who wants a more wet-country-compatible sole.

    While I agree with the point about durability, the aesthetics are fine by me:

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    (Ms. Belligero's boots; cuffs turned up for photo, obviously)
     
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