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

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

  1. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    ^ love both pairs of boots
     


  2. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Certain communication should be kept private - unless we have full consent of Mr Kuti.
    i.e. sensitive price information on discounts when buying larger quantities..

    There was a posting earlier when one gentleman paid a bargain $100 for resole on 2 pairs and shipping to Norway.
    He later clarified it was goodwill after buying 10+ pairs from Vass over the years.

    If the gentleman had no clarified the situation - everyone would have emailed Mr Kuti expecting the
    same deal ....this informative forum gonna give Vass a little headache.

    Information on sizing and fitting can be subjective too - Mr Kuti recommendation
    based on his product knowledge and the measurements you given him will
    probably only apply to you. Obviously, there's no harm in asking for 2nd
    opinion on this forum.
     


  3. Fiddler

    Fiddler Senior member

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    I agree. That is why I do not post prices.
     
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    rikod Senior member

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    This is spot on, that is what I meant.
     


  5. DJJD

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    Gents I've received my pair of cordovan boots !!
    I'll make pictures of them later, now it's time for contemplation ;)
     


  6. retozimmermann

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    Korea is actually very good compared to the EU. Only 10% VAT and since there is a free trade agreement with the EU, the import duties on shoes have been done away with. Japan, on the other hand, is quite a different matter. That's why we have a number of Japanese customers. Their import duties and retails prices are just through the roof. On a recent trip to Japan I saw that sometimes their retail prices for the same models of shoes are 200% of ours.

    As far as Paying VAT is stupid is concerned, I'd say this: Either there should be taxation on the income, or there should be taxation on spending. Doing both is just greedy (which governments are, see Europe going down in flames if they don't wake up).
     


  7. retozimmermann

    retozimmermann Senior member

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    Thought I'd post one of my personal favourites, the Double Monk. We've seen it done quite a lot on the U last, which to me really only looks good in black. The gold standard for this is still the F last. The Bordeaux Oxford is a classic almost, so I thought a bit of change might be nice. Navy blue. More than happy how that has turned out.

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    Got a nice email from vass today, got two packages in transit. Should arrive on monday!
     


  9. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Those double monks look terrific, but I disagree that the F last is universally superior in this application. It depends on one's personal preference, but U and K give that design a sleeker look than the more round-toed F.
     


  10. retozimmermann

    retozimmermann Senior member

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    I'm a fan of the U last myself, it's just that for me it only looked great with the Double Monk in black, but of course this is all a question of preference. And probably my perception is slightly skewed because most U last double monks which I have seen have been Bordeaux. While it is a fabulous colour for this shoe, I've often found it "a bit too much" on the sleek U last. Monks are already special, then the red colour is special, and then the pointy last. It often felt a bit like overdoing it in this combination. Seems I feel less like this as soon as the colours darken :happy:

    Here's another view on a few different incarnations. F last is on the left, all else is U.

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  11. archangle13

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    +1 I agree totally. The U last and, to a lesser extent, the K last, are too angular and sharp for an angular model (with the squarish flap) like the double monk. It looks like an ugly gadget.

    The F last looks a lot more organic. It balances visually with the double monk's flaps.
     


  12. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Well, you are all more than entitled to your views, but I wouldn't swap the K-last in my oxblood double monks for the F-last. Ugly gadget? Not to my eyes. I don't own a pair of shoes that has drawn more compliments than these.

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    I do like my F-last punch caps and find that last well suited to what is a very conservative shoe.

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    Double monks aren't a conservative design, and a safe, comparatively round-toed last doesn't suit them as well for my liking.

    Left to right, K, F, U

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  13. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Ugly a harsh word used in the context of describing well crafted shoes from Vass...
    Personally I am a big fan of the Dmitri Gomez inspired design of Crockett's 348 last. I have not found any last
    from other British players that looks as sleek and fit comfortably on my feet....Until Vass K last came out,
    I was hooked.

    I do agree the old classic double monks from Vass suits the F last more, using the copper/bronze buckles.
    But Vass have come out with a sharper cutting double monk, using silver buckles which in my opinion suit the K last more.
     


  14. archangle13

    archangle13 Senior member

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    Pardon my choice of words.
     


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    Gentlemen, I have a very odd problem. It takes a hell lot of strength to take my shoe trees out of my Vass. The spring seems to be very stiff.

    Someone please tell me I am not alone.

    P.S. advice like 'go beef up' is not helpful.
     


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