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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. Cal135

    Cal135 Active Member

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    Brown cordovan, U-last. I have 15 pairs of shoes/boots made by Vass. Three pairs in cordovan. I would recommend calf or grain instead of cordovan.

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  2. SHS

    SHS Senior Member

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    ^Why would you not recommend cordovan?
     


  3. Cal135

    Cal135 Active Member

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    Nothing wrong in cordovan as such. Good and strong leather, relatively easy to maintain, but for me it has become boring. I prefer the patina that you can get from good calf (assuming you take good care of your shoes), cordovan just doesn't age as nicely. Cordovan could be ok for a hard wearing boots, but even for those my pick would be grain.
     


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    alloy13 Well-Known Member

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    Many say the F last looks plump in pictures but is sleek in person.

    It may have to do with the high instep, which is partially hidden when trousers are worn.

    My 41.5 F last Italian oxfords above. For the small size, they are really quite pointy, almost like the G&G Deco last.
     


  5. RogerP

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    alloy13 - I think the perception of the plumpness of the F-last is more in comparative (with, say, K and U lasts) than absolute terms. I have a pair of black F-last punch caps. Love the shoes. They are far from blobby, but I'd have a hard time calling them "sleek" - particularly if they are sitting on the rack next to my K-last monks.

    Nice wholecuts, by the way.
     
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    I'll have to completely disagree with that - even allowing for differences in subjective perception. Shell cordovan has always represented a small minority in my shoe rotation as comared with calf, but ages just as nicely in my opinion, assuming both are equally well cared for. Franky, I find much of this rhapsodizing about the "patina" of calf shoes rather overblown.
     


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    Thanks for posting..
     


  8. RogerP

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    Huge Vass fan here, but I have seen those Carminas in person and they are gorgeous.
     


  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew, good looking suede wt, wear in good health
     


  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    good people can agree to disagree. the patina on #8 is the best
     


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    Its hard to say but to me it looks like the fit of those doesnt seem to work for you. I mean I only have a few pairs of cordovan but my creasing is not as bad as yours are. I think my cordovans have aged wonderfully and its been a short time since I have had them and I love them.
     


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    I was thinking the same regarding fit - none of my cordovan shoes reflect anywhere near that level of creasing - almost looks like the shoes are a full size too big.
     


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    I had some creasing with my pair (although not as close to the tip as the pair being discussed) and I'm wondering maybe part of it is Vass' toe puff/stiffener does not go as far up as other shoes. Just thinking out loud as I do not know if this would make a difference. I also wonder if wingtip designs tend to do this more.
     


  14. Concordia

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    Nice looking, although I'm not sure that I associate suede with Dainite. I'm thinking of getting that model in either black or oxblood calf in the P2. There is a wide F, but Reszo says that it is essentially a P2 with just a little difference in the toe shape. I could experiment on this, but P2 looks its sleekest with a wing-tip, if you don't count the Norweger.
     
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    How do you know how well they age if you only have them for a short time?

    And regarding creases, it might or might not be a fit "problem" as all RTW shoes will have fit problems one way or the other. And sometimes even bespoke shoes will have fit problems...
     


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