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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. obama

    obama Well-Known Member

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    Torsion,

    Sizing-wise, my feet have similar size as yours, maybe a bit bigger. I am UK 7 in almost all brands I tried, eg C&J 348, Merrmin, Carmina Robert Last. I initially ordered size 41.5 in F last based on Mr. Kuti's advice, which some people said is often on the big side. But then, I have a kind friend offered me a 40 (also in F last) and it mostly fit or just slightly too long (but not long enough to have heel slipping). So, I have amended my order to 39.5G , which according to Mr. Kuti has slightly shorter length than 40 but roughly the same width.

    Depend on the desire fit of you and how aggressive you are in finding the best fit size for the first purchase, I think 40.5 will be big for you but u can always add an insole. If i were you, i would at least go down to 40 or even 39.5. I will not be surprised if you finally land on 39. Take everything in my post as a grant of salt though. I have limited experience as you can see. Sorry if I have confused you further.

    I have no experience in proxy. So, no info.
     


  2. bamboo

    bamboo Senior member

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    I would say 39.5. (edited from 39 to 39.5)

    I am TTS US6D, UK5.5E. I would wear UK5 on 348 last.
    My first Vass was 39.5 F last, recommended by European retailer. It turned out to be the biggest shoes I ever bought. I got 38.5. Still big, I insert insoles and it became wearable.
    My next pair will be 38 on narrow last (width E). If your instep is high enough, you can wear Vass F with insoles without much compromise on comfort. F last is quite ample around instep, my laces are fully closed after inserting insoles. They are very soft so adding insole does not change the feeling much (compared to other brands).

    I have a feeling that Vass may send you the shoes for size trial if you are committed to purchase. (I have not tried it).

    Unless, proxy is very knowledgeable about Vass sizing, I do not see much point using it. I bought from retailer who claimed expertise of sizing for international customers but they proved themselves useless.
     
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  3. billsayers

    billsayers Senior member

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    I wear a UK6 in EG 82 last and C&J 348 last. I have three pairs of Vass and they are all size 40 in the U-last.

    For you, I would go size 40.5 in the U-last. Not sure if you should size down half a size for the F-last.
     


  4. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    Curious if any of your U lasted shoes are wingtips? If so, do you have pics of them? Curious to see the creasing because the last Vass pair I had creased close to the end (my guess the size was too big). Thanks.
     


  5. Bonggoy

    Bonggoy Senior member

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    I'm 7UK as well. 40.5 in F last fits me perfectly. 40 was a little too tight. I tried both in at the store. Same thing with new Peter last.
     


  6. tcideneb

    tcideneb Well-Known Member

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    I'm 7UK as well. 40.5 in F last fits me perfectly. 40 was a little too tight. I tried both in at the store. Same thing with new Peter last. I 2nd that.. I'm between 7-7.5 uk and I got a 41.5 for Budapest last and F last. Have not received my F last shoes yet but tried them in store and 41.5 was good for me
     


  7. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Senior member

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    sstomcat, great looking shoes. Are they shell? I'm definitely new to Vass appreciation, but they are really growing on me. I read a little of Laszlo Vass' book "Handmade Shoes For Men" today, the Alt Wiens seem pretty cool. Are there other tweaks and/or extras which would improve the appearance like decoration on the heels, goyser welt or not, special nail patterns on the soles, and other types of personal touches? Thanks.
     


  8. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Yes they are shell. It is a matter of personal preference, and I have both with and w/o goyser and like both. I try to keep it simple and like a simplistic look over all the bell and whistles....
     


  9. BeSpiffington

    BeSpiffington Senior member

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    sstomcat, thanks for the info. As far as personalizing the Vass shoes I'll let my decision be guided by the people at Vass. With Horween shell colors it's all about availability. I wear a US11.5D and a EU45, so fitting shouldn't be a proplem. I like to keep it simple also. What welt works better with a suit and tie, goyser or not, or doesn't it really matter? I ask because I tend to dress more formally with creased slacks and collared shirts.The most important thing for me when buying dress shoes is comfort because I like to walk a lot.
     
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  10. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    Glad to be of help. You have hit the nail on the head. No matter how good a shoe looks fit is very important.
    As for dress, I would not go with goyser which I feel is more suited for a semi formal type of shoe like the Budapester last. Also, my definition of a formal shoe with a suit is an oxford. At Vass there is no dearth of choices but choose wisely, the same shoe in different lasts fit differently.
     
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  11. rikod

    rikod Senior member

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    Very nice and suptle leather

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  12. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    Has anyone with dub monks seem one of their straps come off? Ripped mine yesterday after 1.5 years or so...
     


  13. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    The shoe is trying to send you a message........
     


  14. Ascotshoes

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    With permission from our Swiss client - a pair of MTO Wholecut

    1) Size Eu44
    2) Antique Cognac calf
    3) U last
    4) Double sole - tapered to single at waist.
    5) Hand welted & steel toe inserts.



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  15. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Those are absolutely gorgeous - WANT!
     


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