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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. agedashidofu

    agedashidofu Senior member

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    Ok, weather is really good this Sunday morning, so after last night's brushing & polishing

    Vass - Bordeaux Cordovan on K-Last - direct sunlight.

    While my vass are all U-lasts, I decided to take a risk w/ the K-last for the 1st time. A couple of differences that I noticed:

    1. Instep on K-last is a tad roomier vs. U-last. On the U-last, the V-gap for me is ~1.0 cm on the right foot, while on the K-last, it's only 0.75 cm. Yes, I did measure :)
    2. Toe box is shallower vs. U-last. No issues on the width - almost the same.
    3. It looks so chiseled from the side. I do find it a bit weird (completely fine when looked from the top.)

    I think I prefer the looks & the fit of the U-last (especially the instep.) Enjoy the pics!

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  2. OzzyJones

    OzzyJones Senior member

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    Oh wow! I'm not a fan of the K last but those look fantastic!
    I need me some Vass shell in Bordeaux or oxblood
     
  3. DonRaphael

    DonRaphael Senior member

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    Stunning shoes. Is there any length difference between the lasts?

    EDIT: I'm asking because I've been thinking of getting a pair of Vass on the K-last. While I'm really eager to get an exact pair of RogerP's oxblood double monks on the K-last (they're really awesome, RogerP) I'm thinking that maybe the K-last is better suited for wholecuts/oxfords without a toe cap because, at least to my eyes, it looks shorter and thus a wholecut on the U-last may be looking to long in real life. What's your thought on this?
     
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  4. bozzkeren

    bozzkeren Senior member

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    that one is K last and yes because of my first attempt at Vass i've got my sizes wrong, i went half size up

    i used Boot Black neutral polish, quite soft and waxy polish, not that kiwi dry kind
    yeah i think vass have batch variation in their oil green leather, mine was very soft and more olive in colour
    i've read way back that earlier and latest antique cognac and red cognac batch also have different tone
     
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  5. bozzkeren

    bozzkeren Senior member

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    great make up!!
    btw what do you mean the toe box is shallower in K last?
    does U last have more elongated nose? i thought it was vice versa
     
  6. agedashidofu

    agedashidofu Senior member

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    K-last is actually a tad bit longer (on the same size) vs. U-Last. Not noticeable at all from 4 - 5 feet away though :) I can post a few comparison pics when I get the time next week.
     
  7. agedashidofu

    agedashidofu Senior member

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    K-last has a more elongated nose vs. U-last - you're correct. Shallower means smaller volume in the toe box (height is lower vs. U-last in the toe box.) U-last has a more gradual decline from the Instep to the toe-box, while the K-last is steeper (it makes it look more angular.) If that makes sense. I can try to post comparison pics when I have time next week.
     
  8. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    @agedashidofu - damn, awesome makeup dude!

    @DonRaphael - thanks - my K and F last are the same length. Bottom line is there is less room in the toe box in K, whether one wants to attribute that to less lateral or vertical space. or a combination of both. I definitely perceive a narrower (i.e. pointier) toe box in K versus U.

    Edit - very quick and dirty comparison shot. K on the left, U on the right:
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  9. agedashidofu

    agedashidofu Senior member

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    Thanks Roger! I'm planning to get the gold museum calf next (but when they start re-sourcing from Ilcea again.) Your gold museum Calf F-last makes me drool every time I think about it :)

    Btw - now that I measure the K & U again - they're definitely the same length (thanks for the correction Roger.) Somehow the pointier toe on the K makes it look longer...
     
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  10. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    ^^^ Cheers my man.
     
  11. DonRaphael

    DonRaphael Senior member

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    Wow. I gotta say, your DM is not for the faint hearted. I need to get me a pair. Immediately.

    And thanks for clarifying about the length.
     
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  12. Torsion

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    Here's my oxblood K last DMs, for me the narrower toe box is no issue.These are built like a tank with the HAF soles, I've taken them out once but looking forward to plenty more wear!I'm now trying to decide what to get next
     
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  13. Bonney

    Bonney Senior member

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    is there any site to buy Vass online?
     
  14. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Senior member

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    BEAUTIFUL colors
     
  15. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    my brown museum calf U Cap from Vass

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  16. OzzyJones

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    Nice, Wurger! K last?
     
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    Torsion Senior member

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    @wurger another great make up there brother!Would be good to see your Vass in a group comparison shot on this thread to help educate others especially on the differences in lasts.I don't own any U yet however leaning towards it for my next oxford MTOs
     
  19. wurger

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    Thank you, Torsion, I only have F and U last, I personally wear the same size in both.
     
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