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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. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Agree. It's not so much a question of right or wrong, but subjective preference. For someone to scoff and say "you can't be serious" seems to suppose that their personal preferences must apply to all. I so don't get that.

    I find the full double sole looks comparatively heavy and clunky. Which is more than fine on a big stompin' Budapester, but less suited to the sleeker, more elegant Italian lasts to my eyes. Of course, others may have a different preference and that's fine.
     
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    Agree 100%, Plus the fact that Vass compensates the heal hight to adjust for the sole thickness, hence there is no problem with balance.
     
  3. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Indeed. I'm quite confident that they have the whole balance thing figured out.
     
  4. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    RogerP - knowing you I dont want to get into a tit for tat rebuttal of what you think and say. I also dont think I have to justify or appreciate you taking the role of a judge to pass your honorable decree.

    Your style and preference is polar opposite of mine, ur happy so am I.
     
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  5. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I enjoy a half sole on my boots, specially because I get the same longevity of a double sole, but also the flexibility of a single at the waist. All practical reasons, not so much aesthetic. The fiddled waist on the GG HAF sole is a nice extra touch. To each his own though...
     
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    sstomcat Senior member

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    Pictures say it all, from the owner, not mine. For what it is worth this guy is very knowledgeable. Blow the picture to read comments.

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  7. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Spot on.
     
  8. Ironist

    Ironist Senior member

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    You guys keep talking about HAF or double, no one ever does single sole? I thought outside of Vass, double is usually used on boots and single was the most common option.
     
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    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I like single soles for my derbies and oxfords, with toe taps of course :)
     
  10. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Yes,
    Vass never do good balance HAF sole.
     
  11. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Some of the models really do look just as good or better with double. Norweger, for example, and maybe the PTB. Apart from that, I think new Vass users have to get it out of their systems.
     
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    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    In the HAF sole business, i think GG does a better job:

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    I have to agree, the VASS HAF looks odd...
     
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  13. sstomcat

    sstomcat Senior member

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    lol, you know more, much more than me...and most. thankyou!
     
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    :)
     
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    Norweger, Budapester, Alt Wien and even London if I may add look better in double.
     
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    So basically all derby shoes look better with double? Is this true regardless of last (F,U,K)? Honestly, I thought double was good for derbies and boots and single was better for oxfords, loafers, and monks. Not sure which group the HAF looks better with. Guess it's for people who just can't stand the look of doubles no matter what?
     
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    Agreed. I have never done a HAF sole before, but from the very first pics of Vass I saw, I stayed away from it.

    Don't see why it can't be purely a choice between a single or double sole.
     
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    Looks like they use the heel for a single sole, when perhaps the higher heel for the double sole should have been used?
     
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    I have a pair of New Peter Alt Wiens on a single sole, which is just as the particular version is shown on the Vass site. And I have a pair of oxford on the R last with a double sole and I think they look good.
     
  20. RogerP

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    I don't think my HAF-sole double monks look unbalanced. I think they look awesome. [​IMG] If others think I can't possibly be serious about that - no worries on my end - I didn't buy the shoes to please them. They please me very well indeed.


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