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

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

  1. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    Thanks, will do. I need dark brown cap-toe oxfords, so it looks like MTO is called for (based on epaulet and NMWA).

    I had been planning on going EG like usual, but why not experiment a bit...
     


  2. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    I prefer #1, it has been easy for me. No, I don't like the bank transfer fee, which is $45 via Chase.

    Once you nail down your size, everything else goes smoothly. I have yet to pay broker fees and shipping has always been quick. I usually get them within a few day from shipping.

    I would suggest you patronize a local retailer and nail down your size and once done, go direct with Vass.
     


  3. rc121

    rc121 Senior member

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    I also did not pay any fees, I was quite concerned about that when they arrived via FedEx but nothing ever came.
     


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    wurger Senior member

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    That is because Vass declare shoes as trial shoes at 90 USD, which is below the duty level for most countries. So don't have to be worries about FedEx or DHL
     


  5. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    +1
    This is what the VASS store said in their email as well...
     


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    Have any Canadian's here ordered directly from Vass? If so, may I ask what you paid for shipping/duty/taxes?

    I have used a proxy 4 times and been quite happy. I presumed the slight upcharge was reasonable compared to paying the 18% shoe duty plus 5% GST plus Fedex Fee plus whateer handling fee Fedex/DHL added.

    If VASS consistently values the shoe at $90, the 18% would not sting nearly as much.
     


  7. sm31

    sm31 Senior member

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    This.

    Worth nothing that NMWA has quite reasonable Vass prices (as in, a bit cheaper than a proxy; not sure how it compares to direct) when on sale.
     


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    Which retailers in New York City carry the largest selections of Vass. I'm interested in going and trying on a few pairs.
     


  9. SoGent

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    others can chime in but EG E should be equivalent to VASS / StC F
     


  10. rc121

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    while they might be reasonable, they were not cheaper than the proxy I used (and that many others here use).
     


  11. OzzyJones

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    Fwiw, I went direct and used a P2P service called Transferwise. Cost me about $30 in fees and took 7 days from leaving my account to being in Vass' account. So total price delivered was $695 but you guys in the US avoid the VAT, right? Hungarian VAT is 27%!
     


  12. RogerP

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    7 days? Wow, that's slow. Bet I could get a bank draft shipped there in the same time for similar cost. Hard to get my head around purchase funds being in transit for 7 days when Paypal turns the trick in about 7 seconds. I'm happy that they stick to the "old ways" in making the shoes. In other respects, I wish they'd jump into this century.
     


  13. RogerP

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    Maybe he meant during NMWA's recent sale - which expired while I was still sitting on the fence about a lovely suede pair. [​IMG]

    Otherwise yes, I agree, not cheaper than the proxies I have used.
     


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    I did just recall that, good point
     


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    You can pay a little more for 24 hour transfer and that time did include a holiday weekend in Hungary if iirc!
    I wasn't in a huge rush and my bank charges about 50 bucks and there's no guarantee of getting the best exchange rate. I'd likely use Notch for MTO tho; actually works out cheaper for EU buyers than buying direct!
     


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