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

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

  1. Enthusiasm

    Enthusiasm Well-Known Member

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    Evening! I've always had issues with finding proper sizing, since the width at the ball of my feet, as well as the toes, is quite big. Would Vass be able to use a trace of my foot to recommend a size and width, and perhaps even modify one after my need? I realize I would probably get a better answer posing the question to them directly, but I figured I could check here first before so as to not bother them all too much. Thanks!
     


  2. rc121

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    While its possible, its really hard to get an accurate recommendation without also knowing instep height. Why don't you give us some examples of shoes your currently wear and sizes and see if anyone here can help you with some comparisons.
     


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    Vass have a "semi-bespoke" service where they will measure your feet and adjust a last according to your needs, think it's €620 per pair. This does require a visit to Budapest though!
     


  4. Enthusiasm

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    Thank you so much!

    TL;DR: Carmina Soller size 9(UK) best so far, but slightly too tight. Also Herring 026 size 9G. Pinkie toes bulging on both.

    The main issue though is that I have none that I'm entirely pleased with. I have a pair of Herring in size 9G, last 026. My pinkie toe is bulging out, yet the heel is quite loose and the lacing is practically completely closed with even my thinnest socks. I also have a pair of Carmina Soller chuckas, in size 9, and they seem to be of a better shape. They fit uniform across all of my foot, and yet they fit too tight both over the toes, the ball, as well as the lacing. They're good in the heel though, and I can wear them more or less comfortably with my thinnest wool socks. I've tried the Rain last as well, and they seem very similar.

    I also have experience with Loake, as well as C&J, none of which fit me well at the store. They're both far too slim at the toe. Funny story regarding the last one, the cobbler chuckled a bit when I told him I doubted he'd have a pair that could fit me. Well, seeing as he started laughing when I took my shoes off, I'd say I showed him. ;)

    In all, the Soller where my latest purchase, and I am quite happy with them, compared to other. Yet I'm not at ease while wearing them, I can't wear most of my socks with them, and neither could I size up. When doing so I noticed no difference at the toe box, but the heel got a bit looser.


    Indeed, that would be the dream. Unfortunately, even though I live in Europe, as a student I can't really go on a trip to Hungary like that, even for a new shoe wardrobe... Maybe I can convince the girlfriend we should start saving for a romantic weekend...
     


  5. Roguls

    Roguls Senior member

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    Based on that, I'd try 42 wide in P2 or Banana last (if they do G width in banana). If you have a high instep, then 3636 is for you, same size.
     


  6. Knowledge is King

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    Roguls, I think you mean 43 wide (since he said he's a uk9 in Herring and Carmina which is analogous to 43 in Vass P2 last). If you actually meant 42, then I can't say I agree
     
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  7. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Also, I have two pairs of shoes on the 26 last - an oxford and a derby boot. It's a Loake last, actually, not Herring's own, and I find it a generous G. I suspect this might require a 43H, but I'd also suggest an EasyJet or similar day trip to Budapest - I'm thinking the same for myself!
     


  8. Robs89

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    9 UK JL 7000, Loake 1880 capital, Mermin Hiro. What size would you guys recommend for the F-last? I'm thinking about the 8.5 UK.
     
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    Size 43.
     


  10. venividivicibj

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    If low instep, 42-5, if high, 43.
     


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    Dear Sirs,

    If I wear a 41.5 in the F-last, do you think a 42 in the U-last would fit well?
    Referring to standard widths here, thank you.
     


  12. rc121

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    general consensus is that U last is only a little tighter in the toe box, so if you have enough wiggle room in the F last then you would probably be fine sticking to the same size.
     


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    How about UK9E in EG 202 last & UK9F in G&G MH71?
    Which size shall I stick with Vass last? Thanks very much!
     


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    Thanks. I have a pretty low instep so it sounds like the 42.5 will do good.
     
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    Mr Vass himself recommended same size in F and U if you don't have widish feet.
     


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