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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. jssdc

    jssdc Senior member

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    Like RogerP, Reszo suggested doing a bit of wearing to determine fit, and was willing to exchange if they don't work. I went home and gave them a shot and am left struggling a bit. They certainly don't first badly, but the laces fully close right off the bat and there's a bit of heel slip. I'm concerned that this will get worse over time as the leather stretches. So maybe 42.5 would be better, but emotionally I want to stay with the 43 so that I can wear them tomorrow.
     
  2. wurger

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    I think Vass only started marking sizes this year. 39 - for 39.5, I have quite a few other pairs without markings, only the one that came in Feb did.

    Vass will confirm size in Euro before accepting your order.
     
  3. NAMOR

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    i would send them back. ive been in your situation before (trading short term pleasure for long term enjoyment) and it doesn't end well. your first instinct, that they were too big is correct. the fit will only become more generous as the shoes break in.

    its definitely worth the wait though, good luck!
     
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  4. RogerP

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    Agree with NAMOR. Fully closed laces and heel slip will not improve with wear. Sounds like a half size down is where you need to be.
     
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  5. prettywish

    prettywish Active Member

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    here is the picture about the rusting.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. striker

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    Those metal polish cream should get rid of it. If not, a fine sandpaper and some mineral oil.
     
  7. prettywish

    prettywish Active Member

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    metal polish cream can get rid of the rust? I never know this. actually I use my nail file to do the job. but you can see the buckle is silver metal coated on brass, it becomes ugly after removing the silver metal coat.
     
  8. striker

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    The metal polish would be more gentle than a file.

    Once this has happened, you will have to oil it if you ever want to put it away for long term storage.

    I should add that it is not rust. If indeed they are brass.
     
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  9. Jazzmenco

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  10. NAMOR

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    [​IMG]
     
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  11. NAMOR

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    well done, these look great
     
  12. Junior

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    Also have a normal width feet (I think) and the U-last pinches my little toes. Considering going up in width on my next pair (probably S-lasted, supposedly fits like U) and sizing down to my F-last size.
     
  13. mimo

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    They will do U in wide and extra wide.
     
  14. hoodog

    hoodog Senior member

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    A couple of quick snaps taken from the second outing with my Vass MTOs, made on my bespoke (well, "semi bespoke" to be exact) F-last.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    More pictures to follow in a few days.
     
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  15. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member

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    Those is purdy shoes.
     
  16. Gauss17

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    What do you mean by "semi-bespoke" last?
     
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  17. NAMOR

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    looks great. what modifications did vass make on your bespoke last? and how would you compare the fit to your other vass shoes, specifically those on the f last?
     
  18. hoodog

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    Bespoke = the maker makes a completely new last based on your personal measurements.
    "Semi-bespoke" = the maker modifies an existing last so that it conforms to your personal measurements. This is why I am saying that it is "my F-last", since it's an F-last that was made for my feet. Maybe you could call this "MTM", but that wouldn't be the whole story...

    Not sure what modifications they did, since I am not that well informed about the shoeymaking process in general. However, since I have very flat and narrow feet with narrow heels, I guess the lowered the instep considerably and made the last more snug fitting overall. But that's just my guess.

    The fit is awesome. So much better than any other of my shoes from EG/GG/CJ/AS/Vass/JL etc. But then again, due to my problematic feet, I've always had a tough time finding a good fit in RTW shoes.
     
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  19. Gauss17

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    I feel like I tried to get Vass to do this last time I ordered from them. I will have to ask Mr. Kuti about this as my feet are also....problematic.
     
  20. hoodog

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    Well, AFAIK you need to be measured by someone from Vass - you can't order this kind of thing without visiting Vass in person. Or have Vass visit you, of course. [​IMG]
     

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