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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. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    You may want to check with B. Nelson. Otherwise, you can always pack them up and send them to Budapest.
     
  2. Jorge

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    GY = Goodyear
    I must of been mistaken, thinking that all Vass were hand welted.
     
  3. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Correct. I used GY vs Goyser to distinguish the two constructions. Both are of course hand-welted at Vass - they don't own a Goodyear machine
     
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  4. gopherblue

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    Yes, good point. But that raises a good question: Given that they are hand-welted, is B Nelson even a good option? Has anyone had Vass shoes resoled at B Nelson?

    My pair of Vass in question have a double sole, and the wear is really on the toe and the heel. So maybe I just have B Nelson put on toe taps and replace the half-rubber back part of the heel?
     
  5. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    @Nick V. can confirm but I believe they can resole and hand-stitch the welt.

    Not sure that is needed in your case, based on where you're saying the wear is.
     
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  6. etostano

    etostano Senior member

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    I have had them do exactly this (toe tap + heel on a double sole). As long as enough of the toe is left for him to do the normal flush tap, it is a great solution.
     
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  7. Odd I/O

    Odd I/O Senior member

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    Are those three piece shoe trees? I thought they were not available for half sizes?
     
  8. sleepyinsanfran

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    The standard (w the spring-shaft thing) vass trees are only available in full sizes, afaik. Dont know about 3 piece trees.
     
  9. Odd I/O

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    I have a pair of Allen Edmonds Park Avenue and I don't find the cap to be that stubby. Their shoes are kind of stubby to begin with so an elongated cap would look kind of funny IMHO. As to the difference between the two cap toe shoes you posted I think it's largely due to one being brogued (taking up more space) and the other being a stitched cap. And they're on the F last. I think a non-brogued cap top in the U or K last would serve you better.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Vass can move the cap toe back if you like but this is something so nitpicky and personal that unless you're right on top of them in the design phase I'm not sure if you'll be happy. If you move it too far back the toe stiffener could end before the cap potentially allowing creases to form in front of the cap instead of behind it on the vamp. You may or may not find this aesthetically pleasing.
     
  10. cakv

    cakv Senior member

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    I actually never saw AE shoes to be stubby, even when comparing them to carmina/Vass. I just think they aren't as elegant and tapered in their look.

    I really like the look of the two semi-brogres on the right; the ones in the centre are too narrow in the toe. What last are they? I guess what I'm looking for is that the distance from the toe to the cap is at least half of the distance from the toe to the camp/throat.

    When this the distance is less than half(as In the shoes I gave as examples), it makes the toes and foot look short as a whole
     
  11. hoodog

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    Search and you will find. [​IMG] I actually posted a bunch of pictures of exactly this make up in this thread a few years back:

     
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  12. JayH

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    It was worth the bump for everyone to see. Those boots! [​IMG]
     
  13. Mr. Six

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    Did you do the burnishing in those chukkas or did Vass?
     
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    Only full sizes.
     
  16. hoodog

    hoodog Senior member

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    I did. At that point in time, Vass didn't offer burnishing at all.
     
  17. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    :fu:



    :foo:
     
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  18. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Mmmmm. me like it me like it. :smarmy:
     
  19. Sammy - Ascot

    Sammy - Ascot Well-Known Member

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    Vass now offers burnishing around the toes, similar to EG shoes.
    Italian Polish or Military High Shine are also optional extras, as
    the process can take up to an hour of labour.
     
  20. Sammy - Ascot

    Sammy - Ascot Well-Known Member

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    Hello Odd,

    Vass trees (2 and 3 pieces) come in whole sizes, i.e. 41, 42, 43.
    A size 43 tree will fit into a size 43.5 shoes.
     

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