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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. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    Today's hooves vass whiskey norweger

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    Just to understand (from pictures is really difficult to tell). What are the differences you can tell between this horsehide/shell and the rest of shell shoes you have?. Texture, thickness, finishing, wrinkles?. I have never handle horsehide leather. Mr. Kuti is always a profesional and a pleasure to deal with. Thanks for clarification.
     
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    From a recent visit to the shop of a fellow.
     
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    hazwanazani Well-Known Member

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    Zapasman Senior member

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    I understand the shoe has a lot of wear so the cork filler is completly compressed (you can see it in the toe area although). I wonder what material is in between the upper leather and the lining; it seems to me like a kind of felt for lining reinforcement in grey/black colour. I have not seen that before, even in Vass´ Book.
     
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    I forgot to explain you that the cork filling in Vass goes from the waist to the toe. The metal shank is covered with a leather layer and then pegged.
     
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  8. Zapasman

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    Thanks gdl203. I thought there was no cork filling on top of the leather cover of the shank spring.

    Dou you know what is the material in between the lining and the upper?
     
  9. hazwanazani

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    Not sure what it is, but it serves to create a gap for extra comfort as the lining and the uppers wouldn't rub against each other. This is also to prevent any squeaking noise caused by the rubbing.
     
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    the boots are made from shell cordovan. the uppers are made from shell cordovan. the shaft and tongue are made from shell cordovan. the problem i think is that some of the shell cordovan sent to to vass' supplier from horween was a generous piece of shell so the fringe, outer limits pieces used began showing the some of the creasing typical of horsehide. whats really remarkable (and easy to forget) is that the uppers were made from a single piece of shell in the style of the edward green galway (a large piece no doubt as i am 45 in f last). i happen to be wearing the boot today. it didnt take many steps before the shell bloom appeared:

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  11. Zapasman

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    I got it. Yeah, it looks quite weird to me (I own 5 pairs of Shell). Thanks and good luck.
     
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    I thought hand-welted shoes did not have or need cork filler, just GY welted shoes. Isn't that one of the things @DWFII always mentions?
     
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    The gap in HW shoes is very small, but still you need something to fill in the hollow . All HW shoemakers I know use cork filler. DW uses felt.
     
  14. hazwanazani

    hazwanazani Well-Known Member

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    Current museum calf colours from Ilcea, which Vass offers, under natural light.

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    How did you write on the image like that?
     
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    I was in Budapest last week, and I have a picture of seven museum calf swatches as opposed to the six above. [​IMG] My picture of the regular calf swatches didn't turn out good, one color was lost in the store lighting. I was hoping someone could help with identification. [​IMG]
     
  17. hazwanazani

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    @bobbers If I'm not mistaken, I believe Vass will no longer be carrying the lighter gold museum calf in the photo you posted.


    @cakv This was actually Mr. Kuti's hand writing. I had emailed him earlier today asking which colour would be closest to an english chestnut colour and he said it would be either the 6125 cognac or the gold museum calf. As regards to the editing, I believe you could do it in any inbuilt image app on a tablet, maybe picasa, paint and definitely photoshop.
     
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    They're here, model 1006 "F" last, plum museum from Ascot shoes. Very pleased with the service, took a while but well worth it.
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    Happy to report the fit is just right. I was worried with the fickle Vass sizing.
    These are 43.5 normal width, the instep has enough room (I have a high instep)
    In "U" last I take a full size larger? Haven't tried the "K" yet.
    For comparisons I wear 9.5 in almost all Carmina and also 9.5 in John Lobbs
    Photos "in the wild" soon to follow.
     
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    I found C&J english chestnut close to the Ilcea/Museum Gold; side by side with a C&J Chestnut

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    @hazwanazani What is Vass' selection like at their Budapest shop? Were there a lot of boots?
     

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