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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. TtownMD

    TtownMD Senior member

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    Yes sir & that's the rout I would also go
     
  2. aravenel

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    Well, while we are talking about sizing, I have a question for the hive mind here.

    I have a pair of F-last Vass in size 41 single wide. Beautiful shoes, but still a bit tight across the ball and toes of the foot.

    I'd like to order another pair, but before I do so, wanted to understand how, or if even possible, to adjust the width to get a better fit:

    • Move up to double wide (assuming Vass even makes a double wide F-last)
    • Size up to 41.5 or 42 (not ideal--length currently is just about right)
    • Try a different last

    Any thoughts?
     
  3. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    Vass will make F last shoes in width H (extra wide). width G is single wide. width F is standard.

    I actually believe all their lasts come in D, E, F, G, H. I have H width shoes on the U and P2 lasts.
     
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    I think that so true because I have a pair on the narrow E and am having another pair made in an extra narrow D. I don't know if the D is normally available but they are making it for me so it is possible.
     
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    Thanks. So, thinking I should try sticking with the 41 F last, and move to an H fitting? Or is the F last just unaccomodating for us fat-footed folks?
     
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    Sorry I can't help because I stick with U and K due to my extra narrow foot. I'm not sure if I will ever take a chance with any of lasts because certain lasts definitely are more suited to certain foot types/shapes. Hope that helps
     
  7. TtownMD

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    Stick to U & k amigo you will be fine :D
     
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    That is exactly what I do bud! I'm fine with those two lasts and have other brands for the other toe shapes
     
  9. TtownMD

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    Amine to that !!!
     
  10. peppercorn78

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    I would try the H width on F. Mr. Kuti says that F and U are the same until the toebox, and my U last in H works well with me in the heel to ball (I'm 3E in AE and 2E Alden, Lobb), so I imagine the F will not be more narrow.
     
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    @OzzyJones Thanks for the tip; it worked !
     
  12. OzzyJones

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    Excellent! Glad to hear it
     
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    Great, thanks so much!

    Next question. Bought my last pair almost two years ago. Is best way to order a pair in the US still to proxy? If so, is there a preferred proxy?
     
  14. OzzyJones

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    Did you previously buy direct from Vass? If so, that's your best bet. If not, go thru @Notch or Ascot for MTO or you could go with NMWA
     
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    The others are right, I would try one of these options;

    1. Saphir's renovating cream is perfect for this. You will have to colour match it do it perfectly.
    2. If you're having a hard time matching, I would say apply black renovating cream, and apply black dye to the rest of the toe to make it look burnished.
    3. Instead of doing dye, you can also use just black cream but you'll find that this isn't permanent and will eventually wear off. The renovating cream part is a must do so that it doesn't get worse.
    4. I would leave the cobbler last as I've had to re-do one cobbler's job as it got worst. This is unless of course there is a cobbler you trust
     
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    Thanks so much @jokb I will definitely give it a try!
     
  17. bsmw

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    Hi gents,

    Can anyone have both Vass blood calf and GG vintage rioja calf compare the two colours or share a photo of the two colours side by side please?

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  18. RogerP

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    I no longer have both so I can't offer a side by side photo, but Oxblood is a deeper red with more brown undertones and VR a comparatively lighter shade with more of a purple / pommegranate tone. Both beautiful in their own right.
     
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    Many thanks Roger.
     
  20. sacafotos

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    About to visit the shop this week. Any thoughts on versatility of these shades?

    Oxblood calf
    Oxblood shell (similar to color 8 I believe)
    Bordeaux shell or calf
    Brown museum
    Antique cognac shell

    Thinking of using them for pretty much grey and navy dominant outfits.

    Am enamored with this Oxblood calf boot:

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    Exactly as is; almost perfect!
     

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