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I am going to be in Vienna on business in a couple of weeks and I want to go to Budapest to visit Vass for a couple pairs of shoes. What do I need to do to arrange an appointment? Does somebody have a contact number or email address for them? If I am not mistaken the email address on the website will route through the US reps?

Any other advice would be great as well. I think somebody mentioned you need to be at least two days on the ground after flying to get a proper measurement? Also would you just order one or two pairs of shoes to make sure the fit is good rather than ordering say 6 pairs? If just one or two is the suggestion for the first order for fit reasons, I will probably buy a black basic for travel and another. Feel free to give suggestions. Should I buy specific shoe styles for the lasts?

Also any recommendations on must see in Budapest?

Thanks in advance.
 

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You don't really need to make an appointment; they have a retail store where they took my measurements, and they are open normal business hours. I did e-mail Eva Vass in advance of my visit, but my impression is they didn't really care whether I gave them advance notice or not.

I think it would be better to give it a day on the ground before visiting, but I visited in the afternoon after having been on a red-eye flight from the US, and the fit is pretty good on my shoes. I believe it is always advisable to have your feet measured in the afternoon, as ones feet swell during the day, and you want to be measured when your feet are at their largest.

I would definitely recommend ordering only 1 or 2 pairs, as you want to make sure they can get the lasts correct before buying too many pairs. I don't think it would be difficult to order future pairs over the phone, once the last is correct. In terms of style, the biggest decision for bespoke shoes is lace-up vs. slip-on, as the last for these two styles should be different. Now Vass is a bit different from a pure bespoke house, as they will modify their existing lasts to fit your measurements; as such, perhaps varying the choice of lasts would make it a bit more difficult to ensure proper fit on future orders, but if they keep good notes, I wouldn't expect too much difficulty in this area.

They have a good selection of different styles on display, so I think that you will able to find the style of shoe and last that you find best fit your tastes.
 

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I would recommend that you try on some of their ready to wear shoes in different sizes and lasts as part of the fitting process. I think that this would give them helpful information as to the size/shape of your foot.
 

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Thanks for the advice all. I will share photos when the shoes arrive.
 

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vc2000,

Do let me know how this goes. I am planning a special trip to Budapest this fall, figured I could combine vacation with a pair of custom shoes.

To the world in general,

How many days are needed to have multiple fittings? If I allow four days would they be able to provide a chance for a second fitting within the time of my visit?
 

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I wasn't planning on second fitting for Vass custom shoes. If there is one then I am in trouble because I am not going to be there that long... I was judging from the report A. Harris did from his trip to Budapest/Vass. I don't recall him mentioning a second fitting.

Can someone confirm?

Thanks
 

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I wasn't planning on second fitting for Vass custom shoes. If there is one then I am in trouble because I am not going to be there that long... I was judging from the report A. Harris did from his trip to Budapest/Vass. I don't recall him mentioning a second fitting.
They prefer to do a second fitting. They're willing to dispense with it when the client isn't handy to Budapest, however.
 

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jcusey,

Would a week be enough for a second fitting, assuming that i got the first measurements on day 1? If not, how many days should I plan for?
 

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Would a week be enough for a second fitting, assuming that i got the first measurements on day 1? If not, how many days should I plan for?
I honestly don't know. I'm just repeating what someone else (probably AHarris) has previously posted about this. Your best bet is to call or e-mail Vass in Budapest and ask them.

I would imagine that the fitting is much the same as what happens with the St. James shoemakers: the shoe has been closed and welted, but the outsole and the heel haven't been attached yet. In order for a shoe to reach this stage, the last has to be constructed, the upper has to be clicked, closed, and lasted, the feather has to be cut out of the insole, and the welt has to be stitched. In addition, the upper needs to rest on the last for a certain amount of time so that it will "remember" the shape of the last. I don't know the preferred length of this time, but it's measured in days or weeks rather than hours. I suspect that even if it is physically possible to accomplish all of this in a week, Vass wouldn't want to disrupt their production to the extent necessary to do it without good reason. But again, your best bet is to call them and ask them.
 

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