Vass Shoes?

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  1. drljva

    drljva Senior member

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    (drljva @ Mar. 02 2005,09:14) Anyone have any idea as to how long it takes for Vass to process these special orders?
    I placed an order with Vass in Budapest, I was told five weeks and it was ready as promised. No problems whatsoever. The delay might not be at the Hungarian side. You'd better check with Sky Valet.
    Thanks... that's very useful information. I've emailed Sky Valet a couple of times, with no response. Like I said in my previous post, my experience with these guys has not been entirely positive... [​IMG]
     


  2. kabert

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    (kabert @ Mar. 01 2005,14:06) Sky Valet in Washington, DC, charges $695 for non-U-last shoes that they have in stock; $795 if they are not in stock and have to be ordered. Â Phone # is 202-337-4333. Â Very nice guys who will not jerk you around and I'd think would be happy to ship shoes to you.
    I must say that my experience with these guys has not been entirely positive. For example, back in November, I placed a special order for a pair of Vass shoes made on the Budapest last in my size. Three months later, I'm still waiting for these... with not one word from these guys as to when I can expect to get my shoes. Anyone have any idea as to how long it takes for Vass to process these special orders?
    Drljva, how long did they tell you it should take to get the shoes? I recall asking them that question regarding Vass shoes ordered from the factory and I think they told me it was usually about two months, but it might have been three.
     


  3. drljva

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    (drljva @ Mar. 02 2005,09:14)
    Sky Valet in Washington, DC, charges $695 for non-U-last shoes that they have in stock; $795 if they are not in stock and have to be ordered. Â Phone # is 202-337-4333. Â Very nice guys who will not jerk you around and I'd think would be happy to ship shoes to you.
    I must say that my experience with these guys has not been entirely positive. For example, back in November, I placed a special order for a pair of Vass shoes made on the Budapest last in my size. Three months later, I'm still waiting for these... with not one word from these guys as to when I can expect to get my shoes. Anyone have any idea as to how long it takes for Vass to process these special orders?
    Drljva, how long did they tell you it should take to get the shoes? Â I recall asking them that question regarding Vass shoes ordered from the factory and I think they told me it was usually about two months, but it might have been three.
    What they told me was "a couple of months"... but, granted, I'm sure that a couple of months can easily become three months -- especially when there's a Christmas holiday thrown in the middle of it (since I ordered in November). Still, we're now in March and, as yet, no shoes. What bugs me is that these guys want payment of $700 up front; no problem, but at least extend to me the professional courtesy of responding to my email enquiries as to the status of the shoes... My last email was sent about 10 days ago. Plenty of time for them to call/email Vass, check on the status of the shoes, and get back to me with a progress report. All things considered, I don't think I'll be doing any more business with these folks.
     


  4. kabert

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    The two Sky Valet owners are NOT at all very computer literate, unfortunately. They have responded to my emails in the past, but I know they much prefer to deal by phone. They are also entirely clueless about how to use "the internet."
     


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    Wow, things sure happen quickly on this board. I was just at lunch and, interestingly, just as I was getting back to my office, I received a call from Adem at Sky Valet, apologizing for the "oversight" and any inconvenience. I appreciate the gesture and I'm willing to give these guys the benefit of the doubt (I'm sure that it's not easy running a small business...). The good news is that they're hopeful that I will soon have my new Vass shoes. [​IMG] For the record, Adem tells me that their turn-around time for Vass special orders is roughly 12 weeks. Kabert et al., many thanks for your assistance.
     


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    (kabert @ Mar. 02 2005,10:28) The two Sky Valet owners are NOT at all very computer literate, unfortunately. Â They have responded to my emails in the past, but I know they much prefer to deal by phone. Â They are also entirely clueless about how to use "the internet."
    Wow, things sure happen quickly on this board. I was just at lunch and, interestingly, just as I was getting back to my office, I received a call from Adem at Sky Valet, apologizing for the "oversight" and any inconvenience. I appreciate the gesture and I'm willing to give these guys the benefit of the doubt (I'm sure that it's not easy running a small business...). The good news is that they're hopeful that I will soon have my new Vass shoes. Â Â [​IMG] Â For the record, Adem tells me that their turn-around time for Vass special orders is roughly 12 weeks. Kabert et al., many thanks for your assistance.
    Wanted to follow up on this post to say that the Vass shoes that I special-ordered from SV finally came in. What I ordered was a black pair of Alt Weins on the Budapest Last in size 46.5. Awesome-looking shoe; I'm very happy with them. Now the dilemma is one of deciding what my next pair of Vass shoes will be. On that topic, I am thinking about maybe something on the P2 last (perhaps an Oxblood wholecut...). Does anyone have experience with this last? Will I need to go up to a size 47 on this last? Thanks.
     


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    Seems like we could found a DC chapter of the Swann Club. Daft and pretentious I know, but would the interest of other shoemen in the capital of business slovenly at all be piqued?
     


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    Not knowing what the Swann Club is, I googled it and found a description on the Berluti website....

    Perhaps we could convince the guys at Sky Valet to host a gathering for select invitees; say, from 5-6pm on one Saturday a month or one Saturday per calendar quarter. (They officially close at 5pm on Saturdays.) I think more people would show up if it were at Sky than if it were held at a restaurant, for example. And free. I'll bring a bottle of Dom, in the Swann tradition (for drinking though.). Perhaps the Sky guys could give a brief presentation too (for example, last weekend, they gave me a very detailed description (pulling out various shoes, including shoes they have with the soles off) over about 10 minutes regarding the hows and whys of channelled soles). Sick, I know, but I found it very, very interesting. Who knew that there are different types of channeled soles and different methods of achieving the look?.
     


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    Here here to the Swann Club. I bet that Sky would be game for it, too...
     


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    Count me in. [​IMG]
     


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    Perhaps we could start by meeting up there to see the new EGs.
     


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    Great idea... When I was there this past weekend, they said they're still hoping to get their first EG shipment by the end of this month...
     


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    Not wanting to get sued by the litigation-happy Arnault I suppose we oughtn't call ourselves the Swann club (ironic, too, that Berluti named its club for someone who found out too late that his adored Duchesse de Guermantes cared more about finding her red party slippers than about his terminal illness).  

    Getting something together at Sky would be fine with me.  And no, I don't think we quite want the exclusivity of a private dining room at the sort of Paris hotel only wealthy Texans can afford.  Ideas for meeting themes are welcome.

    I WON'T suggest calling it the Rick James club... that's the wrong sort of RJ.
     


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    Wasn't the U last on sale for $480 during Louis Boston semi-annual sale back in Feb.?
     


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    Don't know - -that's a question A. Harris could probably answer. Sounds like a "too good to be true" deal.
     


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