Bespoke from Vass Shoes: Although I have bought several pairs of quality shoes the last 1-2 years, the fit hasn’t always been the best. When you have long, narrow feet, with low instep like me, getting a good fit in the RTW (Ready to Wear) market is almost impossible. That’s why I recently decided to try some shoes more adapted to my feet.
There are different brands and manufacturers, offering different types of bespoke / semi bespoke shoes in a wide price range on the market. Most of them cost more then 10 ooo SEK and that feels a bit over the top in my honest opinion. I was in Budapest last summer, and got more familiar with Vass Shoes / Vass Cipő, a brand which I have started to like more and more and which is probably the best “Value-For-Money” shoe you can get on the market. All Vass shoes are fully hand-made. I managed to pick up MTO that summer; a pair of Austerity Brogue Oxford High Boot in their fantastic Gold Museum Calf, and this pair is most definitely my absolute favorite in my collection.
But that’s not what I’m going to write about now. During the Shoegazing.se trunk show in Stockholm this autumn, Vass was their together with other shoe manufacturers for the annual Shoegazing Sper Trunk. I wasn’t sure which shoes to buy at that moment but I took the opportunity to get my feet measured by Rezsö from Vass. This enabled me to order the shoes at a later time.
Disclaimer: the post is in collaboration with Vass Shoes who kindly offered a discounted price.
I e-mailed Reszö some weeks after the trunk show and we agreed on the make up of the model for me. The specifications were as follows:
Model: Full Brogue Wingtip
Color: 6319 cognac
Last: Modified F last (according to measurements)
Sole: Dainite rubber sole
Shoes trees: Standard lasted
I also order a travel shoe care kit in Vass’ Gold Museum. I saw it during the trunk show and knew right away that it was something I really needed to have. For someone that travels as much as I have done the past 2 years, this must, by far, be my best kommission so far. A must for everyone that travels in their work and still wants to keep their shoes shining.
And the result:
The fit is probably the best of all shoes I have at the moment. I will probably do some slight modifications to the last in my next order, but there will definitely be more orders =)
The make up was exactly as I wanted. A less formal shoe that goes perfectly with both jeans, chinos and other less formal wear. I added some flat laces to get an extra flavor to the shoes. I’ve probably changed all my laces to flat ones by now, it adds an extra dimension in my opinion =)
And the rubber sole will do perfectly in the Swedish rainy autumn / winter.
And the travel shoe kit: