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(posted this in the trad forum, and it suggested that I post here, so here I go).



A friend of mine is thinking about buying Vass shoes and asked me to help. This is the first time I am looking at Vass too. Some of you might find the vass budapester shoes a bit clunky, but both me and my friend are big fans of gunboats.

Let us ignore price for the time being ... Quality wise, it seems to be that Vass offerings are superior to alden - espeically in terms of construction. Is this true? Vass appears to be as close to handmade we can get in RTW shoes. My friend in particular likes the 3636 and the banana lasts, and the shoes you see in the website on these lasts (especially shell cordovan) look fantastic. Just look at this:


My friend think that with the hungarian Forint at a historic low, this might be a good time to buy ... Does anyone here own both alden/vass shoes?
 

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I own both Vass and Alden. The quality difference is dramatic to say the least. My pair of Vass are every bit as nice as the best RTW stuff coming out of England and France. In every comparable way, they are better made than Alden.
 

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A budapester traditionally was a wing tipped blucher with a large toe box

Vass properly continues this tradition by offering a budapester model on their budapester last

The middle shoe in the above trio pic is not a traditional budapester. Its an Alt Wein design and possibly on Vass' budapester or 3636 last

Don't forget Ron Rider. He makes American design gunboats (built in Italy)

This recent longwing gunboat in antiqued Wisky is awesome...now let's see if I can make an ankle boot out of it
Scroll down to the 3rd shoe from Feb. 17
FYI, the first shoe (the ankle boot balmoral...is mine :aportnoy:
 

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A budapester traditionally is a wing tipped blucher with a large toe box

The middle shoe in the above trio pic is not a traditional budapester. Its an "Alt Wiener" design and possibly on Vass' budapester or 3636 last
the model is called "Wiener". his brother is the "Alt Wiener"(old Viennese), which has no medaillon.
 
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