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September 13, 2011

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Laszlo Vass: A Private Collection

Laszlo Vass shoes are truly beautiful. And coming from me, who is not the biggest fan of protruding welts and thick soles (at least not on slim dress shoes), it means a lot. He has managed to somehow create a shoe that is dressy, but has a pretty substantial sole on it, yet still be incredibly elegant. This is not easy to do. Maybe that is why, for such a small Hungarian shoemaker, he has quite a large following. This picture, for example, comes from the Style Forum, of which there is a thread that is dedicated to Laszlo Vass shoes and is call ‘The Ultimate Vass Porn Thread.’ This impressive collection comes from one of SF’s leading wardrobe owner, meaning that he is famed for having a ridiculous amount of clothing and shoes. It’s tough, I know. I can only read so much of this thread (and others like it) before I fill up with envy, especially when i see pictures like this, where someone takes a picture of his 5 brand new shoes that must have just arrived. Seriously….I would love to be able to order 5 shoes at a time, wouldn’t you??? Well, I must say that the wholecut and u-cap models (both second from left and right) have stolen my heart. They are magnificent, beautiful, elegant and worst of all….not mine!

  • Justin,

    The Vass medallion looks eerily similar to the one you posted at the end of Sunday’s post… could it be theirs?

    topher

  • Oh, how well I know this thread 🙂 A lot of beautiful pictures there. Always good for inspiration. Haven’t had much time lately for sf but I’m definitely going to add some more pictures to that thread as soon as I have 🙂

  • Topher – You are right, it does. It very well could be then. I just don’t remember where I found it. I should start labeling everything that I save…

    Reto – You will have to send me pics if you ever receive any special make ups!

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • Great shoes from a great city.

  • The last wingtip on the right is almost perfect, in his stylish construction.

  • Alex B

    I’d also add: the shoes that have made Vass popular with the style gurus seem mainly to be on the Italian lasts they brought in (all but the boots here, if I’m not mistaken).

    So it’s not the Hungarian style maybe, but the combination of Italian shapes with Hungarian structure?

  • Alex B – Funny thing is that you commenting on this post, just made me realize that I have already used that picture before….gosh it’s hard to keep track of these things!!

    But yes, I think that your theory is right….the budapester model for me is not that interesting, which is ultimately what they were known for before the Italian shaped lasts came about…

    -Justin