Menswear: The Visvim Thread. Everything Visvim In Here!

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C-Stylez avatar

5244 posts since 4/7/12

13 Aug 2014 10:46

One for the fun boy mandem
pops avatar

4316 posts since 2/9/09

15 Aug 2014 18:27
Thought I'd stick it in here before going in classifieds.

Only tried on. Doesn't fit as I want so moving on. Size 3 long sleeve border crew FW14 . Fits like a 2. £198 which is what I paid. No offers please.


mattt avatar

328 posts since 21/5/06

15 Aug 2014 19:20
@pops - I was thinking of picking up one of these, do they fit smaller than previous seasons? I had the 3 in the summer version, would you recommend a size up?
pops avatar

4316 posts since 2/9/09

16 Aug 2014 08:55
No idea how last season fits but I'm size 2 in pretty much all visvim and while this fits (albeit it a very slim fit) without wearing anything under it , it's too small with a shirt/ tee underneath.
gbh-h avatar

1515 posts since 4/4/13

16 Aug 2014 10:20
Is it not essentially a l/s tee anyway?
PanAshari avatar

2 posts since 6/6/14

17 Aug 2014 10:45
found this on visvim human instagram
comes with wooden box, and a friend of mine told me that this virgil made from shell cordovan
more info about this virgil?

Asianguy16 avatar

14 posts since 23/3/13

19 Aug 2014 02:15
Looking to buy a Cross Stitch Tunic. Can anyone comment on the sizing? I'm looking to get one off Yahoo Japan. Measurements provided say length is 71 cm (size 1).. may be a bit too long for me. Anyone with fit pics?
sydneyking avatar

5198 posts since 26/9/09

19 Aug 2014 06:11
Tts for me
JacktheHat avatar

1655 posts since 26/2/10

19 Aug 2014 11:05
sydneyking wrote: Tts for me

Quite a boxy loose fit, love mine.
padawan avatar

4532 posts since 27/6/03

19 Aug 2014 14:59

Moccasins are traditional slipper-like leather shoes that have been worn by Native Americans for hundreds of years. The design of moccasins varies by geographical location, tribe, and time period, but the basic construction has remained relatively unchanged. While modern-day footwear is typically made up of a separate upper material and outsole, moccasins are cut from a single piece of deer or elk leather, often brain-tanned, that comprises both the upper and outsole material, and is typically stitched above the instep (referred to as a 'gathered toe') and down the heel with sinew.

Despite the seemingly primitive construction, these shoes are highly utilitarian, and helped Native Americans keep their feet from freezing during the harsh North American winters. The ankle flaps seen on some moccasins that at first glance seem superfluous can actually be flipped up and wrapped around the ankle for additional warmth. For tribes living in the coldest regions, rabbit fur or sheep skin was added as an insular lining. Although moccasins do not possess typical outsoles, tribes that lived in desert areas often used thick pieces of hardened leather on the bottom of their moccasins to protect from rocks or cacti, while tribes located near forested areas were able to wear soft-soled moccasins for use on the primarily grassy terrain.

Vamps (an additional piece of leather on top of the instep) allowed for even more design freedom. Beading, embroidery, and porcupine quillwork were common techniques used for decorating moccasins, and by looking at a pair of moccasins,

one could tell what tribe someone was from, a person's economic status, and even the gods that a person worshiped.

Zoomorphic designs, such as buffalo or thunderbirds, were common, as well as abstract symbolic designs. Fringes on ankle flaps were seen as primarily aesthetic, although some argue that the fringes, which hung low and dragged on the ground, functioned as a way for the wearer to cover his or her tracks in the dirt.

Moccasins had developed both a stylistic and functional appeal over the years that had crossed over Native American borders and spread to all corners of the globe.

At the age of 17, I was discovering the same functional benefits and beauty in the shoes that Native Americans had worn for centuries before me. They were unlike any shoes I had ever worn before: an upper that covered the foot and wrapped around the whole outsole area, made from natural tanned elk leather that was incredibly soft and well-aged from years of wear. This particular pair that I was wearing were already modified for city life with an add-on rubber outsole; like the plains and desert dwelling Native Americans who had added an extra layer of hard leather to the bottom of their moccasins, I had learned that a rubber sole is an absolute necessity for someone living in an urban environment.

Years later when I founded visvim, I wanted to introduce a groundbreaking product that the market had never seen before. What I thought of was to create a shoe with a classic silhouette that paid homage to the vintage items that had inspired me from my youth, paired with a modern, highly technical sneaker outsole suitable for modern day wear.

The basic concept was fairly simple: to keep the raw appearance of Native American moccasins, but with the added functionality of being wearable in the city. Being suitable for city life entailed more than just adding a sneaker sole; I was also concerned with the styling of the shoe, and the ability to mix and match with different outfits. This is where the idea of a removable fringe was born. I spent quite some time with my pattern cutter perfecting the silhouette of the shoe, both with and without the fringe, because it was important for the new creation to be stylistically versatile. To maintain the feeling of the original Native American moccasins, I decided to use natural tanned elk hide for the upper material. A sneaker outsole, combined with EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) phylon midsoles and a TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) heel stabilizer added modern performance elements.

There was a great deal of excitement when the FBT was released over ten years ago, but my team and I have never stopped trying to improve upon the original design. While the outward appearance of the shoe - a leather moccasin-inspired upper with a removable fringe, combined with a sneaker outsole - has not changed, many of the materials have been upgraded. The midsole is now made from polyurethane and the outsoles for certain models are custom made by Vibram. Pigment-free, natural tanned leather uppers are used to make sure that the material does not irritate one's feet, while a natural cork insole molds to the wearer's foot over time. Feet, and by extension, shoes, bear more of a daily burden than any other part of the body, so it is crucial that anything that touches the feet should be made of extremely breathable, natural materials.

For us, the FBT is very symbolic. Our original goals were to make products that are long lasting, that age well with time, and that have staying power in the market. The FBT is an embodiment of all these things, but it also serves as an inspiration for my team and I to continue to pour all our energy into the development of new, groundbreaking products.

Noble Locks
Noble Locks avatar

66963 posts since 10/7/03

19 Aug 2014 18:43
Will never ever forget the day aspecto had fbt's in every colour and every size for half price when they first came out. And will also never forget when they turned up, my first ever pairs. Think i looked at them and smelt them every day for a about two weeks. Still got a couple of pairs from then as well and look as good as new after being worn loads. Dont think i could ever wear them again anymore. Havent put vis on my feet in about three years. Memories doe.
generic_guy avatar

10215 posts since 16/9/02

19 Aug 2014 19:46

TBH £86 delivered seems a little better than cheap-ish nowadays Laughing out loud
Noble Locks
Noble Locks avatar

66963 posts since 10/7/03

19 Aug 2014 19:48
Will always be grateful to you for that shout mate.
MoB avatar

37353 posts since 31/8/04

posted 19 Aug 2014 19:50, edited 19 Aug 2014 19:50
£160 retail at the time, whats the retail now?
gbh-h avatar

1515 posts since 4/4/13

19 Aug 2014 19:58
bout tree fiddy (serious)
generic_guy avatar

10215 posts since 16/9/02

19 Aug 2014 19:59
Amdo fold version on End reduced to £455 Jawdropping!

Going rate looks to be about £430-440
Rirawin avatar

9633 posts since 17/7/05

posted 19 Aug 2014 20:00, edited 19 Aug 2014 20:00
Japan retail is £230 - £275
Fuzzyduck121 avatar

1639 posts since 14/12/12

19 Aug 2014 20:03
generic_guy wrote: Memories…

TBH £86 delivered seems a little better than cheap-ish nowadays Laughing out loud

Had to click the link just incase
MB avatar

4353 posts since 27/9/05

19 Aug 2014 21:13
Noble Locks wrote: Will always be grateful to you for that shout mate.

if you want someone to 'look after' any of them holla Cool
supmah avatar

368 posts since 13/6/12

21 Aug 2014 19:20
Anyone interested in a one wash SS shirt size 2? Can't upload pics atm, thought I check here first