They are Carmina. I purchased them from Leatherfoot in Toronto, Canada. Someone grabbed the wrong stock number and shipped me wholecuts. In the end, I am very happy and they offered to make good and do the exchange at no cost to me. I decided to keep them. We are all better as these are first world problems. Wholecuts, monks, dub monks---it requires at least some leisure to care. Great shoes.
I have always found the Mac method (which really should be called the Horween method since it is what they suggest) is easy after the first good shine. I can shine my SC shoes in about 1/3 of the time as calf.
Thanks, guys. This is why I have 6 pairs of Carmina on the Rain last (with an additional 3 on the way) and no Meermin and no other Carmina lasts. The shoes beg to be tried on. I may just quit looking - no last fits me as well as the Rain.