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There's no comparison with Carmina, which is a clear step up for roughly the same amount of money.  It's a tough comparison with Meermin because Meermin is so hit and miss with its quality control and has awful customer service.  When it comes to Meermin vs. AE I always try to pick AE because I know AE's great customer service will take care of any problems with the shoes.

 



I had to return my McAllisters (only paid $230) because I bought the wrong size, and they didn't carry a 9E. $350 with another 8% tax is putting it close to Carmina territory, but I really want those burgundy Mcallisters back (or this case, the upgraded Jeffersons).

Tough choices once it hits around the all-in $400 mark.

 

You also need to factor in that you cannot try on Carmina before ordering from Spain, so if the shoe does not fit you're probably trying to flip it on EBay.  As an E width for AE, it may be more of a gamble for you than it was for me as I am a D width for AE's 5 last and found the  Forest last to be pretty comparable and the Rain last to be slightly wider but still comfortable.  My Inca last shoes are probably close to the equivalent of an AE E width.  As part of your analysis, there is something to be said for being able to try on a shoe before purchasing, which  might counsel for AE or relying upon one of the Carmina vendors (Gentlemens' Footwear or Skoaktiebolaget) to help you dial in your size before ordering.

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Kenilworth in bourbon, I'm getting the next largest width to replace these- the widest part of my foot (sides above the ball of my foot) is simply too tight in a D width.

Will getting the next width up solve this problem?


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You also need to factor in that you cannot try on Carmina before ordering from Spain, so if the shoe does not fit you're probably trying to flip it on EBay.  As an E width for AE, it may be more of a gamble for you than it was for me as I am a D width for AE's 5 last and found the  Forest last to be pretty comparable and the Rain last to be slightly wider but still comfortable.  My Inca last shoes are probably close to the equivalent of an AE E width.  As part of your analysis, there is something to be said for being able to try on a shoe before purchasing, which  might counsel for AE or relying upon one of the Carmina vendors (Gentlemens' Footwear or Skoaktiebolaget) to help you dial in your size before ordering.

I don't suppose Carmina makes widths for a large 3E? I love the look of their shoes but worry about comfort.

Even 3E in some AE lasts (2, 8) are a little too snug for me. In fact, looking for makes of wide shoes was how I found out about AE in the first place.
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Kenilworth in bourbon, I'm getting the next largest width to replace these- the widest part of my foot (sides above the ball of my foot) is simply too tight in a D width.

Will getting the next width up solve this problem?


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You appear to have several fit issues going on here based on the gap at the laces and the gap around your heels.  Have you been professionally fitted by an AE or Nordstrom SA?  I would try that before guessing on a different size, but if that is not possible try an E width and see how it works for you.

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I don't suppose Carmina makes widths for a large 3E? I love the look of their shoes but worry about comfort.

Even 3E in some AE lasts (2, 8) are a little too snug for me. In fact, looking for makes of wide shoes was how I found out about AE in the first place.

 

You may be an AE lifer as one of the ways AE distinguishes itself from other companies are all the sizes it offers.  I'm a wide D width with a heel that is too narrow for E widths and wear Carmina's wider lasts (Forest, Rain and Inca), so no way they would work for an EEE.  That said, Carmina does make special extra wide versions of some lasts (Forest and Rain, I believe), but you would have to do this as part of a group MTO to avoid the 50% surcharge.  I would lurk on the Gentlemens' Footwear site and communicate with Steve (the owner) about whether a wide fitting version would work for you.

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You appear to have several fit issues going on here based on the gap at the laces and the gap around your heels.  Have you been professionally fitted by an AE or Nordstrom SA?  I would try that before guessing on a different size, but if that is not possible try an E width and see how it works for you.

Any good fitting resource that you can recommend? I'd prefer to be professionally fitted but unfortunately there isn't a store near me but it sounds like a trip may be worth it.


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Any good fitting resource that you can recommend? I'd prefer to be professionally fitted but unfortunately there isn't a store near me but it sounds like a trip may be worth it.


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If the trip is an hour or less, I would invest the time to get your size dialed in before you waste money on poor fitting shoes.

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Shell daltons today:

 

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My poor shell Macneils I ordered on ebay have made an odd journey so far on their way to me in Calgary. So far Augusta to Atlanta and now Miami (???), seems like these might be a while before they actually get to me. I am so impatient when it comes to new shoes haha.

 

 

 

 

 

Might pick up a pair of Clark Streets during the upcoming sale, either that or try and wait for them to hit clearance in a few months. Also, just noticed that AE has come out with Golden Brown and Natural CXL belts called the Sun River for $98. Looks like a solid casual belt and less expensive compared to Rancourts offerings, though they have a better color selection.

 

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Shell daltons today:

 

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Beautiful

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Sale info:
University in black or walnut - 260
Lexington (based on Park Ave, but "more modern toe") black brown bourbon chili - 240
McAllister all colors - 260
Boca Raton 260
Ashton 260
Mora 2 - 260
Randolph 260
Lake shore drive, Clark St., Addison, rush St. - 250


Thank you!
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There's no comparison with Carmina, which is a clear step up for roughly the same amount of money.  It's a tough comparison with Meermin because Meermin is so hit and miss with its quality control and has awful customer service.  When it comes to Meermin vs. AE I always try to pick AE because I know AE's great customer service will take care of any problems with the shoes.

 



I had to return my McAllisters (only paid $230) because I bought the wrong size, and they didn't carry a 9E. $350 with another 8% tax is putting it close to Carmina territory, but I really want those burgundy Mcallisters back (or this case, the upgraded Jeffersons).

Tough choices once it hits around the all-in $400 mark.

 

You also need to factor in that you cannot try on Carmina before ordering from Spain, so if the shoe does not fit you're probably trying to flip it on EBay.  As an E width for AE, it may be more of a gamble for you than it was for me as I am a D width for AE's 5 last and found the  Forest last to be pretty comparable and the Rain last to be slightly wider but still comfortable.  My Inca last shoes are probably close to the equivalent of an AE E width.  As part of your analysis, there is something to be said for being able to try on a shoe before purchasing, which  might counsel for AE or relying upon one of the Carmina vendors (Gentlemens' Footwear or Skoaktiebolaget) to help you dial in your size before ordering.

 

FWIW, I am:

 

AE 1 - 9.5 E

AE 7 - 9 E

Alden Barrie - 9.5 D

Carmina Rain - 9 (UK)

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@New shoes 1

I'm an 8.5UK on the Simpson last and the 9E on the 5-last fits me pretty good as well. Actually, I know my size for Carmina already.

I was just trying to compare quality vs price between the independence line vs. Carmina, not accessibility or fit. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

Don't get me wrong, I love AE and will continue to support the company as AE is one of my favorite shoemakers. I wasn't trying to allude to the fact that Carmina is superior to AE in every way in the $400 price category. I'm just unfamiliar with the independence line, but at the $350 price point, it may be a good opportunity for me to check it out.
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@New shoes 1

I'm an 8.5UK on the Simpson last and the 9E on the 5-last fits me pretty good as well. Actually, I know my size for Carmina already.

I was just trying to compare quality vs price between the independence line vs. Carmina, not accessibility or fit. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

Don't get me wrong, I love AE and will continue to support the company as AE is one of my favorite shoemakers. I wasn't trying to allude to the fact that Carmina is superior to AE in every way in the $400 price category. I'm just unfamiliar with the independence line, but at the $350 price point, it may be a good opportunity for me to check it out.

 

JezeC:  I'm not a big fan of sizing up in a narrow last until it fits, which is what it sounds like you did if you are wearing the very narrow Simpson last with a foot wide enough to fill out an E width for AE.  If you try Carmina again, I would suggest trying the Rain or Inca lasts.  For what it's worth, I wear the same size in these (11UK) as I do for AE's 5 last (12D).

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Probably against the rules.

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