yeah, that thread was started last month, though. And people just have differing opinions, as with everything else.
The way I see it, Carmina has had a strong run recently because you can actually buy them now rather easily, courtesy of our friends at The Armoury. People like Fidel, NORE, and, I guess, MAC, recently, bought a pair, created threads about these, which is why they seem more visible. That is all.
Carmina was the ONLY brand that I bought two pair after remembering the various threads I'd seen on them and having no first-hand experience. I only did a search after pulling the trigger. When they came I was very pleased. Very nice shoes at this point in time. Can't speak for prior or if the Armoury commissions were special.
I am very pleased with the pairs I bought and will continue to encourage other members to patronize.