How do you like the Victory sole?
I just picked up my first pair of Carmina shoes! I picked up this pair from http://www.gentlemensfootwear.com.
Mr. Yoo was really awesome to work with. He responded very quickly to his emails and he even went so far as to meet me in LA so I could try on different sizes. He's a really friendly guy - we got to chatting about shoes, clothes, etc. IMO he really went above and beyond to help me get my sizing right. I will certainly purchase more shoes from him in the future.
Promised photos. I shined up the Tan pair of calf shoes with saphir, which is a wonderful product from the board sponsor "Hanger Project". Still waiting on the deer bone to shine up the cordovan pairs. Thanks to this board for helping me find this great shoemaker. I have had pairs of Aldens, which are great shoes, but very large compared to the Carmina. I will eventually have to put up for sale the burgundy cordovan belt I ordered, which is too small, or maybe find an incentive to lose weight. Shoes are stiff, but have already noticed the soles loosen up a bit and very comfortable. Betty is very good to work with and very prompt with e-mail responses. The shoes shipped Fedex around the 8th of this month and still waiting on the customs bill, but not sure if they would send it. I accidentally stated that they were shipped DHL, but those were the Momotaro order I put in through Japan. I didn't get dinged with customs with that order yet (keeping fingers crossed). I am sure the U.S. will eventually have to become more strict with import duties to get as much taxes collected from us working.