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Lookin' good Sushi!

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^ Beautiful shoes.  You did an excellent job in making a first choice.  When the addiction hits, don't go too crazy and grab up everything you see -- take your time and build up a collection that makes sense for you.  That said, I highly recommend you pick a second pair soon so that you can rotate your shoes and extend the life of that pair.

 

Thank you for the advice! I will make sure to be wise in my decisions, though the addiction has already started to course through my blood. 

 

I'm considering a suede chukka with a dainite sole to battle Vancouver weather. Any tips walking, etc. to extending the shoes' life? I drive a car that rides a bit low (not modded, just a small sedan) and it's really uncomfortable for me to not slide around with my left feet while I try to place my feet without bumping them everywhere. 

 

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Lookin' good Sushi!

 

 

Thanks Roger! I think they've molded to my feet nicely and the creases are looking pretty nice. My feet definitely doesn't feel too uncomfortable now as opposed to the first time. :slayer:

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Just out of interest, can anyone tell me why the Incas are 60 euros more than the Rains?
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Originally Posted by Stiva View Post

Just out of interest, can anyone tell me why the Incas are 60 euros more than the Rains?

It had been said that the inca has a premium (comfortable) welt.
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What Model is that Sushi?

One thing I've noticed about Carminas for me anyway is there is no "uncomfortable" break in. My Allen Edmonds all had a few days where I'd have to take them off towards the end of the day. Thankfully those days are behind me.
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Sushi, I definitely remember that feeling of worrying you'll quickly wear out your new shoes, but rest assured that they're far tougher than you can imagine. They'll take a beating.

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Sushi, I definitely remember that feeling of worrying you'll quickly wear out your new shoes, but rest assured that they're far tougher than you can imagine. They'll take a beating.
That "rotation" line of reasoning made me pick up two pairs of shoes that I definitely could have lived without. It makes sense, but take your time.
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Originally Posted by Stiva View Post

Just out of interest, can anyone tell me why the Incas are 60 euros more than the Rains?

It had been said that the inca has a premium (comfortable) welt.

I believe Incas are also hand-welted.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Six View Post


I believe Incas are also hand-welted.

 

They aren't hand-welted. The welt used for Inca is of higher quality compared to Carmina's other lasts, thus the higher price.


Edited by Baked Potato - 3/31/14 at 10:30am
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I thought that I had read in this thread that they were hand-welted, but I can't find the post, so I must be mis-remembering. When I asked the same question about the price difference some time last year, Leaves also said that it's a higher quality welt. I'm not sure why I remembered "hand-welted."

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What Model is that Sushi?

One thing I've noticed about Carminas for me anyway is there is no "uncomfortable" break in. My Allen Edmonds all had a few days where I'd have to take them off towards the end of the day. Thankfully those days are behind me.

They're the "Ellison" from Epaulet. I've noticed that other than my wide flat feet being broken in, my first day with them were pretty okay. Good thing I chose to get one step higher up eh?

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Sushi, I definitely remember that feeling of worrying you'll quickly wear out your new shoes, but rest assured that they're far tougher than you can imagine. They'll take a beating.

Thanks for the reassurance. I think I may have to get toe taps installed if I ever do MTO because my first wear already shows more wear there than anywhere else...

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That "rotation" line of reasoning made me pick up two pairs of shoes that I definitely could have lived without. It makes sense, but take your time.

Thanks for that. Although all kinds of shoes are seducing my wallet now, I'm trying to decide on an essential pair that will be as versatile as possible. Possibly a suede chukka with daintiest sole for rainy weather.
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Anyone know how sizing works for the carmina belts in inches?

All I see is 85/90/100/110
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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

Anyone know how sizing works for the carmina belts in inches?

All I see is 85/90/100/110

Perhaps those are centimeters, translating to 33.5/35.4/39.4/43.3 inches? Those 10 cm intervals do seem a bit large though.

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Thanks! Yeah, going to email Betty, not sure if it's the waist measurement, or the measure the to hole that you use.
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Thanks for the reassurance. I think I may have to get toe taps installed if I ever do MTO because my first wear already shows more wear there than anywhere else...

I hear that; I wear pretty hard on the toes, so I have sunken metal taps in all of my leather-soled pairs. I've been using a local cobbler for the job (Sky Valet in DC, in case you're nearby), but I hear that B. Nelson in NY does a great job of it for a reasonable price (~$40 per pair), and the shipping is very manageable. (Free one-way, if I remember correctly)

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