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Originally Posted by MBoxer View Post
 

Well, it looks like Carmina's quality control has let one through. I just received my Rain snuff suede wingtips. They look great, but came with a huge gouge in the inside of the left shoe sole. The shoes otherwise are beauties. So frustrating to have perfection all around with a giant gouge in there! Any thoughts on how to solve this one? 

 

Any possibility for a close up? Brought the item to Carmina's attention? 

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Originally Posted by Sactogeoff View Post






For anyone who's interested.  Ordered on 11-11-2015 and they arrived in California today 11-23-2015 with shoe trees and no import tax bill fuss.  Photos are of the shoes straight from the box taken with my phone.  Inca fit is more forgiving than Rain.  Which also fits.  But Rain is seems slightly more narrow (by a smidge at the toe box).

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Originally Posted by bm93 View Post

You can see some real life pictures of the burgundy calf oxford here

As far as Meermin's Hiro vs.Inca and Rain, I would say the Hiro last is overall more narrow than both. Compared to the Inca last, Hirohas a higher instep, narrower forefoot and slightly narrower toebox, and the heels are about the same. Compared to Rain, I would say the Hiro is narrower everywhere. Of the three, Hiro definitely fits the snuggest on me.

For the record, I wear the same size in all 3 shoes (UK7.5) and am a US8.5D/E on Brannock with a medium/high instep.

From widest to narrowest:

Heel: Rain > Inca = Hiro
Instep: Rain > Hiro > Inca
Forefoot/Midfoot: Rain = Inca > Hiro
Toebox: Inca > Rain > Hiro
The photo quality in your link isn't too good, hard to make out what colour it is. But I managed to find someone who also posted pictures of this particular pair. The colour looks a lot deeper and richer than the pictures on Carmina's site.
post #16563 of 18825
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Originally Posted by AlexHffK View Post










Carmina Rain in Black Cordovan size 8 UK
Meermin Hiro in Cherry Cordovan size 8.5 UK

With these sizes fitting heel to vamp is the same for me.
Rain is a bit tight on my pinky toe.
Hiro is tight on the instep not being able to close fully.
Throatline on Rain sits perfect while it's a bit roomy on Hiro.

Rain heel counter extends behind heel, while it seems flush on Hiro.

Rain with this size difference has a more shallow toe area than Hiro.

Other note, Carmina shoe-tree fits perfect in rain last.
Thanks for the info. It looks like lengthwise Rain is about a half size down from Hiro. However since Hiro is so snug for me I think I can live with Rain on the same size as Hiro. Only concern is heel slippage if there is any.
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Originally Posted by Butterfeet View Post
 

 

Thanks for this. The navy blue on the site looks a shade darker, but maybe it's just lighting. 

 

 

It will definitely vary with lighting conditions.
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Originally Posted by Butterfeet View Post
 

 

Thanks for this. The navy blue on the site looks a shade darker, but maybe it's just lighting. 

 

 

Yup I saw his replies, very helpful indeed, although I needed a comparison with the Hiro last to make it really useful to me. 

 

 

This post is a great help! It looks like you and I have the same sizing. I also wear a 7.5UK in the Hiro last, and I have medium/high instep too. The Hiro is hard to get into, but once my feet are in they are snug and quite comfortable. The reason I was asking for a comparison is because of the snugness - if the Rain or Inca lasts were slightly narrower anywhere it could be a problem for me, but it looks like Hiro is narrower anywhere and I'll get a 7.5UK in Rain/Inca. 

 

Just be aware that I found Inca's instep to be too tight, to the point where I had to get them stretched. Now that they're stretched, they fit well, but it's not something I'd want to rely on. YMMV. This was for an Inca balmoral, so it may be different for a pair of monks.

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Originally Posted by bm93 View Post

Just be aware that I found Inca's instep to be too tight, to the point where I had to get them stretched. Now that they're stretched, they fit well, but it's not something I'd want to rely on. YMMV. This was for an Inca balmoral, so it may be different for a pair of monks.

Inca has the instep of Simpson with the toe box of Rain. Doesn't work for me.
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Originally Posted by Win545 View Post

Okay, I have just received my first pair of carmina, semi-brogue on rain last. I wonder whether the fit is right or not?
First of all, I take UK7 as of all my other European/English shoes. The toe area feels tight but instep feel normal. The shoelace open to a nice V shape.
The heel cup however is wide and a bit loose when walk. Plus, overall, the shoes seem shorter than my normal shoes when look from above.
Is this normal for rain last, or should i take a half size bigger?

Hi,

You are saying that the instep in your Rain shoes feel normal which practically means that your instep is high-ish. Beware, that although the heel in the Simpson is narrower and the above issue (loose heel) will be corrected, its instep is significantly lower than the Rain, and there may arise your new issue!

I would suggest you to seek advice from a professional retailer (a lot of favorite ones around) having extended knowledge of fitting issues.

Cheers

Dimitris
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Any advice on breaking in the heel? Got a new pair of Rain lasted ankle boots and the right heel is absolutely killing me. After the first day of wear (about a week ago) I had a terrible blister only on the right heel. I feel like it's actually protruding outward into my heel and thus digging in causing a blister. My other pair of Rain lasted shoes did not have this problem. 

 

So, any tips to break in the heel and make it softer? Or at least get the stiffener to not seemingly protrude outward? I've already placed them in shoe trees and tried them on again, still with pain at the right heel. Everything else about the shoe feels great. 

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Originally Posted by Win545 View Post
 


Thanks,so I assume this is normal. And if i were to buy Simpson lasted shoes, i should go a half size up from rain?

 

I take the same size in both - I have a tiny bit of heel slip in Rain and none in Simpson. I have a low instep, so Simpson fits like a glove.

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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post
 

Any advice on breaking in the heel? Got a new pair of Rain lasted ankle boots and the right heel is absolutely killing me. After the first day of wear (about a week ago) I had a terrible blister only on the right heel. I feel like it's actually protruding outward into my heel and thus digging in causing a blister. My other pair of Rain lasted shoes did not have this problem. 

 

So, any tips to break in the heel and make it softer? Or at least get the stiffener to not seemingly protrude outward? I've already placed them in shoe trees and tried them on again, still with pain at the right heel. Everything else about the shoe feels great. 

 

I've found that often happens with new dress shoes but it generally goes away as they break in.  I don't think I've ever had it continue past, say, 5 wears for calf shoes...less for suede, more for shell.  Best way to deal with it is to put a bandaid over the spot it rubs against, I think.

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Originally Posted by NWTeal View Post


I thought Carmina no longer made cordovan Jodhpurs (after those navy shell ones) due to tears during lasting.

 

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Originally Posted by saurabh View Post
 


I am glad that they took my order at the trunk show and Carmina people did mention that its difficult to make the jodhpurs and also the whole cut chelsea boots in cordovan than other boots which they have online. 

I was tempted to order the whole cut chelsea as well but ultimately decided on the jodhpurs. Hope they turn out great :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by stevent View Post




Nice, funny that is my boot but sold since it was too big. Reddit had a navy shell gmto a few weeks ago but it was pattern that I didn't like, strap facing opposite way. Have a cordovan tavistock as well but really want a carmina model. Hopefully they start accepting gmtos now

 

 

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Originally Posted by saurabh View Post
 

what a coincidence as i saw the pics of your shoes a while back on the forum and saved it on my phone. I am sure they will accept mto or gmtos for this model as they did accept my order. 

 

Super excited to report that my Carmina Jodhpur Boots Model: 80106 (similar to G&G Tavistock model) in Saddle Cordovan are completed. They will be shipping soon after getting Flush Metal Toe tips. 

 

I had asked multiple shoe manufacturers like G&G, Vass, C&J, EG, Meermin, Enzo Bonafe etc for making a similar model but no one was willing to make them in Jodhpur style boots in Whiskey/Saddle Cordovan which anyways is hard to get.  

I feel lucky that i was able place order with Carmina at the last year's Proper kit trunk show with no extra fees for this unique and rare makeup.

I just got the pic sent by Jaime from Carmina and more to follow after i receive them. 

 

 

 

Not sure if there is enough interest here but given a chance i will be happy to participate in a GMTO to order a pair in Saddle Shell Frankenstitch boots and also Cognac Shell in Chelsea style :) 

 

Big thanks to @stevent for posting his Navy Shell Carmina boots a while back (which unfortunately didn't fit him) and that's how i got the inspiration to get these. 

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Originally Posted by saurabh View Post



Super excited to report that my Carmina Jodhpur Boots Model: 80106 (similar to G&G Tavistock model) in Saddle Cordovan are completed. They will be shipping soon after getting Flush Metal Toe tips. 

I had asked multiple shoe manufacturers like G&G, Vass, C&J, EG, Meermin, Enzo Bonafe etc for making a similar model but no one was willing to make them in Jodhpur style boots in Whiskey/Saddle Cordovan which anyways is hard to get.  
I feel lucky that i was able place order with Carmina at the last year's Proper kit trunk show with no extra fees for this unique and rare makeup.
I just got the pic sent by Jaime from Carmina and more to follow after i receive them. 





Not sure if there is enough interest here but given a chance i will be happy to participate in a GMTO to order a pair in Saddle Shell Frankenstitch boots and also Cognac Shell in Chelsea style smile.gif 

Big thanks to @stevent
 for posting his Navy Shell Carmina boots a while back (which unfortunately didn't fit him) and that's how i got the inspiration to get these. 

Those came out amazing! Congrats
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post


Those came out amazing! Congrats

thanks a lot @stevent . 

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Beautiful Jodhpur boots
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Originally Posted by saurabh View Post



Super excited to report that my Carmina Jodhpur Boots Model: 80106 (similar to G&G Tavistock model) in Saddle Cordovan are completed. They will be shipping soon after getting Flush Metal Toe tips. 

I had asked multiple shoe manufacturers like G&G, Vass, C&J, EG, Meermin, Enzo Bonafe etc for making a similar model but no one was willing to make them in Jodhpur style boots in Whiskey/Saddle Cordovan which anyways is hard to get.  
I feel lucky that i was able place order with Carmina at the last year's Proper kit trunk show with no extra fees for this unique and rare makeup.
I just got the pic sent by Jaime from Carmina and more to follow after i receive them. 




Not sure if there is enough interest here but given a chance i will be happy to participate in a GMTO to order a pair in Saddle Shell Frankenstitch boots and also Cognac Shell in Chelsea style smile.gif 

Big thanks to @stevent
 for posting his Navy Shell Carmina boots a while back (which unfortunately didn't fit him) and that's how i got the inspiration to get these. 

incredible! amazing! now i have to go about my day pretending i didnt see this

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