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Probably for forex reasons.

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Carminas new monk strap on Buger last is out of this world

I'm excited to try the burger last. So far I haven't been able to find a good last fit for me with carmina. frown.gif
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Need some advice...

 

I received my ProperKit MTO Saddle shell frankenstich boots and while they look great, there are two issues that I'm not really happy with considering the price of these.

 

- Inside panel on one boot has really fine creases (before wearing them at all) and they look similar to creases on calf skin, not anything I've ever seen on any other 1st quality shell cordovan

 

- Inside lining of both boots feels loose, not attached to the upper, almost like the inner lining is larger than the outer, just doesn't feel quality.  Again, have never seen this or felt this with Alden, C&J or even AE, the inner liner always feels attached the the upper, no loose areas where I feel them separated 

 

 

I contacted customer service and they reassured me this is not a defect and is normal....

 

These are the most expensive pair of boots I've purchased and while they look amazing, I'm left feeling a little disappointed knowing I've spent less on other shoes and have not noticed anything like this

 

 

Not intended to bash anyone or anything, just wondering if I'm making a bigger deal than I should 

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Pics?

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I'm loving my Carminas.
Rain last - I actually think it fits my foot quite well.
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Pics?

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Got these in today. Maiden voyage tomorrow. Thought I'd snap some pics pre-creasing.

 

 

 

 

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As I was lacing up a pair of Carmina boots today the darn lace snapped...Which reminded me that the laces on all 6 pairs of Carmina laceups that I have,  have snapped within 7 or so wearings. It's not particularly a big deal versus something a bit odd.. I doubt it's just me. I have a few pairs of shoes that are going on 8 years with the original laces & I'm hardly of the bodybuilder physique...Surely a few of you  have experienced this issue as well?

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As I was lacing up a pair of Carmina boots today the darn lace snapped...Which reminded me that the laces on all 6 pairs of Carmina laceups that I have,  have snapped within 7 or so wearings. It's not particularly a big deal versus something a bit odd.. I doubt it's just me. I have a few pairs of shoes that are going on 8 years with the original laces & I'm hardly of the bodybuilder physique...Surely a few of you  have experienced this issue as well?

I have had this happen on almost every boot with speed hooks I have. Alden, Carmina, C&J, Bonafè, G&G, EG. It lessens if you follow the instructions in @j ingevaldsson video (I wish he could make a dubbed version in English before I have to post one). I am a bit of a sloppy dresser though, where speed (stress, try dressing two grumpy little ones in four layers of winter clothing) gets priority before caution.
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I'lll check out the video...But what I talking about is that this has happened on all my Carminas...not just the boots with speed hooks but on all 5 pair of bals as well...and these snapped in non-rush situations..I wasn't yanking these things through the whole shoe versus it happening on the last pull before cinching them down...and again...It hasn't happened with other makers. Out of 40 or so shoes in my collection, I can recall having to replace laces on only 3 of them and that was after years of use. I find it hard to believe that it's just coincidence all the carmina's broke so quickly (funny thing with the boots & speed hooks...Those laces actually lasted the longest.  . lol).

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As I was lacing up a pair of Carmina boots today the darn lace snapped...Which reminded me that the laces on all 6 pairs of Carmina laceups that I have,  have snapped within 7 or so wearings. It's not particularly a big deal versus something a bit odd.. I doubt it's just me. I have a few pairs of shoes that are going on 8 years with the original laces & I'm hardly of the bodybuilder physique...Surely a few of you  have experienced this issue as well?


I tend to replace most laces with higher quality ones very quickly after having bought (yet) another new pair :-) but then maybe that's just me ?

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I tend to replace most laces with higher quality ones very quickly after having bought (yet) another new pair :-) but then maybe that's just me ?


You also have the advantage of being located where quality laces are easy to find (I.E. Brogues). Unfortunately the Lausannois aren't quite as refined as the international set there in  Genève (although we did have one of Seror's apprentices  open his cobbler shop here)...lol...Honestly...I haven't really even considered just changing laces out at arrival.

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@justonemore True ... but actually I order them from France or UK (didn't realise Brogue had any but I'll check tomorrow!)  - Seems to me quite a few brands are saving costs on laces, happened to me several times with British brands (not with speed hooks, although they can be killers for laces)! If you need any just let me know I'll pm you the details!

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Thanks for the offer. I might have to take you up on that for these boot laces. I doubt the 3 places here that might have them, actually will. Ordering online is a good idea...I guess I just hadn't really thought of it for something so small versus just stopping somewhere on the rare occasion that I've needed them and taking what's available...Would you mind sharing who you're using in France and the U.K?


I'm actually not certain what accessories Brogue carries anymore,  I haven't been to see them since before they moved shop. Last time I was there they had just dropped Carmina and the gent running the shop had told me that moving shell cordovan was problematic (he offered me a nice deal on a couple pair...unfortunately neither was to my liking). I like the shop and wish I was close enough to pop in every now and again...especially during sales season....but an hour away might as well be 20 if you don't really have time to dedicate.

 

 

 

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Hi all,

 

I am new to the world of classic shoes world and really don't know where to start... Seeing all the nice complements about Carmina and thinking of getting a pair for my new job :) So here are some of the questions I have and wish you all gents can help:

 

- For the style, I like Wingtip Oxfords.  But all the technical terms just drive me nuts... (813, 922, Forest, Rain, Semi/Full Brogue, etc).  Just wonder is there any sites or threads explains all these jangles

- I am living in Hong Kong and seems nobody carries Carmina in town. Learned that the sizings and fits maybe varies from different person so any suggestion on the shoes comparison (IE compare to sport shoes or other brands like Gucci or Ferragamo which they have physical shops in HK).   

- I will have a b-trip to London in April.  Any shops or shopping malls carry bigger stocks for the brand?

 

Cheers,

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