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Agreed. Shipping is a costly, time consuming..... Pain In The A*s (but...with all caps)....Many places charge you for the initial shipping...You get hit with duty for the purchase....It doesn't work out.... you pay to reshipping and of course you need to take the time to repackage the things and then find a free moment to hit the post office...You spend several days hoping the things make it intact...and then do it all over again....Of course this is minimized by knowing your size/last for a particular brand....but geesh.-...I've actually not made returns before just because the process is such a drag...but it's the risk you take for better service or price...Much better to get it right the first time...and that usually means going to an actual store (if any are available).

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Agreed. Shipping is a costly, time consuming..... Pain In The A*s (but...with all caps)....Many places charge you for the initial shipping...You get hit with duty for the purchase....It doesn't work out.... you pay to reshipping and of course you need to take the time to repackage the things and then find a free moment to hit the post office...You spend several days hoping the things make it intact...and then do it all over again....Of course this is minimized by knowing your size/last for a particular brand....but geesh.-...I've actually not made returns before just because the process is such a drag...but it's the risk you take for better service or price...Much better to get it right the first time...and that usually means going to an actual store (if any are available).


Well shipping to Germany is actually for free. Reshipping is roughly 20 EUR. So that's not as much of an issue. Finding a store which offers Carmina Boots in Germany is not easy. Not to mention that I need 10.5 or 11, which isn't available every time.

 

Meermin is another thing though, there I actually paid freaking 20 EUR for shipping and another 20 will be paid tomorrow to ship back.

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Thank you for the info Beskpoke DJP

Don't mention it; glad to be helpful!

Cheers

Dimitris
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Well shipping to Germany is actually for free. Reshipping is roughly 20 EUR. So that's not as much of an issue. Finding a store which offers Carmina Boots in Germany is not easy. Not to mention that I need 10.5 or 11, which isn't available every time.

 

Meermin is another thing though, there I actually paid freaking 20 EUR for shipping and another 20 will be paid tomorrow to ship back.

 

I personally find sizing using shoes more accurate than boots. You can check out the Carmina stockist page for list of stockist in Germany. I know at least 1 or 2 in Munich. In fact, Lilienstein Schuhe has a 20% off selected models when I passed by on Saturday.

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Thanks for the information.

 

I am almost never in Munich and rarely in Berlin nowadays. Will be in Duesseldorf next week though, any recommendation over there?

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Thanks for the information.

I am almost never in Munich and rarely in Berlin nowadays. Will be in Duesseldorf next week though, any recommendation over there?

Düsseldorf is a bit fashion orientated. Check out Tott & Co though, on Köningsalle. Don't know if they have Carmina, but they carry Bonafè and Crockett and some other brands you rarely see (Austrian and German stuff). The store is chaotic but they have some great stuff if you have patience. I actually don't think there is a Carmina retailer in Düsseldorf, check their website.
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Actually I am not German just visiting for work to Munich :P

 

http://www.carminashoemaker.com/store-locator?a

 

Seems like most stockists are concentrated in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg. Quality shop across the border in Netherlands generally has a good collection. You can check their website out as well.

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I guess Carmina shoe tree is being offered anymore for the "USA website" ? Because when I clicked to add the shoe tree from "more options" the price went up by 60 dollars or so.

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I guess Carmina shoe tree is being offered anymore for the "USA website" ? Because when I clicked to add the shoe tree from "more options" the price went up by 60 dollars or so.

You don't have to add the trees to your cart. They will be included with the shoe package, like Vass. If you add trees to your cart, you'll be adding an extra pair.
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Actually I am not German just visiting for work to Munich :P

http://www.carminashoemaker.com/store-locator?a

Seems like most stockists are concentrated in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg. Quality shop across the border in Netherlands generally has a good collection. You can check their website out as well.

Quality shop is online only. They have a shop in shop in The Hague but that is on the west coast of the Netherlands, about a 2 hour drive from the German border.
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Dear @justonemore Hi,

I would appreciate if you could share details on this longwing; I know it isn't CARMINA, but it's a very handsome pair of shoes. I just hope that if this is a web image that you have somewhere saved the shoes' provenance!



Cheers

Dimitris

 

 

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The AEs are derbies whereas the picture above is a saddle Oxford. Some photoshop magic?

 

My mistake.  I simply right-clicked in Chrome and selected Search Google for Image. 

 

@Bespoke DJP Maybe reach out to OP @JubeiSpiegel ?


Edited by Bakes11771 - 2/16/16 at 1:02pm
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Just received these Vegano Marron split toes on the Rain last from Skoaktiebolaget.

 

It's been a long wait, but it was worth is imho. Very happy how they turned out.

 

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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. 

Finally received my Carmina Saddle Shell Jodhpur Boots. I had also ordered Saddle Shell Jumper boots style 80184 (Oscar last) early last week as well directly with Carmina and received both boots yesterday. 
Fit on both the boots works out great for me but i have few concerns regarding some spots on the Saddle shell and their finishing. 


On the Jodhpur boots which was a MTO at the Proper kit trunk i love the style of the boots and these look absolutely amazing however i am not liking the fact that here is some dark spot on the front of the left boot. I haven't seen this kind of a spot on my Whiskey C&J boots so not very happy about it. is there a way to lighten that mark ? 
 
On the Jumper boots (80184) the fit is great and style is awesome too. Only on close inspection of the Toe box i see some dark spots which is also very unexpected but i can't see them from far. Does it normally happen on Carmina Shell boots ? I don't have any experience with Carmina shell boots so not sure whether this is expected and whether this is a defect ? 
 
I did express my concerns to Carmina and attaching here the reply from them: 
" Dear Saurabh,
I'm happy that you receive the shoes but not with the issues that you find on the boot. I'm sorry that you are disappointed but I understand your concerns about the spots on the boot's. 

The first spot on the Jodhpur it's hard for me to appreciated in the picture but I guess that this come out when we moulded the vamp of the boot. Shell it's a vegetable leather and it's very difficult to mould the big piece as we do in the normal calf chrome tanned leather.
Sometimes some parts get more heat than others an get this darker color. That's why we rarely offer this type of boot. Specially in natural shell.

I think that we can't do much at this point rather than darken all the boot's a bit. I prefer the boot's lighter as they. This kind of dark spots are the ones that come with the aging. That's why we decide leave as it is and not darken it more.

For this the only solution it's a patina that would dark a bit the boot. Please understand that the shell are natural and undyed and it's very difficult to have a very consistent shade all over the shoe.

About the second issue, it's what we call "orange skin" that come when you are lasting the shoe. Sometime when you are pulling the toe, the pore of the leather open. Sometimes that doesn't happen at the moment. That's why we didn't saw them.

That's you can remove them either with a dear bone or with a cobbler brush.
Please let me know your thoughts about all that.

Best regards
Jaime " 

 

I am attaching the pics for both the boots and will appreciate how i am able to fix the issues if it can be done and whether this is something expected on Saddle shell cordovan. 

As these are expensive purchases i want to be sure that i am getting first grade quality and will any appreciate feedback on it.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by saurabh - 2/16/16 at 1:49pm
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Originally Posted by insy View Post

Hey everyone,

my first post over here, hopefully in the correct manner wink.gif

I just received two Carmina Boots (Jumper Oscar and the Cordovan Soller) as well as one from Meermin.

http://www.carminashoemaker.com/mens-boots/jumper-brown-80184

http://www.carminashoemaker.com/mens-boots/jumper-codovan-burgundy-80179

https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=4736

First general question I have is, the Meermin Leather just feels soooo much harder compared to the Carmina Jumper Boot. The Meermin last fits very well but because the leather is very hard they are not as comfortable at the same time. What is the main difference between the leather of those Boots? I guess the pricing is already the answer?

Secondly, the Carmina Oscar last is a bit too tight in the toe and in the back. The Soller fits very well overcall. However I think there is an issue with the cording. Can you give me your opinion please?



Having exactly the same models it looks like your instep is on the lower side for Soller and perhaps acceptable on Oscar. The later naturally not helping if it's to tight in the toe box. If possible you could try boots on rain that had a wider toe box but unfortunately it also accommodates a high instep so I think it's going to have similar issues such as Soller. You could naturally try an insole on your Soller boot to see if the bulge at the lacing goes down, it won't help for the lacing at the shaft but if you have a good fit and heal grip the shaft might be more cosmetic then an actual issue
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Originally Posted by saurabh View Post

Finally received my Carmina Saddle Shell Jodhpur Boots. I had also ordered Saddle Shell Jumper boots style 80184 (Oscar last) early last week as well directly with Carmina and received both boots yesterday. 

Fit on both the boots works out great for me but i have few concerns regarding some spots on the Saddle shell and their finishing. 


On the Jodhpur boots which was a MTO at the Proper kit trunk i love the style of the boots and these look absolutely amazing however i am not liking the fact that here is some dark spot on the front of the left boot. I haven't seen this kind of a spot on my Whiskey C&J boots so not very happy about it. is there a way to lighten that mark ? 

 

On the Jumper boots (80184) the fit is great and style is awesome too. Only on close inspection of the Toe box i see some dark spots which is also very unexpected but i can't see them from far. Does it normally happen on Carmina Shell boots ? I don't have any experience with Carmina shell boots so not sure whether this is expected and whether this is a defect ? 

 

I did express my concerns to Carmina and attaching here the reply from them: 

" Dear Saurabh,

I'm happy that you receive the shoes but not with the issues that you find on the boot. I'm sorry that you are disappointed but I understand your concerns about the spots on the boot's. 
The first spot on the Jodhpur it's hard for me to appreciated in the picture but I guess that this come out when we moulded the vamp of the boot. Shell it's a vegetable leather and it's very difficult to mould the big piece as we do in the normal calf chrome tanned leather.

Sometimes some parts get more heat than others an get this darker color. That's why we rarely offer this type of boot. Specially in natural shell.
I think that we can't do much at this point rather than darken all the boot's a bit. I prefer the boot's lighter as they. This kind of dark spots are the ones that come with the aging. That's why we decide leave as it is and not darken it more.
For this the only solution it's a patina that would dark a bit the boot. Please understand that the shell are natural and undyed and it's very difficult to have a very consistent shade all over the shoe.
About the second issue, it's what we call "orange skin" that come when you are lasting the shoe. Sometime when you are pulling the toe, the pore of the leather open. Sometimes that doesn't happen at the moment. That's why we didn't saw them.
That's you can remove them either with a dear bone or with a cobbler brush.

Please let me know your thoughts about all that.
Best regards

Jaime " 

I am attaching the pics for both the boots and will appreciate how i am able to fix the issues if it can be done and whether this is something expected on Saddle shell cordovan. 
As these are expensive purchases i want to be sure that i am getting first grade quality and will any appreciate feedback on it.  





























Those are really amazing shoes. Jaime is probably right. Vegetable leather especially undyed/unfinished will have variation in colors and depth. I have vegetable tanned Tarnsjo leather and also have those depth in color and dark spots, especially where they crease/fold it gets the darks spots. That is part of the natural patina of vegetable tanned leather.

Those are amazing shoes and that is the beauty of the leather that it changes over time, wear and tear and gets a nice customize patina. Vegetable tanned leather tends to darken with exposure to sun as well.
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