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Originally Posted by vmss View Post


Since you guys are talking about lasts. Which is Carmina most aestically pleasing and most popular.

I have uetem, inca,Oscar, rain, Simpson and forest.
I like the Simpson the best follow Inca and uetem.The rain last does have something odd to it in my opinion like some have mentioned here.

 

I like the appearance of Simpson, but I haven't tried it because I suspect it will not fit my feet.  I found Rain disappointing in fit, but I may try sizing down on it in the future.  Forest is a perfect fit for my foot and very attractive, so I'm eager to try more.  I have a pair in Inca, and I love the Cuban heel and everything, but I think maybe the toe shape is a bit too extreme.  Oscar is a great casual last.  Detroit is great for certain styles of shoes, but it's a little tight across the instep for me, and I tend to like European shaped lasts better.

 

Oh, and Buger is very pretty, but what I've heard about the fit doesn't make me confident it's going to work for me.

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Originally Posted by bamgrinus View Post

I like the appearance of Simpson, but I haven't tried it because I suspect it will not fit my feet.  I found Rain disappointing in fit, but I may try sizing down on it in the future.  Forest is a perfect fit for my foot and very attractive, so I'm eager to try more.  I have a pair in Inca, and I love the Cuban heel and everything, but I think maybe the toe shape is a bit too extreme.  Oscar is a great casual last.  Detroit is great for certain styles of shoes, but it's a little tight across the instep for me, and I tend to like European shaped lasts better.

Oh, and Buger is very pretty, but what I've heard about the fit doesn't make me confident it's going to work for me.
I like the forest as well, a very classic last.
post #16908 of 18854
Simpson is my favorite followed by Alcudia.
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My foot is slightly wider than normal. Overall, are Carmina's shoes a good option? (I realize they only come in one width). Thank you.
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A simple question: why does Carmina use dark purple linings often? Is this colour somehow part of the family heraldry or neck of the woods?
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Originally Posted by CaptainTohm View Post

I just received my first two Carmina shoes, a burgundy wingtip brogue on Rain, and a suede wholecut on Inca. The Inca is quite easily the best fitting shoe I've ever owned, but the Rain is... Interesting. It's too tight on my instep and a little too narrow. The heel is also loose, which in turn means there's a lot of pressure from the top of the toe box, where my foot bends, back to the middle of my heel.

I'm trying to decide if I'm going to send them back or try to break them in... It's a pity, because I very much need a new pair of loafers, and if only the Inca works for me, I doubt any of the loafer lasts will be advisable.

 

Did you size the same in both Inca and Rain? I find it rather strange that you have a good fit in Inca and not Rain seeing the image of the Rain which indicates that you have a very high instep. Also Rain is rather wide in the front although it tapers aggressively in the front. Inca IMO is not higher then Rain although the last is tighter in the heel area and the almond shaped toe area also gives a fit and impression 

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Did you size the same in both Inca and Rain? I find it rather strange that you have a good fit in Inca and not Rain seeing the image of the Rain which indicates that you have a very high instep. Also Rain is rather wide in the front although it tapers aggressively in the front. Inca IMO is not higher then Rain although the last is tighter in the heel area and the almond shaped toe area also gives a fit and impression 

 

Agreed; assuming both are the same size, I find it odd how Inca can fit well and Rain can be tight. While the toebox might be slightly roomier on Inca and perhaps the forefoot, for me the instep was noticeably tighter on Inca compared to Rain, to the point where I had to stretch my Inca shoes in order for them to be comfortable to wear. 

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Originally Posted by sdfzs View Post

Did you size the same in both Inca and Rain? I find it rather strange that you have a good fit in Inca and not Rain seeing the image of the Rain which indicates that you have a very high instep. Also Rain is rather wide in the front although it tapers aggressively in the front. Inca IMO is not higher then Rain although the last is tighter in the heel area and the almond shaped toe area also gives a fit and impression 

I suspect Carmina has issues with inconsistencies in sizing and lasting, giving rise to issues with different fit for the same last in different shoes.
I have numerous pairs of shoes in the Rain last, Inca and Simpson as well.
I find that the fit between 2 different oxfords for example, in the same last and size, can vary highly in terms of the fit.
For example I have numerous rain lasted oxfords in uk8.5, and even a couple in size 8. It normally fits me fairly well, and is roomy overall, but a recent pair of oxfords had a terrible toe pinch that led to extreme pain at the end of the day. Same size, same last. Oxford vs oxford. Calf vs calf. Way different fit.
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I suspect Carmina has issues with inconsistencies in sizing and lasting, giving rise to issues with different fit for the same last in different shoes.
I have numerous pairs of shoes in the Rain last, Inca and Simpson as well.
I find that the fit between 2 different oxfords for example, in the same last and size, can vary highly in terms of the fit.
For example I have numerous rain lasted oxfords in uk8.5, and even a couple in size 8. It normally fits me fairly well, and is roomy overall, but a recent pair of oxfords had a terrible toe pinch that led to extreme pain at the end of the day. Same size, same last. Oxford vs oxford. Calf vs calf. Way different fit.

 

Experienced this also but not between for example two calf oxfords, perhaps been lucky there. Have seen it first hand between different leather and between derbies and oxfords on the same last. 

 

The sizing experience between Rain and Inca as described is IMO way beyond what i would say is "natural" sizing differences 

 

Comparing to Allen Edmonds though i think Carmina is way more consistent in sizing throughout :nest:

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Originally Posted by ThunderMarch View Post


I suspect Carmina has issues with inconsistencies in sizing and lasting, giving rise to issues with different fit for the same last in different shoes.
I have numerous pairs of shoes in the Rain last, Inca and Simpson as well.
I find that the fit between 2 different oxfords for example, in the same last and size, can vary highly in terms of the fit.
For example I have numerous rain lasted oxfords in uk8.5, and even a couple in size 8. It normally fits me fairly well, and is roomy overall, but a recent pair of oxfords had a terrible toe pinch that led to extreme pain at the end of the day. Same size, same last. Oxford vs oxford. Calf vs calf. Way different fit.

 

Were the oxfords with a toe pinch a pair of captoes by any chance? The reason I ask is I have a pair of Rain wholecuts that fit beautifully with no pain at all, but my pair of Rain balmoral captoe boots have the same toe pinch you speak of after wearing them for a few hours, though only in the left foot. I don't know what would cause it other than the captoe, considering the pinch is felt right below it and there's nothing of that nature on my wholecuts. Very odd.

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On another note, anyone see this MTO pair of split toes in french cognac calf? http://www.carminashoemaker.com/mto-groups-1224/derby-cognac-shoes-80189

 

I'm not a fan of split toes, but I would love to see other styles made in that cognac calf.

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Oh man, now I'm stressed that I just got lucky with the Inca wholecuts, and that I still have no idea what size I am in Carmina shoes.

I'll try to get a picture of the lacing on my Incas later on. They may be too small as well and I'm just a bit ignorant on these things.
post #16918 of 18854
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On another note, anyone see this MTO pair of split toes in french cognac calf? http://www.carminashoemaker.com/mto-groups-1224/derby-cognac-shoes-80189

I'm not a fan of split toes, but I would love to see other styles made in that cognac calf.

Wow those are lovely! I wasn't a fan of split toes either, but I have been liking them a lot ever since.
post #16919 of 18854
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Originally Posted by CaptainTohm View Post

Oh man, now I'm stressed that I just got lucky with the Inca wholecuts, and that I still have no idea what size I am in Carmina shoes.

I'll try to get a picture of the lacing on my Incas later on. They may be too small as well and I'm just a bit ignorant on these things.

 

No need to stress over it, everyone's feet are different and sizing is a very inexact science. If they're comfortable on your feet, don't worry about it and simply enjoy the shoes.

post #16920 of 18854
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Originally Posted by CaptainTohm View Post

Oh man, now I'm stressed that I just got lucky with the Inca wholecuts, and that I still have no idea what size I am in Carmina shoes.

I'll try to get a picture of the lacing on my Incas later on. They may be too small as well and I'm just a bit ignorant on these things.

What size inca last did you get? Mind posting a photo of the instep?

For what it's worth I have two pairs of shoes on the rain last. One fits quite different than the other before being fully broken in. Now they're about the same, but I did gain some weight and I'm sure that made my foot a little bit bigger.

I wouldn't stress too much about it either. They're just shoes!
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