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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post


Maybe try rain in a half size up as well? I guess your instep is indeed legendary.

Should finances not be a concern, Bonafe could work very well for you. Their lasts reportedly have a high instep.


I was going to mention Bonafe a third time, but decided not to. But now that you mention it, the OP's foot sounds like a pretty good fit for bonafe. The instep on the 74945 is for sure higher than Rain, but also the length is shorter by about a quarter size or more. 

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I was going to mention Bonafe a third time, but decided not to. But now that you mention it, the OP's foot sounds like a pretty good fit for bonafe. The instep on the 74945 is for sure higher than Rain, but also the length is shorter by about a quarter size or more. 

Carmina price-wise is scraping the limit on what I can spend on shoes right now, but I'll set an eBay alert and keep my eyes open if you guys think that Bonafe would be a good option for me.

EDIT Oh wow, I'm not sure why I thought Bonafe ran closer to the $600-$650 mark, there's a lot of shoes on Skoak closer to $500. I was trying to stay around $450 tops, but I think I'll take a shot at one of these. Thanks gents!
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Carmina price-wise is scraping the limit on what I can spend on shoes right now, but I'll set an eBay alert and keep my eyes open if you guys think that Bonafe would be a good option for me.

EDIT Oh wow, I'm not sure why I thought Bonafe ran closer to the $600-$650 mark, there's a lot of shoes on Skoak closer to $500. I was trying to stay around $450 tops, but I think I'll take a shot at one of these. Thanks gents!


Before you know it, you'll be spending $1,500 - $2,000 on Edward Green and St. Crispin.  This is just how it starts out.

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^ This

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^ This

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Before you know it, you'll be spending $1,500 - $2,000 on Edward Green and St. Crispin.  This is just how it starts out.

Happened to me
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Fo reference this is the lacing on my Carminas, Thom.

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Have you tried Carmina Simpson. Very sleek looking last.I have somewhat similar challenge in finding shoes, slightly wider foot (probably between E and EE, but i can make E work most of the time), high instep (and high arch) and small heel. 

 

So for instance Carmina Inca doesn't work for me at all, as it is too wide in the heel.

 

 

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Originally Posted by CaptainTohm View Post

I have what I would describe as a thin heel compared to the rest of my foot. The Rain a half size down was very large around my heel. Perhaps if the rest of the shoe was sized properly that wouldn't be a problem, but it definitely felt like a lot of extra space even when the rest of the shoe was tight.

The main reason for trying Carmina was the Inca and Rain lasts being described as sleek looking, but accommodating to a wider foot. I'm still debating about keeping the Inca because the rest of it feels pretty good, some heel sleep when I exaggerate the force I press down through the front of my foot with, but I'm assuming that will go away once the shoe breaks in, and I stop trying to see if I can force my way out of the shoe while looking for fit problems.

If anyone has suggestions for non-chunky and not round-toed shoes (I'm looking for proper dress shoes, not shit-kickers) that would work for a US E (UK F, I suppose?) please PM me. Even if I'm not talked out of these Carminas, I'd like to explore some brands with more width options.

All that said, these shoes are absolutely beautiful and the finishing is top notch. If I wasn't such a frustrating fit, I'd be in love.
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Fo reference this is the lacing on my Carminas, Thom.


Well, shit. I think Carmina may not work for me unless I do a special order. That's unfortunate. I emailed Skoaktiebolaget about Bonafe, and they didn't sound like they thought the difference would be large enough to fit my foot.
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Originally Posted by CaptainTohm View Post


Well, shit. I think Carmina may not work for me unless I do a special order. That's unfortunate. I emailed Skoaktiebolaget about Bonafe, and they didn't sound like they thought the difference would be large enough to fit my foot.


The quarters don't have to be touching.  It's okay to have a V.  I would not obsess over the severity of the V so much.  If they fit comfortably, then go with it.

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The quarters don't have to be touching.  It's okay to have a V.  I would not obsess over the severity of the V so much.  If they fit comfortably, then go with it.

Agreed, I don't know where this whole notion of getting a closed V lacing gap came from..  I think its just a gauge when people have them spread way too wide apart.  

 

Coming from someone with a low instep, that can close basically all vamps.   I can tell you that any shoe I can close the laces fully on, is going to break in to be too large over the next 10-20 wears.  Than you need a tongue pad, and shoe fit pretty much sucks after that.... 

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Originally Posted by CanadaCal View Post
 

Agreed, I don't know where this whole notion of getting a closed V lacing gap came from..  I think its just a gauge when people have them spread way too wide apart.  

 

Coming from someone with a low instep, that can close basically all vamps.   I can tell you that any shoe I can close the laces fully on, is going to break in to be too large over the next 10-20 wears.  Than you need a tongue pad, and shoe fit pretty much sucks after that.... 

Just for the record, I agree that it doesn't have to be closed or even almost closed when you try it on. All I'm saying is that it's a data point on fit. If the rest is fine and you don't mind the look, then go right ahead.

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Here's my V, FWIW.

 

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:eek: way too wide, what are you thinking?

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Originally Posted by CanadaCal View Post
 

:eek: way too wide, what are you thinking?

:embar: I just really wanted to brag to my coworkers/friends about my shell cordovan Alden's and how special and rare they are, so I bought the wrong size and 'made it work'.

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Originally Posted by CanadaCal View Post

Agreed, I don't know where this whole notion of getting a closed V lacing gap came from..  I think its just a gauge when people have them spread way too wide apart.  

Coming from someone with a low instep, that can close basically all vamps.   I can tell you that any shoe I can close the laces fully on, is going to break in to be too large over the next 10-20 wears.  Than you need a tongue pad, and shoe fit pretty much sucks after that.... 
Well dose that mean one should go lower in size all my shoes I can close the laces fully specially on G&G & EG.
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