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@AHS

 

Sorry they do not fit you properly my friend. 

 

Those were some of the finest examples of Shell Cordovan shoe making I ever had the privilege of handling.

 

Carmina at their absolute finest IMO.

 

@NAMOR

 

and

 

@RogerP

 

Always recommend a certain thin leather insole that the name of which escapes me at the moment.

 

It is worth taking them to a competent cobbler who has a good working knowledge of orthopedics to see what he can do.

 

Also, perhaps Carmina could relast them much tighter for you?

 

Never hurts to ask...

 

Thanks.

post #17222 of 18822
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@Zapasman  is probably right, unfortunately.  Seems like this could be a case of Rain's high instep not working well for your foot.  I was never a fan of heel/tongue pads.  Even with such corrective measures, the fit will feel off, and it will dissuade you from wearing them as much as you otherwise would.

Unfortunately, that is the real thing.  For the first time in my life , I am sadly starting to sell some shoes that fit even better than yours.  I just hate insoles and tongue pads.  Good luck.

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@AHS


Sorry they do not fit you properly my friend. 

Those were some of the finest examples of Shell Cordovan shoe making I ever had the privilege of handling.

Carmina at their absolute finest IMO.

Thank you all for your advice. I'm just going to have to accept it that the Rain last doesn't work for me. frown.gif

Next week, I'm going to send these to a friend (and SF member) to sell for me on eBay. SPAM ALERT!!! But if anyone wants a pair of saddle shell Rain 922s in a 9.5 UK at a great price... send me a pm. Here is the original link to the classified I posted a few weeks ago. I am not going to repost on the B&S thread.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/518070/price-drop-carmina-saddle-whiskey-shell-cordovan-rain-last-shortwings-uk-9-5-us-10-5#post_8322306


Thanks, AHS
post #17224 of 18822
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Originally Posted by AHS View Post


Thank you all for your advice. I'm just going to have to accept it that the Rain last doesn't work for me. frown.gif

Next week, I'm going to send these to a friend (and SF member) to sell for me on eBay. SPAM ALERT!!! But if anyone wants a pair of saddle shell Rain 922s in a 9.5 UK at a great price... send me a pm. Here is the original link to the classified I posted a few weeks ago. I am not going to repost on the B&S thread.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/518070/price-drop-carmina-saddle-whiskey-shell-cordovan-rain-last-shortwings-uk-9-5-us-10-5#post_8322306


Thanks, AHS

 

@tocohillsguy

 

@shunted22

post #17225 of 18822

I am looking for some sizing advice. For LodinG/Carlos Santos, I fit their standard width (medium) UK11, whereas for American shoes (Allen Edmonds), I can do a 11.5EE (wide) or 12D (medium). What would that be in the Simpson and Rain last? I understand that the latter (Rain) is a half size bigger than Simpson. 

post #17226 of 18822

Gentlemen,

 

Well, after the maiden voyage of my new Cognac Cordovan LWB I take back my previous post whereby I made the statement that Carmina were overpriced.

 

After wearing them for a few hours tonight and breaking them in, all I can say is WOW...they are worth every penny.

 

Good Night.

post #17227 of 18822

As boot season draws to a close, a few pairs are getting a final cleaning before retiring until the fall.

 

These Carminas have simply impressed the heck out of me.  The CX-L just shrugged off the worst that (an admittedly mild) winter had to offer and required nothing more than a damp cloth wipedown.  These received a light coat of cream polish just to even out the odd scuff here and there and they are back to looking brand new.  Seriously.

 

A real sleeper in the derby boot category, IMO.  You can spend a lot more and not get a lot better.  If someone comes up with this exact boot in a dark brown CX-L, that's an instakopp for me.  Even a version sans storm welt and Frankensticth for a slightly dressier look would be cool by me.  Seriously, one of our awesome forum retailers needs to do this.  @steveyoo1983 and @Leaves

 

 

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Looks like Skoak marked these down another notch and I'm starting to think about it...

 

http://us.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/loafers/products/carmina-cordovan-penny-loafer

 

First question is size, as I've never tried on forest last before.  I ordered a pair of shell double monks on Inca in UK 12 and my heel could basically slip straight out of the shoe.  I now have a UK 11.5 in Inca that fit pretty well.

 

Second question is style.  Typically I think of loafers as being more flexible in lighter colors, and burgundy dresses up most shoes.  Anyone have thoughts on that?

 

Appreciate any feedback you all have!

post #17229 of 18822
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Originally Posted by crossfi73 View Post
 

Looks like Skoak marked these down another notch and I'm starting to think about it...

 

http://us.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/loafers/products/carmina-cordovan-penny-loafer

 

First question is size, as I've never tried on forest last before.  I ordered a pair of shell double monks on Inca in UK 12 and my heel could basically slip straight out of the shoe.  I now have a UK 11.5 in Inca that fit pretty well.

 

Second question is style.  Typically I think of loafers as being more flexible in lighter colors, and burgundy dresses up most shoes.  Anyone have thoughts on that?

 

Appreciate any feedback you all have!

 

I think if you wear 11.5 in Inca, the 12 will work well for you in Forest.  I'm 12 in Inca and 12.5 in Forest loafers.  Style-wise, they're definitely a bit less casual than some, but I think they're still pretty flexible.  I might not wear them as much with jeans, but they'd work great with chinos.  Also they're a crazy steal at that price.

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I think if you wear 11.5 in Inca, the 12 will work well for you in Forest.  I'm 12 in Inca and 12.5 in Forest loafers.  Style-wise, they're definitely a bit less casual than some, but I think they're still pretty flexible.  I might not wear them as much with jeans, but they'd work great with chinos.  Also they're a crazy steal at that price.


Appreciate the thoughts.  And agreed the price certainly is right.  My wallet is screaming at me right now though...

post #17231 of 18822
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I think if you wear 11.5 in Inca, the 12 will work well for you in Forest.  I'm 12 in Inca and 12.5 in Forest loafers.  Style-wise, they're definitely a bit less casual than some, but I think they're still pretty flexible.  I might not wear them as much with jeans, but they'd work great with chinos.  Also they're a crazy steal at that price.

Agree with all this. I take an 11 in Inca and an 11.5 in Rain and Forest lasts. Consensus always seems to be that Inca last is .5 lower than what you'd take in nearly all the other Carmina lasts.
post #17232 of 18822
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Agree with all this. I take an 11 in Inca and an 11.5 in Rain and Forest lasts. Consensus always seems to be that Inca last is .5 lower than what you'd take in nearly all the other Carmina lasts.


Went ahead and ordered, appreciate everyone's help. 

 

I'll tell the bank to blame Styleforum when I run out of money.

post #17233 of 18822
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Agree with all this. I take an 11 in Inca and an 11.5 in Rain and Forest lasts. Consensus always seems to be that Inca last is .5 lower than what you'd take in nearly all the other Carmina lasts.

 

I think we need to start a new acronym for this forum: YFMV (Your Feet May Vary).

 

I take the same size in both Inca and Rain. Wouldn't even be possible for me to go 1/2 size lower in either.

post #17234 of 18822
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Originally Posted by MBoxer View Post
 

 

I think we need to start a new acronym for this forum: YFMV (Your Feet May Vary).

 

I take the same size in both Inca and Rain. Wouldn't even be possible for me to go 1/2 size lower in either.

 

Agreed, everyone has their own idiosyncrasies.  I need to make an excuse to jet off to NYC and just try on like 20 pairs of shoes and take some notes on fit.  That way I might avoid these situations in the future, at least with Carmina.

 

Skoak's advice was that they would likely be slightly too large.  I went ahead and ordered just to give them a shot considering the value proposition.  If the worst case is paying for return shipping, its not the end of the world.

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Originally Posted by crossfi73 View Post
 

 

Agreed, everyone has their own idiosyncrasies.  I need to make an excuse to jet off to NYC and just try on like 20 pairs of shoes and take some notes on fit.  That way I might avoid these situations in the future, at least with Carmina.

 

Skoak's advice was that they would likely be slightly too large.  I went ahead and ordered just to give them a shot considering the value proposition.  If the worst case is paying for return shipping, its not the end of the world.

 

Oh, heck yeah. At that price it is well worth taking a chance.

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