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What kind of calf you mean?. Softer?. Please read post of @DavidLane
.  Its a 2º grade of calf leather, that is all about..

So is this considered a defect? Should I contact carmina?
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Pretty much what you just said


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I would not base my decision on that.  I'd just buy what style I liked aesthetically and is also practically obtainable.

Agree with this - and also whichever last fits you best.
post #17388 of 18878
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So is this considered a defect? Should I contact carmina?

Its not a defect that Carmina has caused, and it happens on 100% of hides from every tannery.

 

Basically wherever the animal had movement or excess fat there will be some crocking. I would not worry about it. Leather is a natural product and will have variation from hide to hide. 

 

Places like Lobb charge more because they cut around those parts of the hide causing more waste which the consumer covers in the cost of the shoes. 

 

While Carmina is not a discount brand, they will most likely use the full hide (with some exceptions). Alden is in the same category and quality. I have some boots in Chromexcel via Horween from Alden that have crocking. 

 

DL-

post #17389 of 18878
Very helpful explanation, thanks for your comments!
post #17390 of 18878
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So is this considered a defect? Should I contact carmina?

Do not worry, wear them in good health.

post #17391 of 18878
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Originally Posted by Mehran View Post
 

I am considering buying my first pair of shell.  I've done some reading and found out that Alden shell has that high gloss sheen whereas Carmina shell tends to have a more subdued and subtle shell.  I was wondering if anyone who has both could do a comparison!

 

In my view Carmina does very little with the shell (if anything) as it left Horween which in some cases will lead to it looking slightly more subdued. Lets for now leave out that Carmina seems to dye shell to some extent into their various colors. Alden on the other hand typically threat the shell heavily to really get a consistent look IMO and hence it's perhaps looking way differently both from the general depth and also from shine point of view. Comparing #8 today between Carmina and Alden to me is like two completely different colors where Alden's development recently has taken them into extremely dark shell with burgundy tones while Carmina is way lighter and more in my view to the original #8. 

 

End of the day it comes to your personal preferences. In my view Carmina's "inconsistency" given their usage of shells as they left Horween is part of the charm of it. Personally i find especially Alden's #8 to have a to treated appearance. Alden's shell obviously comes with some advantages in my view also. I find the resistance to water spots being superior to Carmina's and then i find Carmina's inability to offer anything but cognac and burgundy (with occational batches of ruby, green and navy) a bit annoying. Even if, as earlier stated, the inconsistency of cognac gives some variation it´s a bit of a gamble and i'd really like Carmina to step up their game a bit and offer other colors. 

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Breaking out the Carmina String Loafers as the weather gets warm in Northern California!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice!  The temperature randomly dipped today in NYC!

 

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Breaking out the Carmina String Loafers as the weather gets warm in Northern California!

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Breaking out the Carmina String Loafers as the weather gets warm in Northern California!

 

 

Very nice; enjoy them they are my favorite Carmina's for traveling !

post #17395 of 18878
I was just wondering which style of shoes and last do you think is Carmina iconic choice?

For example many say Edwards Green iconic is the Dover.
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I was just wondering which style of shoes and last do you think is Carmina iconic choice?

For example many say Edwards Green iconic is the Dover.
shell cordovan frankenstitch jumper boot
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I was just wondering which style of shoes and last do you think is Carmina iconic choice?

For example many say Edwards Green iconic is the Dover.

I'm not sure Carmina has an iconic model. If they do I can't think of it.
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I was just wondering which style of shoes and last do you think is Carmina iconic choice?

For example many say Edwards Green iconic is the Dover.

 

I don't think there is a singular iconic model, but when I think Carmina their jumper boot is what springs to mind first, FWIW.

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I don't think there is a singular iconic model, but when I think Carmina their jumper boot is what springs to mind first, FWIW.
I think it depends a lot on climate. For me the models I associated with them at first were oxfords and especially the tie loafers. They have a great range and I have rarely seen a model that I wouldn't have in my feet given unlimited spending power. That versatility might be what's iconic about them (as well as the price point).
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May be you could add the Rubi shell Oxford. 

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