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Well this is my experience; In 2005 I bought a pair of Carmina calf that costed me 310 € and a pair of Carmina shell that cost me 490 €.  Same shoes cost us now 385 € and 690 €.  I am comparing shell Vs. calf price increase.

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Shell is amazing when it comes to taking punishment and bouncing back...My daughter put a 3 inch scratch right on the toe of  my EG Newmarkets in calf ....and I can't work the F'ing thing out to save my life...had they been shell a bit of time with a deer bone/spoon and brush would have worked it right out....and despite the difference in opinion on the matter...shell is most often my go to for  rain and poor weather.

I am one of those too that wear shell for bad weather or in poor conditions, even with leather soles.

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Well this is my experience; In 2005 I bought a pair of Carmina calf that costed me 310 € and a pair of Carmina shell that cost me 490 €.  Same shoes cost us now 385 € and 690 €.  I am comparing shell Vs. calf price increase.


Yikes....but still... only a 200 euro increase over 11 years...and the price is pretty close to what Alden is demanding...but indeed...the increase is still more than twice the increase of calf...but....Is this not more of a Carmina "growing into themselves" thing? We've see a lot of price fluctuations from these guys as they have grown from a small family business to a large unorganized family business that is new(er) to the international market. In Feb 2015 I paid 400 Euros for a pair of Carmina shell double monks and a shell perf. cap-toe bal....and  250 Euros for a few pair of calf (both on sale of course).

 

Alden & AE calf have gone up proportionately to their shell if I'm not mistaken. .


Edited by justonemore - 5/19/16 at 5:25am
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What shoe is this? Looks great! Mto?
Thanks! It's the 10080 in cognac shell on the Simpson. It was in the outlet for awhile, and I couldn't stand not owning it after a couple weeks.

I also bought shoe trees, and I'm sure this is old hat to most of you, but wow! They fit the shoe so much better than AE trees do. At 2-3 times the price, but considering they're included in the price of non-outlet purchases, Carmina becomes a troublingly value-laden purchase. Not to mention the nicer shoe bags.
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Thanks my friend.

 

Here is one of my more recent acquisitions:

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Exotic?  Yes.

 

Expensive?  Yes.

 

Exquisite?  Absolutely, Yes.

 

These are one of my all time favorites.  And to think that some dear chap had them collecting dust in his closet...

 

It is also interesting to note that I recently went through a period whereby I became a bit disenchanted with my shoes and boots.  After much reflection, I concluded that I felt a certain sense of fulfillment and completion.  This was due, in part, to my having procured some of the rarest and most beautiful designs that are available.

 

So now, I am just patiently gathering together some of the most rare and fascinating shell cordovan boots and shoes that I can find.

 

I really enjoy the ability to custom design my own models based upon my own conceptions. 

 

Thanks.

 

 

You have to watch out for watchman...He's one of those silent collectors that probably has more shoes than even the hardest of the hard core collectors here....:cheers:...

 

Nice boots by the way my friend....We should put together a little groups photo thread just to see exactly how amazing some of these collections are....

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Hi,

I tried a pair of Inca on a 9.5 uk but with thick socks and they fitted perfectly. Shall I go down a notch if I want to wear these shoes with thin socks ? What size should I take for an inca ?
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You have to watch out for watchman...He's one of those silent collectors that probably has more shoes than even the hardest of the hard core collectors here....cheers.gif ...

Nice boots by the way my friend....We should put together a little groups photo thread just to see exactly how amazing some of these collections are....

He also seems to do a fair amount of catch and release, so I think his rotation will probably be pared down to only the most awesome pairs.

Yes, let's see a family collection photo smile.gif

Or slideshow.
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Thanks! It's the 10080 in cognac shell on the Simpson. It was in the outlet for awhile, and I couldn't stand not owning it after a couple weeks.

I also bought shoe trees, and I'm sure this is old hat to most of you, but wow! They fit the shoe so much better than AE trees do. At 2-3 times the price, but considering they're included in the price of non-outlet purchases, Carmina becomes a troublingly value-laden purchase. Not to mention the nicer shoe bags.

<Nervously checks the outlet page...whew! Nothing in my size>

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@peppercorn78 

 

@justonemore 

 

Thanks Gentlemen.

 

Perhaps the greatest benefit of my sartorial exploits is the privilege of conversing with like-minded men all over the world such as yourselves.

 

I feel a certain sense of responsibility to; "Catch Up" on my posts.  I had been overwhelmed with work until only very recently.

 

Thanks. 

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Except since trees aren't included in outlet pairs, it's really only $25 off, so I might as well buy new styles, right? Been eyeing those ruby Simpsons for a minute...
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X-Post from a bunch of other threads:

 

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Happy Sunday!

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Is anyone interested in particpating in this GMTO --- Steve from GentlemensFootwear. We already have 4 people that are interested, just need two more

- Frankenstitch Jumper Boots
- Oscar Last
- Sole: TBA (Dainite? Commando?)
- Natural Kudu (pictured below)


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Late night in the conference room

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Late night in the conference room


Lovely shoes....but had I been there you still would have earned a lecture from me about putting them on the table. 😑...and can you imagine how well a pair of socks would hide those hairy ankles? 😉😉
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Loafers with socks is up there with khaki chinos at the top of my do-not-wear list. While some people wear them well, they are so firmly associated with the worst of business casual in my mind that I can never wear them again.

But loafers without socks just means summer.
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