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I just tried on an 8.5uk in simpson and it's probably too big. i think i'm going to return and get a size 8uk, which is also the size i would take for rain (which is too big in the heel for me).

Any good way for folks in the states (southern California, for me) to try on Carminas before committing to buy?

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Any good way for folks in the states (southern California, for me) to try on Carminas before committing to buy?

Steve at Gentlemen's Footwear in San Diego. Great guy
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Any good way for folks in the states (southern California, for me) to try on Carminas before committing to buy?

 

Yes. Visit Gentlemen's footwear in San Diego. It'll be worth the trip.

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Thanks!

 

Also, does anyone have any insight into the "tanned vegano" color of the 80251s on the Inca last? I had thought vegano referred to the type of leather; if so, does that mean that this color is simply "tan"?

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Thanks!

Also, does anyone have any insight into the "tanned vegano" color of the 80251s on the Inca last? I had thought vegano referred to the type of leather; if so, does that mean that this color is simply "tan"?

Just regular tan. Steve at GF has some split toes made of the same leather so you can get a visualization of the color.
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Steve at Gentlemen's Footwear in San Diego. Great guy

A trip to the Whale's V may be in the offing.

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Thank you Skoaktiebolaget for the great customer service, great advices and fast shipping. My first Carmina's, burgundy quarter brogues in Simpson last.

 

 

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Any good way for folks in the states (southern California, for me) to try on Carminas before committing to buy?

 

Lucky you, you've got the best in your backyard!  Go see @steveyoo1983 at Gentlemens Footwear

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A trip to the Whale's V may be in the offing.

(E)ric you killed a guy. Might want to lay low for awhile.
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That's a crazy awesome selection of shoes!

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Does anyone else has issues with the Loafers when wearing them without socks? I have two of them on the Uetam last. They do fit very well but the leather is just very hard. I actually wish Carmina would use much softer leather for the Loafers, which you obviously gonna wear without socks most of the time anyway. There is actually no reason to have as strong of a leather in the winter compared to the Fall or Winter?! I kind of miss my Magnanni loafer, which had clearly worse quality but was super comfortable.

 

My first guess would be that it just takes more time for the hard/strong leather to get used to my feet?! If not, is there any way I can make it softer?

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Nope I had the same problem and I stop wearing them.
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Does anyone else has issues with the Loafers when wearing them without socks? I have two of them on the Uetam last. They do fit very well but the leather is just very hard. I actually wish Carmina would use much softer leather for the Loafers, which you obviously gonna wear without socks most of the time anyway. There is actually no reason to have as strong of a leather in the winter compared to the Fall or Winter?! I kind of miss my Magnanni loafer, which had clearly worse quality but was super comfortable.

 

My first guess would be that it just takes more time for the hard/strong leather to get used to my feet?! If not, is there any way I can make it softer?

 

What leather are your loafers? In my experience the Uetam last is also very low instep, narrow, and snug. My feet aren't ideal for the Uetam last because of the instep. Once I had them stretched at the instep and some more stretching at home, the rest of the leather broke in very nicely. It's now my favorite loafer. 

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The leather is suede. They do fit fine, I have more trouble with the Rain last given its narrow area around the toe. Forest also works almost perfect for me, which has a low instep as well.

As said I think the problem arises mostly while walking given its hard leather. I will give it another try and see how it goes, might have to wear them with socks only or sell both pairs frown.gif

as for streching, my local shoemaker actually said he cannot do it around the instep area?
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Usually people go half a size up on the Simpson last. 

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