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These split toe monks are getting lots of wear during the summer.



 

That split toe single monk is pretty iconic if you ask me. Looks great!

post #17972 of 18861
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I have a high instep, and the Rain last fits me pretty well. The same size as Rain in the Inca last fits well length & width-wise, but is too tight in the instep (had to get them stretched).

Has anyone with a high instep try sizing up 1/2 size for the Simpson last, or will the Simpson last just not work at all for those with high insteps?


I don't have a particularly high instep and did size up 1/2 for the Simpson relative to the Inca and Soller. Nonetheless I would say that the Simpson last is not the most suitable for those with high instep given the overall narrowness of the last; it is Carmina's most narrow last. 

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I don't have a particularly high instep and did size up 1/2 for the Simpson relative to the Inca and Soller. Nonetheless I would say that the Simpson last is not the most suitable for those with high instep given the overall narrowness of the last; it is Carmina's most narrow last. 

 

Appreciate the response, thank you!

post #17974 of 18861
I had been keeping an eye out for some black cap toes that offer something beyond the standard drab business shoe. Patience has been rewarded.



Excellent product and service from Carmina and Skoak.
post #17975 of 18861
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Originally Posted by LeatherFoot View Post


I don't have a particularly high instep and did size up 1/2 for the Simpson relative to the Inca and Soller. Nonetheless I would say that the Simpson last is not the most suitable for those with high instep given the overall narrowness of the last; it is Carmina's most narrow last. 

I have only tried the soller last from Carmina, and it fits me well for the most part. I only have a small issue where there is some minor friction the the top of my big toes... The shoes arent too small and its more of a discomfort rather than a pain.
Has anyone had a similar issue? How do the other lasts (simpson, inca, rain and forest) compare in terms of toebox height?
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I have only tried the soller last from Carmina, and it fits me well for the most part. I only have a small issue where there is some minor friction the the top of my big toes... The shoes arent too small and its more of a discomfort rather than a pain.
Has anyone had a similar issue? How do the other lasts (simpson, inca, rain and forest) compare in terms of toebox height?


Personally I find Inca and Soller to have more room in the toe box compared to the Simpson both in height and width; the Simpson required some extensive breaking in for me and still isn't as comfortable as the Inca or Soller out of the box. 

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I had been keeping an eye out for some black cap toes that offer something beyond the standard drab business shoe. Patience has been rewarded.



Excellent product and service from Carmina and Skoak.

Adelaide? Cant find it on their site
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Thank you all, knappabn pleaee let me know what you think once you get your Simpson last pair.

I finally got around to wearing my 11UK Simpson lasted austerity brogues, and compared to my 10.5UK rain lasted shoes, I love them. They don't feel as narrow, for some reason, as I anticipated. I feel as though the length is similar, and the fit in the heel is the same. Overall, the Rain 10.5 fits me well, but the 11 Simpson fits me great. My toes splay a bit, so with the Rain I get a tiny bit of rub on my small toe, and I do not experience that in the Simpson last.
post #17981 of 18861
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Originally Posted by knappabn View Post

I finally got around to wearing my 11UK Simpson lasted austerity brogues, and compared to my 10.5UK rain lasted shoes, I love them. They don't feel as narrow, for some reason, as I anticipated. I feel as though the length is similar, and the fit in the heel is the same. Overall, the Rain 10.5 fits me well, but the 11 Simpson fits me great. My toes splay a bit, so with the Rain I get a tiny bit of rub on my small toe, and I do not experience that in the Simpson last.

Have you tried Forest? I wonder if I should give Simpson a go as well. I have s low instep and the Rain is actually to wide for me.

What I worry about is the toe box of the simpson, is there enough space?
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Hi all! Strongly considering pulling the trigger on my first pair of Goodyear welts, the Carmina 80251 semi-brogue oxfords on the Inca last. I have a few questions about ordering off of Carmina's U.S. website that I'm hoping people can help me answer:

 

1. Will the transaction be deemed a "foreign transaction" by my credit card? If so, I need to make sure to use a specific card that waives the foreign transaction fee.

2. Are the Carmina $70 shoe trees worth it? If not, can anyone recommend a good alternative?

3. $50 for metal toe caps from the factory seems like a lot. Are these worth it?

4. On Carmina's EU website, this particular shoe plus metal toe caps and shoe trees runs a total of $585 USD, but on the U.S. website the total is $620. Can anyone comment on the difference?

 

Thanks all!

post #17983 of 18861
I ordered the shoe trees with my Forest Oxfords and they fit fantastic. So I thought its a good idea to order a few more even though I knew they are standard and not lasted shoe trees.

So far I can tell they fit very poorly for my Rain Chukkas as well as the Uetam Monk and Loafer.

As for the Metal Toe Caps, I would snap take them. My local shoemaker said he wont be able to get it done the way Carmina does it within the factory and you really need them to protect the leather sole.

Nowadays I prefer straight rubber soles though, leather is such pain in the ass if you gotta walk through a park once in a while.
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@SklounstDraxxer 

I live in NYC so I use B. Nelson to install the metal toe taps. I don't have the factory installed ones from Carmina to compare with but its a flush mounted toe tap so I don't see any reason why there would be a major difference. B. Nelson charges about $35 for the job and I never waited for more than a week to get the shoes back. Moderately satisfied with the services, if you want to save that $15 you look into it. (Not sure what the shipping cost is, and at what point you'll be willing to just fork over the extra amount to not have to deal with the hassle of shipping your shoes)

Is it worth it? I'm not sure about your gait affects the wear of the leather but for me the toes tend to wear out long before the sole is in need of replacing, so for me metal toe taps are pretty much essential else I'll have to have my shoes resoled every 6 months even with 1-2 wears a week. 

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@SklounstDraxxer 

I live in NYC so I use B. Nelson to install the metal toe taps. I don't have the factory installed ones from Carmina to compare with but its a flush mounted toe tap so I don't see any reason why there would be a major difference. B. Nelson charges about $35 for the job and I never waited for more than a week to get the shoes back. Moderately satisfied with the services, if you want to save that $15 you look into it. (Not sure what the shipping cost is, and at what point you'll be willing to just fork over the extra amount to not have to deal with the hassle of shipping your shoes)

Is it worth it? I'm not sure about your gait affects the wear of the leather but for me the toes tend to wear out long before the sole is in need of replacing, so for me metal toe taps are pretty much essential else I'll have to have my shoes resoled every 6 months even with 1-2 wears a week. 

Thanks! Sorry, I should have clarified my question: I completely agree metal toe caps (and, of course, preferably flush-mounted) are worth it, I was just wondering if Carmina-installed ones at $50 was worth it. Because I figured a local cobbler could definitely do it for cheaper.

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