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Originally Posted by SklounstDraxxer View Post
 

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!

In the US site include the shoe tree. the price is 550 not 620.

post #17987 of 18873
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Originally Posted by moixet View Post
 

In the US site include the shoe tree. the price is 550 not 620.

Thanks! I just heard back from Carmina that this is the case. Would be nice if it actually said that on the website somewhere.

post #17988 of 18873

It does, or at least used to, on their homepage.

post #17989 of 18873
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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?

I have a pair of boots on the forest, but I rarely wear then (very casual), but they fit pretty well, perhaps a bit short in the 10.5UK. I think with the low instep and narrower (than Rain) foot, Simpson may be a good fit for you. Compared to Rain, I feel very comfortable in the toe box, including my aforementioned toe rub issue, which I do not feel at all with the Simpson. I think going a half size larger is a good idea as well. I'll post some pics and measurements later this evening.
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Thanks for the advise!

I am pretty confused about how so many feel about Rain being so comfortable yet for me the Forest fits much better. I usually think if normal width is good to go, wider width shouldn't be an issue at all. But as you said the rub issue in the toe box is my problem about the Rain last.

Almost feels like the rub comes into play because of the extra space.

Looking forward to your pictures 👍
post #17991 of 18873
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Originally Posted by insy View Post

Thanks for the advise!

I am pretty confused about how so many feel about Rain being so comfortable yet for me the Forest fits much better. I usually think if normal width is good to go, wider width shouldn't be an issue at all. But as you said the rub issue in the toe box is my problem about the Rain last.

Almost feels like the rub comes into play because of the extra space.

Looking forward to your pictures 👍

In general, I think the Forest lacks the shape that goes into the others, and is maybe a little more "blobby" (still sleek by American standards), so it ends up accommodating anyone.
post #17992 of 18873
Cross posting from the other Carmina thread as I'm chuffed with my new burgundy Carminas.



More pics on the blog ...
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Wow, Pediwear just raised the prices for their Carminas. From 340Euro to 380Euro or 277GBP to 320GBP. Damnit, was hoping it would go down to 300Euro or so

 

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Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post

Cross posting from the other Carmina thread as I'm chuffed with my new burgundy Carminas.



More pics on the blog ...

 

Beautiful shoes

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I just ordered 14UK Carmina Brown Vegano double monk on Inca last from Carmina.  Unfortunately it seems they are out of 14UK in Inca last.  They have offered to make it on Oscar or Forest last.  I haven't seen either of these in person, anyone who has want to offer an opinion on whether they would be as elegant a shoe?

 

I have two 14UK Rain lasts (Navy wholecut and tan Adelaide) that fit really well.  I'm afraid  Oscar or forest may be a bit small, and there is no larger size option for me...

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UK 14 😳
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Originally Posted by tdiddy23 View Post
 

I just ordered 14UK Carmina Brown Vegano double monk on Inca last from Carmina.  Unfortunately it seems they are out of 14UK in Inca last.  They have offered to make it on Oscar or Forest last.  I haven't seen either of these in person, anyone who has want to offer an opinion on whether they would be as elegant a shoe?

 

I have two 14UK Rain lasts (Navy wholecut and tan Adelaide) that fit really well.  I'm afraid  Oscar or forest may be a bit small, and there is no larger size option for me...

 

Oscar and Forest are both pretty middle of the road in terms of length and width.  Most people take the same size in Oscar, Forest, and Rain, so I wouldn't be too concerned.

 

In terms of looks, here's some examples of what they look like: Oscar, Forest.  They're definitely not as sleek as Inca, but I think that they're both still attractive.  Forest would be a bit sleeker than Oscar.  

 

Also, one thing I would ask about is whether they would include the same finishing as is typically done for Inca.  Shoes built on Inca have some extra touches on the welt and sole, such as a slightly tapered Cuban heel.  This also pushes the price up on Inca shoes a little bit.  I'd ask whether this would be included or not...if not, the price should probably be in line with non-Inca lasted shoes.

post #17997 of 18873
Hell, I can be more helpful than that. Forest on the left, Inca middle, Oscar right.



Edit: Oh, also, Forest and Oscar are in 12.5, Inca is in 12.
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Thanks that's really helpful! Especially the pic. I will ask them about pricing.

I'm thinking the Forest would be ok, but inferior, look for double monk. I think I will wait and see if they ever get last back in stock and instead order another Carmina on my wishlist (suede chukka on Rain or cordovan LWB on Detroit).

Maybe I'd be better off saving up for a Bonafe double monk (they have one last in my size) or EG Westminster.
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X-Post from the Shell Cordovan Thread

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Carmina Cognac Shell Cordovan Double Monks on Inca Last

 

Happy Wednesday! 

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X-Post from the Shell Cordovan Thread

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Carmina Cognac Shell Cordovan Double Monks on Inca Last

 

Happy Wednesday! 

Nice! I got to try on a pair of cordovan double monks in inca recently and absolutely love it. Not so much the price though, haha

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