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From Quality Footwear  of the Netherlands, on sale, under $300 US with free shipping, can't beat that! Rain last

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Can anyone tell me how well the Carmina trees fit the Simpson last? They ain't cheap, and so unless there's some magic to the fit, I don't think I'll bother (am about to order via Skoak)...
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

Can anyone tell me how well the Carmina trees fit the Simpson last? They ain't cheap, and so unless there's some magic to the fit, I don't think I'll bother (am about to order via Skoak)...

I find them pushing out the creases better than an unbranded cedar shoetree.
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

Can anyone tell me how well the Carmina trees fit the Simpson last? They ain't cheap, and so unless there's some magic to the fit, I don't think I'll bother (am about to order via Skoak)...

If you can find the same or similar shoe on Carmina's website I suggest ordering from them. Carmina provides free shoe trees with purchase of full priced shoes to the US.
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

Can anyone tell me how well the Carmina trees fit the Simpson last? They ain't cheap, and so unless there's some magic to the fit, I don't think I'll bother (am about to order via Skoak)...

They will stuff the vamp area and push the crease, and a bit stretching the heel, they seems fits better with Rain last design.

So I'm now using UK6 trees for UK7 Simpson.

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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...

The dub monk on inca is one of Carmina's signature shoes, whereas the Oscar and forest lasts are much less distinctive...so you might lose that if its one of the reasons you initially placed the order.

Couldn't they make it on rain? It seems really odd they would even make it on Oscar, which is round and looks good on more robust styles..
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Received the Norwegian Suede on Forest today. Jesus Christ they look and feel so amazing, the leather is very soft. I complained about their Loafers using too hard leather, well on the Norwegian its perfect.

 

Can anyone explain why the lacing is that different between the shoes in the picture? Both are Forest, both are Norwegian style.

 

Other than that, does it make sense to offer anything for sale on this forum for someone living in Europe? I mean shipping to the US is pretty tough given taxes.

 

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Received the Norwegian Suede on Forest today. Jesus Christ they look and feel so amazing, the leather is very soft. I complained about their Loafers using too hard leather, well on the Norwegian its perfect.

Can anyone explain why the lacing is that different between the shoes in the picture? Both are Forest, both are Norwegian style.

Other than that, does it make sense to offer anything for sale on this forum for someone living in Europe? I mean shipping to the US is pretty tough given taxes.


The Norwegian grain on the left is really growing on me. Really like the look of those shoes.
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The Norwegian grain on the left is really growing on me. Really like the look of those shoes.

 

Yeah, I've been wanting to do a light tan split toe for awhile...I think it would look great in hatch grain.

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Originally Posted by galileo View Post

They will stuff the vamp area and push the crease, and a bit stretching the heel, they seems fits better with Rain last design.
So I'm now using UK6 trees for UK7 Simpson.

Thanks mate. I usually use Florsheim 3-piece cedar trees, they are sitting very well in my Deia last boots, which have a similarly narrow toe...
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Thanks mate. I usually use Florsheim 3-piece cedar trees, they are sitting very well in my Deia last boots, which have a similarly narrow toe...

I use Allen Edmonds shoe trees for the Simpson last as they are narrowly pointy, fit great. 

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Took inventory of my Carminas the other day. All on the Rain last. I've got one more pair of wholecut chelseas on vision suede on their way from the reddit GMTO.

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Originally Posted by insy View Post
 

Received the Norwegian Suede on Forest today. Jesus Christ they look and feel so amazing, the leather is very soft. I complained about their Loafers using too hard leather, well on the Norwegian its perfect.

 

Can anyone explain why the lacing is that different between the shoes in the picture? Both are Forest, both are Norwegian style.

 

Other than that, does it make sense to offer anything for sale on this forum for someone living in Europe? I mean shipping to the US is pretty tough given taxes.

 

The patterns are different. Left is a split toe blucher, and right is a split toe derby. Since they're slightly different models, the patterns will be graded differently. Also notice the difference in the split toes.

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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.


Interestingly I find the Forest to be sleeker than the Simpson by virtue of its more rounded toe. It reminds me of a more shapely JL 7000 haha. 

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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

Can anyone tell me how well the Carmina trees fit the Simpson last? They ain't cheap, and so unless there's some magic to the fit, I don't think I'll bother (am about to order via Skoak)...


Generally the fit is good. They are certainly not lasted trees but I went a half size down as Carmina doesn't offer half size in trees. 

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