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EVERY shoemaker has their own "Achilles Heel" regarding certain elements of their business paradigm.  Carmina is no different...

 

If you ask about Vass no one seems to really know how to size them properly and Vass are like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get...

 

EG has had crazy lead times for MTO's and finicky stock supplies in general...

 

G&G are crazy hard to size and expensive as well...

 

Enzo B. also has long lead times for MTO's and nowhere but Skoak really knows what shoes and lasts they are able to make...

 

Allen Edmonds will sometimes make you buy 3 pairs of the same shoe before you get one that is acceptable...but they will love you through that hard process....

 

Alden makes you wait years upon years for rare models and you must know the secret handshake to get them...

 

And Carmina is a family owned private business that has exploded in popularity recently and they seem to still be trying to get their arms around a growing demand...

 

Don't even get me started about Meermin...

 

What I have learned is to just appreciate the strengths of all these great makers and be patient with their querks and weaknesses...as WE ALL have both...

 

Thanks.

post #18137 of 18822
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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

EVERY shoemaker has their own "Achilles Heel" regarding certain elements of their business paradigm.  Carmina is no different...

If you ask about Vass no one seems to really know how to size them properly and Vass are like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get...

EG has had crazy lead times for MTO's and finicky stock supplies in general...

G&G are crazy hard to size and expensive as well...

Enzo B. also has long lead times for MTO's and nowhere but Skoak really knows what shoes and lasts they are able to make...

Allen Edmonds will sometimes make you buy 3 pairs of the same shoe before you get one that is acceptable...but they will love you through that hard process....

Alden makes you wait years upon years for rare models and you must know the secret handshake to get them...

And Carmina is a family owned private business that has exploded in popularity recently and they seem to still be trying to get their arms around a growing demand...

Don't even get me started about Meermin...

What I have learned is to just appreciate the strengths of all these great makers and be patient with their querks and weaknesses...as WE ALL have both...

Thanks.

Well described post. Fully agree.
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You also have to keep in mind that their entire customer service department seems to be Betty.  This may or may not be fair, but I've just gotten the impression that customer service doesn't seem to be a huge priority for Spanish brands, since Meermin hasn't struck me as much better.

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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

EVERY shoemaker has their own "Achilles Heel" regarding certain elements of their business paradigm.  Carmina is no different...

If you ask about Vass no one seems to really know how to size them properly and Vass are like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get...

EG has had crazy lead times for MTO's and finicky stock supplies in general...

G&G are crazy hard to size and expensive as well...

Enzo B. also has long lead times for MTO's and nowhere but Skoak really knows what shoes and lasts they are able to make...

Allen Edmonds will sometimes make you buy 3 pairs of the same shoe before you get one that is acceptable...but they will love you through that hard process....

Alden makes you wait years upon years for rare models and you must know the secret handshake to get them...

And Carmina is a family owned private business that has exploded in popularity recently and they seem to still be trying to get their arms around a growing demand...

Don't even get me started about Meermin...

What I have learned is to just appreciate the strengths of all these great makers and be patient with their querks and weaknesses...as WE ALL have both...

Thanks.

Agree with above. I would say that Carmina sizing can be resolved by visiting a local retailer and that is dependent on location. I also had bad luck returning Carmina shoes paying hefty return shipping fees and waiting for a very long time to get the return processed.

Crockett and Jones could be an exception to this as I feel their handgrade models on sale are value for money and also their Cordovan shoes are great as well. Also, their customer service, quality control and sizing issues is much better compared to some of the other retailers mentioned above.
Just wish that they offer:
1. More chiseled lasts like 373 in more models which has a tight waist as well.
2. More attractive cordovan colors in different styles on chiseled lasts.
Edited by saurabh - 8/5/16 at 3:58pm
post #18140 of 18822
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Originally Posted by Viral View Post

As much as I love my Carminas, there is no excuse for poor service.

They've been consistently notorious for spotty communication and customer service, especially regarding their online store and MTO process.

Luckily I know my size and last preference and can buy online with no issues, but I cannot defend them whenever I hear the horror stories from others. I hope they can address this part of their business so they can truly become a world-class company - they make amazing shoes!

I myself have fallen victim to their poor MTO customer service. Only when I posted a complaint to the SF forum did they actually offer to rectify my issue and offered me a credit for a future purchase. When I went to use it about 6 months later, I found that it had been disabled. My attempts to contact them were fruitless as the contact with whom I had previously dealt did not return my emails. I finally gave up and decided that after 6 pairs of Carminas, they just weren't worth the hassle anymore.
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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post
 

EVERY shoemaker has their own "Achilles Heel" regarding certain elements of their business paradigm.  Carmina is no different...

 

If you ask about Vass no one seems to really know how to size them properly and Vass are like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get...

 

EG has had crazy lead times for MTO's and finicky stock supplies in general...

 

G&G are crazy hard to size and expensive as well...

 

Enzo B. also has long lead times for MTO's and nowhere but Skoak really knows what shoes and lasts they are able to make...

 

Allen Edmonds will sometimes make you buy 3 pairs of the same shoe before you get one that is acceptable...but they will love you through that hard process....

 

Alden makes you wait years upon years for rare models and you must know the secret handshake to get them...

 

And Carmina is a family owned private business that has exploded in popularity recently and they seem to still be trying to get their arms around a growing demand...

 

Don't even get me started about Meermin...

 

What I have learned is to just appreciate the strengths of all these great makers and be patient with their querks and weaknesses...as WE ALL have both...

 

Thanks.


On point as usual, Watchy. I will say, though, that SoleGarb has a pretty darn good handle on creating custom makeups with Bonafe for their customers. Maybe not as well known because they're not a forum affiliate, but they have and are continuing to develop new models with a bunch of exclusive leathers - check out the Zug Balway: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIncqpejXyo/?taken-by=solegarb

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Originally Posted by wklq76a View Post
 


On point as usual, Watchy. I will say, though, that SoleGarb has a pretty darn good handle on creating custom makeups with Bonafe for their customers. Maybe not as well known because they're not a forum affiliate, but they have and are continuing to develop new models with a bunch of exclusive leathers - check out the Zug Balway: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIncqpejXyo/?taken-by=solegarb

 

Thanks my Friend.

 

Lorenzo is really an incredible guy.  I need to order a pair from him.

 

I enjoy talking to retailers who enjoy shoes as much as I do.  Ron Rider is another example that comes to mind.

 

Did you know that Lorenzo makes handmade leather goods himself?  His belts and briefcases look amazing.

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post
 

 

Thanks my Friend.

 

Lorenzo is really an incredible guy.  I need to order a pair from him.

 

I enjoy talking to retailers who enjoy shoes as much as I do.  Ron Rider is another example that comes to mind.

 

Did you know that Lorenzo makes handmade leather goods himself?  His belts and briefcases look amazing.

 

Thanks.


Indeed I do! I won't derail this thread any further after this comment, but I had Lorenzo stitch me a whiskey (Italian) shell belt. It's positively sublime.

 

And yes -- I've had the pleasure to talk to Mr. Rider as well. Agreed that he's yet another exemplary retailer.

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Their ig updated, seems back from holiday?
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Happy Sunday!

post #18146 of 18822
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Originally Posted by galileo View Post

Their ig updated, seems back from holiday?

I havent noticed anything?!

Does anyone know whether its worth it to visit Carminas factory? Do they have their own shop there? Or in general, anything else remarkable clothes-wise in Mallorca?
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Their latest post posted 2days ago:
https://instagram.com/p/BIx0a-Ajn17/
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Those are the GYW pre order I believe.  Nice model actually.

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Originally Posted by galileo View Post

Their latest post posted 2days ago:
https://instagram.com/p/BIx0a-Ajn17/

Ha, im too oldschool, didn't even know what ig meant. Just checked their site ūüėä

Their automated email says they are on holidays until August, 16th.
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Ha, im too oldschool, didn't even know what ig meant. Just checked their site ūüėä

Their automated email says they are on holidays until August, 16th.

Oops so I would get my Bourbon shell derby at Sep then...
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