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Originally Posted by tjyoung View Post
 

Alright y'all. After looking at so many great Carmina's for a while, and with the Euro where it currently stands vs. the USD, it's time to purchase my first pair.

 

Long-time Allen Edmonds buyer here. Some quick bullets on my sizing:

 

  • All of my shoes are 11B
  • Some fit snug (5-last Strand and Strawfut, probably could have gone 11C)
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I am a snug 11D in AE 5 last and snug (but in a nicer way) Simpson in 10UK. 

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Originally Posted by Pollit View Post
 

How would you compare Caarmina cordovan to Alden´s?

Its the same Cordovan, as in it is Horween Shell Cordovan. So the leather quality is the same and preference is only a matter opinion. The only difference is in the finish. Alden applies an acrylic finish which kinda gives their Cordovan a glossier sheen. I feel that Carmina's finish is closer in finish to C&J, generally not as glossy, so more satin.  In term of coloring the equivalent colors are slightly different. Alden's #8 is generally more of a dark eggplant tone while Carmina's burgundy tends to be truer to burgundy, like a wine glass held to the light. Alden's Cigar is generally darker and more olive than Carmina's Cognac which is more of walnut color (closer to Alden Ravello in tone but not in redness). Carmina's Saddle tends to be a little paler than the Alden's Whisky which I feel has a honey undertone.  I can't really notice a difference in the Navy or Black because I haven't compared them side by side, though I can say that I really appreciate Carmina's Navy. I would assume that Alden's black and Navy are glossier. Carmina also offers a Ruby Cordovan which is a rather bright candy reddish color.  Despite, all my observations I feel that Shell Cordovan will be Shell Cordovan, that is say, the hides can vary greatly in appearance. I own #8 shoe form Alden that are a dark eggplant color and some that look like red. I also own a pair of cigars that look Ravello. Personally, I love the variations found in Cordovan and other vegetable tanned leather. Go figure . . . 

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Great response. The only thing I can add, in my experience, Alden cordovan tend to creases more and quicker than Carmina. I have a pair of Aldens that developed permanent creases after taking 5 steps. My Carminas on the other hand are much more crease resistant. I have a pair of boots worn several times that barely show creasing. They do develop the rolls but not nearly as severely or as quickly as Aldens.

See my photos

Aldens maiden voyage

 

Carmina after 5 wears

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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post
 

I bought some lasted shoe trees with my recent Carmina purchase and have a question.  All of my other shoe trees are Cedar and have a rough finish but the Carmina trees do not seem to be Cedar and have almost a sheen to them.  Is this an issue for the trees and could have an adverse impact on the shoes?  

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But they're just as effective as "naked" cedar trees?

 

I think the Carmina trees are actually made of oak, not cedar.  Since they aren't cedar, which is used for is moisture absorbing properties, it doesn't really matter that they are finished, since oak does not absorb moisture at nearly the rate that cedar does.  However, there is a hole bored in the front portion of the tree and the bottom is shaped in such a way that it allows moisture to escape through that hole.  They aren't lasted, just size specific.  I can't say for sure if this design is superior to using cedar instead, but the certainly shouldn't harm the shoe.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Sandwich View Post
 

I can't really notice a difference in the Navy or Black because I haven't compared them side by side, though I can say that I really appreciate Carmina's Navy. 

I didn't realize that Alden makes shoes in Navy shell cordovan, but it has been a while since I stopped following them.

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They don't
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looks like free shipping is gone. it's not on the site anymore. 

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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post
 

looks like free shipping is gone. it's not on the site anymore. 


The logo for free shipping is gone but the system still work.

 

I tried check out with shoes over 250EUR, no shipping applies. I got 50 EUR shipping fee(live in Southeast Asia) when i tried checking out with shoes on the sales page with value under 250EUR.

 

Shame I can't buy any as the two last that fits me are Simpson/Alcudia 8.5UK. I don't really dig the single monkstrap available though.

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