No you aren't crazy. It really is pretty cheap, all things considered. And if the Euro would just go ahead an collapse to something like .50 on the dollar...
I have two experiences with the web store and if you know your size and there's a style you like, then it's a very painless way to have Carminas at your door in less than a week (in my case). If anything, it's a damn good thing they have relatively limited sizes in most styles or I might end up having to add the DHL guy to my holiday card list.
I don't understand why they don't have more models on their Rain last, one of the most popular, available.
My thoughts exactly. It just seemed strange when you consider that places like Epaulet and the Armoury sell theirs for a minimum of $500-550 before shipping.
I'd say you don't tend to see the exact same versions on the Carmina site as you see from, for example, Epaulet and The Armoury. So there's that exclusivity. Then I'd say there's also the difference between selling your own products directly over the web and being a retailer that needs to mark up a product. Honestly, my opinion is that Carminas are worth what the retailers charge, and they are simply an even better value if there's one you like online.
Robert last. How does it fit? Size down one size? Or just half size. I've read a few pages online but I'm seeing conflicting advice
I'd like to know too. Robert seems to fall on the narrower end of things, from everything I've read, and I'm wondering how it would work for me. Same size as Forest or would I need to go up .5 to get the width.
Also found some bits from armoury. they describe the captoe shoe:
Robert last Oxford has a raised toe box and soft pointed dimensions to make it feel like a shoe your grandfather might have worn, were he English with beautiful taste. Slightly fuller at the toe box and across the vamp, with less an exaggerated chisel than the Simpson, it is a great true fit - neither modern nor outdated.