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First of all, what an awesome thread, and as you guys can see I'm new in the forum. Now business, I am wondering how do Carmina's shoes run. On Salvatore Ferragamo and Allen Edmonds I'm a 7.5 (US sizing) would carmina's run the same? Smaller? How about the width there I'm regular size. Thanks on advance for your help and time.

 

Best regards;

arepaberry.

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Just received my first pair of Carmina shoes in the mail (Via the Armoury)

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  • Carmina Robert 748 Punched Captoe Derby - Tan Cordovan




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I love the color.  Lighter than Alden cigar.  Like Milk Chocolate.

Will probably just drool over these for a while before actually wearing them.

Such a nice change for shell lovers after all that endless Alden/AE crap.
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Originally Posted by arepaberry View Post
 

First of all, what an awesome thread, and as you guys can see I'm new in the forum. Now business, I am wondering how do Carmina's shoes run. On Salvatore Ferragamo and Allen Edmonds I'm a 7.5 (US sizing) would carmina's run the same? Smaller? How about the width there I'm regular size. Thanks on advance for your help and time.

 

Best regards;

arepaberry.

Check out the Official Carmina Sizing Thread.  It will depend on the last, but you should be able to find your answer there without much effort.

 

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Such a nice change for shell lovers after all that endless Alden/AE crap.

Thank you.  Agree with your sentiment.

 

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What kind of Blazer is this. Haven't seen this before.

Wrong thread, Perhaps?  It appears as though it might be a Harry Rosen Polo by Ralph Lauren Blazer.  I like it, based on what I can see in the pic you posted.

 

Also, see here:

http://www.harryrosen.com/about

post #6949 of 10332

After showing this thread to my wife she said that we're worse than women about shoes.

 

I take that as a compliment.

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After showing this thread to my wife she said that we're worse than women about shoes.

 

I take that as a compliment.

As married guy of 15 years, I can appreciate this.  However, I would never admit to my wife that I read this stuff.  :cheers:

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My wife is merciless with me about how much time I spend reading this stuff. The last thing she says before leaving me alone with the iPad is, "Don't buy anything." I may nod and smile, but I rarely answer outloud, 'cause, well, you never know what you might find!

We are planning a trip in about a year to Barcelona. Are Carminas substantially cheaper on Mallorca? How about in Spain in general?
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unless they are on sale, i would say they are slightly more expensive but you can always get vat refunded at airport. however, instead of the 20% vat reduction im accustomed to, carmina barcelona only quoted be vat reduction of 13%. adds up on a 500 euro boot
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Thanks, Namor!
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The above boot in the below color scheme (burgundy calf, tan grain, snuff? suede):



 



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That boot is like Wow! Robert last would get my vote.

That's a hell of a boot.
post #6955 of 10332
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Thanks!

Also, I like to break them in on carpet first so that the toe doesn't wear excessively while the shoe is still stiff, and its hard to find the time to march around the house in a new pair of shoes.

Does this really work, reducing creasing? Theory?
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It's not for reducing creasing, it is to save the toe part of the leather sole from wear as the sole is broken in.
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It's not for reducing creasing, it is to save the toe part of the leather sole from wear as the sole is broken in.


This.  Particularly helpful if you are breaking in a shoe with a double leather sole.

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This.  Particularly helpful if you are breaking in a shoe with a double leather sole.


Is this because you're putting more pressure on the toe area to "bend" the sole as you walk, given that it is stiffer, especially with the double leather sole? Does it really make a big difference?

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My wife is merciless with me about how much time I spend reading this stuff. The last thing she says before leaving me alone with the iPad is, "Don't buy anything." I may nod and smile, but I rarely answer outloud, 'cause, well, you never know what you might find!

We are planning a trip in about a year to Barcelona. Are Carminas substantially cheaper on Mallorca? How about in Spain in general?


No, was just in Barcelona. The shoes were nice to see in person and they had a couple new models I'd never seen before. Despite going there with the intention to purchase, I ended up leaving empty handed. Also depends on the exchange rate at the time.

 

NAMOR I think that is the Spanish VAT rate. 20% is England and a few other countries. My meals there all had a similar VAT.

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Is this because you're putting more pressure on the toe area to "bend" the sole as you walk, given that it is stiffer, especially with the double leather sole? Does it really make a big difference?

 

Yes. I think it is because the new double sole is very stiff, and doesn't flex as much with each step - so you are rolling off the tip of the toe with more pressure than you would with broken-in pair.  This can create advanced wear at the toe during break-in if you are rocking that new pair on pavement, all day, straight away.

 

It makes enough of a difference to me that I try to break in a new pair with a few, progressively longer, indoor wearings before hitting the pavement.  Particularly if the shoes have double soles (which I also prefer). 

 

It's less of a concern if you have metal toe taps or install Topys.

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