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post #1 of 105
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I just returned from a trip to Spain and had the pleasure of visiting both of the Carmina stores in Barcelona and Madrid. The staff in Barcelona was very gracious and accommodating. Not only did the Barcelona store keep e-mail contact prior to my visit, answering questions and doing their best to ensure they would have the sizes of the shoes I was interested in at the store, they also readily agreed to send the shoes I purchased ahead to Madrid, which was the last city I visited during my trip. That way, I could pick up the shoes, along with any shoes I purchased in Madrid (due to size or style limitations in Barcelona), carefully packaged and ready to be checked-in for my flight back home. Paying an extra 35 euros for the check-in was significantly cheaper than having the store ship the shoes to my home address. The gentlemen in Madrid were just as nice and helpful.

I am quite impressed by the overall leather and construction. While I'm no expert, I am certainly more impressed by Carmina over C&Js (both handgrades and benchgrades).

Below are a few pics of my visit and the damage. Enjoy.

Barcelona Store:
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Inventory of shoes on sliding shelves:
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Models:
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Shelf of shell for you fans of shell:
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Madrid (on Claudio Coello):
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Shoes I purchased:
Group Shot:
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Shell Wingtips in Bordeaux, Rain last:
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Split Toes in a single monk and derby, both on the Simpson last. The derbies are a shade darker:
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Calf Wingtips, Rain last. A last minute purchase decision to replace my fairly beat up C&Js Cliffords:
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Suede Chelsea Boots in brown suede, Simpson last:
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post #2 of 105
Nice pictures! I like the door handle. The shop in Paris does not have that.

I bet the sales staff is Japanese. The two Japanese staff in Paris shop told me that their shoes cost twice as much in Japan.
post #3 of 105
thanks for the pics - looks like you had some good shopping
post #4 of 105
if, i had to go RTW, this would be my first choice.

i like the chelseas a lot.
post #5 of 105
Great photos and excellent choices for purchases!
post #6 of 105
Very nice purchases! I love the wingtips!
post #7 of 105
Just WOW gotta get myself over to Barca !!
post #8 of 105
nice load of shoes there
post #9 of 105

Expensive. But, the design is need consider.

post #10 of 105
Those chelsea boots are hot! Wear them all in good health.
post #11 of 105
Im seriously considering moving all my future purchases over to Carmina. I love them that much. Great pics and nice pickups.

I also think I need one of those buffing machines in my house stat. smile.gif
post #12 of 105
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Originally Posted by teddieriley View Post

I just returned from a trip to Spain and had the pleasure of visiting both of the Carmina stores in Barcelona and Madrid. The staff in Barcelona was very gracious and accommodating. Not only did the Barcelona store keep e-mail contact prior to my visit, answering questions and doing their best to ensure they would have the sizes of the shoes I was interested in at the store, they also readily agreed to send the shoes I purchased ahead to Madrid, which was the last city I visited during my trip. That way, I could pick up the shoes, along with any shoes I purchased in Madrid (due to size or style limitations in Barcelona), carefully packaged and ready to be checked-in for my flight back home. Paying an extra 35 euros for the check-in was significantly cheaper than having the store ship the shoes to my home address. The gentlemen in Madrid were just as nice and helpful.

I am quite impressed by the overall leather and construction. While I'm no expert, I am certainly more impressed by Carmina over C&Js (both handgrades and benchgrades).

Below are a few pics of my visit and the damage. Enjoy.

Barcelona Store:
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Hey thanks for this great photo essay- I'm surprised you eva got outa there icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #13 of 105
Nice job!
post #14 of 105

+1 on the chelseas!

 

ccm

 

 

post #15 of 105
nice haul!

care to diviulge pricing info?
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