Thanks so much to everyone who ordered the Terracotta boots! I can't wait to see how these come out. There's just two slots left, so we'll be submitting this order ASAP. Here's the link once more:Terracotta Lama Calfskin Punched Captoe Boot
Originally Posted by Holtskog
so the forest last, how wide is that?
I am a 8.5 GG and from what I can see the last seems wider than normal, but is it enough?
The Forest is a pretty true medium, but it can be ordered in a wide fitting as well. That's available on the preorder drop down. I've found that the wide fitting is a great match for a true single wide foot (and works for some double wide feet as well).
Originally Posted by JustSomeGuy
I currently wear a UK size 9.5H from Church's, what would be the equivalent size here? Also, would it be possible to account for a higher instep when making the boot?
Lastly, how much would they cost, and will you be charging tax if I'm located in New York State?
A "G" fitting is technically a double wide. Do you find that you need that in other shoes or just Church's? And are the Church's that you take in that size a fairly slim shape to begin with?
And yes, we have to charge sales tax to any orders with a billing address in New York State.
Originally Posted by Barrister
I've heard that Carminas are lighter in weight than other high-end shoes, e.g., Aldens.
Is this true? If so, is it due to the absence of a steel shank? I note that Carmina's detailed description of their manufacturing process on the website makes no mention of a steel shank.
Does anyone know for sure?
Not in my experience - and we carry plenty of both brands in the store. Carmina uses a steel shank in all of their goodyear welted shoes - which is every style that discuss here. The only ones that don't have it are the handsewn styles - like our "Hawthorne" loafer.
Carminas are lighter because of the ways most stores make them up. By default, they use a single leather sole which is lighter than most Aldens and many English made shoes (Trickers, heavier C&J styles). But these dressy single leather Carminas are no lighter than equivalent styles from Edward Green or Vass. Or Alden styles like the unlined suede chukka.
Since many of my customers prefer more substantial things like boots, shell cordovan, chromexcel, double leather soles, york soles, etc, our makeups are heavier and sturdier than most. Given the equivalent materials, they'll be just as dense as Aldens.
Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander
Originally Posted by Alcibiades
I've found it difficult to follow this thread (please forgive me if I am asking a redundant question) -
1) Are the shoes in the Forest last offered by Epaulet able to be preordered in a wide fitting (EEE)?
2) Are any of the other Carmina lasts offered by Epaulet able to be preordered in a wide fitting (EEE)?
I'd love to get involved with some of these preorders but wide fittings seem few and far between
EDIT - I see the most recent replies pertain to this topic, I'll try to figure it out...
Yes, we can order Forest in a wide fitting. Carmina designates this as "EEE."
PLEASE NOTE EVERYONE: Carmina "EEE" is not the same as the American "EEE" sizing. It's one step wide rather than three steps. The standard Forest last fitting is "EE" I know, it's confusing.
Presently the Forest last is the only Carmina last that they offer in a wide fitting. It's a great fitting and a great looking last, and the possibility of ordering wides makes it our go-to last for boot makeups. We've done the majority of projects in that, so there will be plenty for you to choose from.