or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › Epaulet x Carmina MTO
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Epaulet x Carmina MTO - Page 21

post #301 of 4103
Just voted for the chocolate austerity brogue in the Rain last, but would be interested to know if the Simpson last comes in a wider fitting.
post #302 of 4103
Quote:
Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Below is a form that asks for a yes/no vote on two versions of the boot makeups that are based on the most popular choices for each option. You can indicate what your deal breaker is as well. Keep in mind that we need at least six people for each style.
Vote Now
View The Results So Far

We've had three "yes" votes for each makeup so far. Still waiting for clarification on width availability in the specified lasts from Mike. Hopefully we can get the six people needed for each makeup in time to get in on Epaulet's January order.

So please click on the link above and indicate your interest as soon as you have a chance.
post #303 of 4103
Quote:
Originally Posted by tchoy View Post

Just voted for the chocolate austerity brogue in the Rain last, but would be interested to know if the Simpson last comes in a wider fitting.

This may help. Post 938 on the Armoury Thread.

The Carmina lasts are all width specific - from my experience, you cannot get a narrow last made wide, nor a wide last made narrow. Rather they have lasts that are narrow or wide, with different shapes and toe boxes per last. What we currently carry are the following;

Simpson - a narrow last with a chisel toe. Reasonably extended in the toe box, and a reasonably narrow waist. E width.
Alcudia - much like the Simpson, but with more of an Almond Toe. E width.
Robert - A rounded Almond toe, E width. Officially it is the same width as the Simspon, but the extra room at the toe tends to make it more comfortable for wider feet.
Inca - a pointed toe, on our widest last, with a fairly wide waist. The most comfortable last we have for wide and flat feet. EE width.
Rain - Much like the Inca, but with a chisel toe. EE width.
Forest - a popular last in Europe, it is a standard width with a soft round toe, quite low in the instep, so high insteps can feel a little pinched in this last. E width.
Uetam - a new last for us in a loafer, it feels very similar to the Forest, if a shade narrower. E width.
post #304 of 4103
Hey guys!

Just wanted to check in with everyone. First off - a huge THANKS for everyone's enthusiasm on this thread. Everyone on the Epaulet team is really excited to get these projects rolling! Here's some things from my side:

1. Carmina comes fully back to work on Jan 3rd. I have a few questions into them already - most importantly the sizing possibilities by last - and I'm sure that we'll get this nailed down then. Sorry that it's taken so long.

2. I have a swatch wheel of all the available suede colors, I'll post that up next week.

3. I'm meeting with Carmina on Jan 11th at the Pitti show in Florence. I get additional clarification on everything in person and I'll shoot an absolutely stupid amount of photos. There's a good chance that they'll have styles at the show which aren't pictured on their site, so we may get some great new ideas there.

4. Lasted shoe trees from Carmina are pretty pricey, but we'll work something out for these special makeup projects. If you guys are committing to the shoes AND throwing out incredible ideas for new styles, then the least that we can do is get you some freebees, right? We should be able to include them at no charge with the pricier shell items and offer a radically discounted price for the calf/suede pieces. Carmina is really jazzed about these makeup projects, so I'll see what else I offer to make them really special.

5. We look good on the Austerity Brogue! We definitely have enough interested people to make it, and I'll be able to offer a firm Spring delivery window on it. Either the Simpson or the Rain last would look excellent with these shoes. We did our first run of Chelsea boots on the Rain, and it's an excellent-fitting last. The Simpson would offer more of a dressy, slim profile.

6. For the Bal Boot, I know that delivery time is a concern for everyone. I should be able to get a handle on the available shell supplies on the first week of Jan. If the shell is "on the shelf," then we can also get a confirmed mid-Spring delivery on that.

7. For the Jodphur Boot, Carmina told me that there's no Navy shell in-house at the moment. They'd get it from Horween, but that typically takes a few months. We can absolutely do this as a fall item, with a delivery around early to mid-August.

OK! Have a Happy New Year everyone, and we'll get all of this rolling right after the holiday!

Thanks,
Mike
post #305 of 4103
Sounds great, Mike. Looking forward to the final details and to the photos from Pitti, though nothing too tempting, right?

For those who filled out the most recent bal/jodhpur boot form, I failed to set it so that it requires your SF handle. As a result, there are two unattributed votes. One from 12/24, which is a "yes" for the jodhpur, and one from late yesterday evening/early this morning, 12/30, that is a yes for the bal, though without the purple lining. If you read this and one of these is your vote, please PM me and I'll add your SF name to the spreadsheet so we have a complete record.

For those who haven't indicated interest in the proposed makeups, please do so at your convenience. Nothing is binding until we give Mike our money, so please offer your input if you are still interested in one of these boots.

The Voting Form

The Results So Far
post #306 of 4103
Thanks Mike...I look forward to seeing the markups!

Comparing the Inca and Rain lasts, what's the difference between a pointed toe and a chiseled toe? The only difference in fit would be in the toe box? Just curious, because I bought your double monk in the Inca last and the shoe slips a tiny bit on the heal. And as you explained to me, double monks fit like a loafer because they do not have laces.
post #307 of 4103
In for the Tan in Rain.

Breaking my first resolution of the year, of no more suede shoes for a while.
Edited by JPHardy - 1/2/12 at 1:54pm
post #308 of 4103
Quote:
Originally Posted by JPHardy View Post

Braking my first resolution of the year, of no more suede shoes for a while.


This does not sound like a resolution worth keeping. I support your purchase.

post #309 of 4103
I know pms are being sent regarding the austerity brouge, but what's the current status on the balmoral boot? Are we waiting on Mike to get more info from Carmina at Pitti?
post #310 of 4103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Renton View Post

I know pms are being sent regarding the austerity brouge, but what's the current status on the balmoral boot? Are we waiting on Mike to get more info from Carmina at Pitti?

Renton: I recall Mike saying that he would be able to place the order personally at Pitti if we have everything squared away. That may not happen in time, but I think the only details we are waiting on from him are shell color availability (which will determine how quickly we can get these) and any sizing details on the Robert last for those with width questions (mainly, is it available in narrow or wide widths).

So far we've had four people confirm that they are interested in the mooted majority rule makeup for the Balmoral:

Me
You
Pipersson
rmspawn
And someone who did not list his SF name, though is against the purple lining suggestion (if you are out there, PM me so I can add your handle).

Those who we still need to hear from to confirm interest are:
kk
SeventyFive
Pastor
darkoak


I'll send some PMs over the course of the day.
Edited by FrankCowperwood - 1/4/12 at 11:22pm
post #311 of 4103
I'm interested in the austerity brogue (perfect description by the way). who do I notify?
post #312 of 4103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingcarn View Post

I'm interested in the austerity brogue (perfect description by the way). who do I notify?

CHRK33 - send him a PM and he'll add you to the list.
post #313 of 4103
Quote:
Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

Renton: I recall Mike saying that he would be able to place the order personally at Pitti if we have everything squared away. That may not happen in time, but I think the only details we are waiting on from him are shell color availability (which will determine how quickly we can get these) and any sizing details on the Robert last for those with width questions (mainly, is it available in narrow or wide widths).
So far we've had four people confirm that they are interested in the mooted majority rule makeup for the Balmoral:
Me
You
Pipersson
And someone who did not list his SF name, though is against the purple lining suggestion (if you are out there, PM me so I can add your handle).
Those who we still need to hear from to confirm interest are:
NAMOR
rzapol
kk
scb
T007
SeventyFive
rmspawn
Pastor
darkoak
I'll send some PMs over the course of the day.

Thanks for the update and for doing the leg work on this.
post #314 of 4103
Hey guys,

Got a couple of updates:

Austerity Brogue

We look good on this style! We'll have to use the same color suede for all the makeups, so we'll need 8 guys to commit to one color. Snuff seems to be the favorite so far, and I'd definitely encourage that as the choice. We've been selling Alden Unlined Chukkas since '08, and snuff is always the best selling and IMO most versatile of the three colors. It's going to make up beautifully in this pattern.

Pricing is going to be about $545. Lasted shoe trees are expensive, but I'll take care of half the cost for everyone who commits to the shoes. They'll most likely be another $25 if you want those - or we'll include a set of Epaulet cedar shoe trees at no cost. We can probably throw in another freebee as well with them - I've got some stuff in the works now.

Either the Rain or the Simpson last should be possible. Both of them only come in a Medium fitting, so regretfully we won't be able to produce this style in wides or narrows. It will look great in both of them. The Simpson is going to be a bit slimmer and dressier, but the Rain is excellent too.

I'm meeting with Carmina next week, but it's not necessarily a deadline for placing the order. If I can give it to them then, that would be great, but it's okay if I place it the following week. The only consideration is that vendors tend to take a LOT of orders at these shows, so getting ours in at the show or immediately after will definitely help with a faster delivery.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Thanks Mike...I look forward to seeing the markups!
Comparing the Inca and Rain lasts, what's the difference between a pointed toe and a chiseled toe? The only difference in fit would be in the toe box? Just curious, because I bought your double monk in the Inca last and the shoe slips a tiny bit on the heal. And as you explained to me, double monks fit like a loafer because they do not have laces.

A chiseled toe is going to have a soft square edge at the front and a slimmer profile at the top.

For most shoes, Bluchers are going to be the easiest fit, as they can be laced significantly tighter or looser. Bals have a more specific fit with their closed lacing. And Double Monks and Slip-ons are the toughest to fit as they can't be tightened.

THAT SAID, I've got a solution for you. Pick up some tongue pads. These do wonders for pushing down your foot and eliminating heel slippage. I have a low instep, so I use them in nearly all of my shoes. They're totally effective, not visible, they're cheap, and they're very long lasting. Once you put them in, you'll never notice them. You'll just feel a radically better fit on your shoes.

http://www.amazon.com/Pairs-Large-Tongue-Shoes-Adhesive/dp/B0030KSCCA

Outside of that, leather heel grips are also excellent: http://www.amazon.com/Pedag-Stop-Padded-Leather-Grips/dp/B004BD71JK/ref=pd_bxgy_misc_text_c

But you'll probably find that the tongue pads take care of things. I can't recommend them enough. They're also great in well-worn loafers which fit well in the beginning but stretched out with wear.
post #315 of 4103
Many thanks...I'm very excited!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Streetwear and Denim
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › Epaulet x Carmina MTO