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post #3961 of 4102
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How about something in gray suede like LA Guy's chukka boot?

 

Count me in for that one. It's a beauty:

 

post #3962 of 4102
Sollet last? ^^
post #3963 of 4102

It does look Soller-ish. Even if it's not, the Soller is unbelievably comfortable on the snuff chukkas we group MTO'ed this past fall. Highly recommended for all chukkas. Looks well-proportioned on that three-eyelet model, too.

 

If we group MTO now, when's the estimated delivery? Should we be thinking summer shoes at this point?

post #3964 of 4102
Applky - how would you say the soller last fits as compared to other Carmina lasts? Is it on the wider end if the spectrum?
post #3965 of 4102
I have numerous pairs of Carmina in many different lasts (Forest, Oscar, Rain, Simpson, Soller, etc.). For me, Soller is the biggest of anything I've tried by a substantial margin in all dimensions - width, length, and volume.

I have a very average foot shape and almost never deviate from my "true" Brannock size. The exceptions for me are Alden's Barrie (of course) and Carmina's Soller, both of which I enjoy on occasion for their casual shape.

Edit: To clarify, I own all of my Carminas in the same size. However, my next Soller models will be sized down by a half size versus the other Carmina lasts.
Edited by Notreknip - 2/12/14 at 6:52pm
post #3966 of 4102
Notreknip would it be asking too much for you to post a last comparison photo? Rain and Soller side by side to get a feel for the dimensions. I have a Rain chukka that feels a bit tight in a 9UK and I would be curious to know if Soller is a better fit.
post #3967 of 4102
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Notreknip would it be asking too much for you to post a last comparison photo? Rain and Soller side by side to get a feel for the dimensions. I have a Rain chukka that feels a bit tight in a 9UK and I would be curious to know if Soller is a better fit.

This is quick and dirty with my phone camera but it should be a start. (Note that the heels are all eyeball-aligned on a straight line despite what it may appear due to shaft height.)

All are 9D US (8 UK).

Soller, Rain, Soller, Oscar, Forest...


Edited by Notreknip - 2/12/14 at 6:07pm
post #3968 of 4102
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Originally Posted by MGD83 View Post

Notreknip would it be asking too much for you to post a last comparison photo? Rain and Soller side by side to get a feel for the dimensions. I have a Rain chukka that feels a bit tight in a 9UK and I would be curious to know if Soller is a better fit.

This is quick and dirty with my phone camera but it should be a start. (Note that the heels are all aligned on a straight line despite what it may appear due to shaft height.)

All are 9D US (8 UK).

Soller, Rain, Soller, Oscar, Forest...(to come later when I'm not on my phone)
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

As a newbie to Carmina (only have boots on the Oscar), this pic was really helpful.  I couldn't get this perspective from any of the pictures on the interwebz.

 

thanks for sharing.

post #3969 of 4102
Okay, one more one of the line to add a few more data points.

(Someday in the summer I'll do this outside with the DSLR, a long lens to overcome distortion, some more precise alignment, and most importantly, more shoes!)

...Soller, Oscar, Forest, Barrie (-.5), Plaza



Edit: The Alden Plaza looks really blobby here. I do find it blobby some days - especially this boot considering its 360 welt - but this picture makes it look especially Ken Cole-ish.
post #3970 of 4102
...may as well post the ugly 10,000ft view with harsh phone camera LED flash. (Which inconveniently exposes a toe scuff that I'll have to polish out on the austerity boot.)

Soller, Rain, Soller, Oscar, Forest, Barrie, Plaza

post #3971 of 4102
Notrekip,

Your photos are incredibly helpful for getting a sense of the different volumes and shapes of rain, forest, Oscar and soller lasts. Thank you for taking the time to take these pictures and share them here.

question: are the shoes in the rain, forest and Oscar all the same size and the regular width fittings (as opposed to the wide width fittings) for rain and forest? And the Soller lasted shoes are .5 size down from the rain, forest and Oscar - lasted shoes?

Thanks again
post #3972 of 4102
Thank you Notrekip for those posts, they are actually very helpful and detailed.

Aldenwear, if I am reading the posts correctly I believe that all of the shoes shown are in the same sizes.
post #3973 of 4102
Guys, you're very welcome!

Indeed, all are 9D US equivalent* except for the Barrie which is, of course, an 8.5D.

*8 UK standard width as per Carmina

They all fit adequately. Forest and Oscar are quite standard in fit. The Rain feels slightly loose in the heel but both Rain pairs that I own (for now, as I have a boot on the way soon) are monks so take that with a grain of salt. The Soller on me is wide, and thus long feeling; it also feels voluminous in the instep. I think I would be better with a half-size down in Soller but then again both of my Soller pairs are short boots (i.e. chukkas) so again there may be some error/bias there also. Then of course Simpson fits like a glove, it really is like a narrow Rain.
post #3974 of 4102
Notrkip, you are a prince among shoe sluts.. Size 1/2 down on soller, dude. Thank you again.
post #3975 of 4102
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...may as well post the ugly 10,000ft view with harsh phone camera LED flash. (Which inconveniently exposes a toe scuff that I'll have to polish out on the austerity boot.)

Soller, Rain, Soller, Oscar, Forest, Barrie, Plaza
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Which of these lasts provide the most room for a high instep?

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