Thank you sir! They look great! I was late for the Epaulet MTO. I just bought a pair from Carmina online store last night. Hoping that the shade of cognac looks similar to alden cigar. As far as the sleekness, I am planing to wear them with jeans, I guess i will have to try them on before determine if the shape of the carmina longwing work for me or not.
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I think whether the issue was quality could be debated. I think what Epaulet posted was that they would be broken in transit (i.e. cracked and broken) when they arrived at their shop. So then I think they were constantly needing to obtain more to replace broken ones or swap out for woodlore or something. So it could have been packaging or the quality of the shoe trees. I may be way off base though on that. Posting in the Epaulet main thread might get a faster and more official response on why they stopped.
My feet were too big for the last carmina MTO I did, so they just refunded me the money for trees.