Carmina x Epaulet Status
Hey guys, just want to check in quickly with everything going down.
1. I decided to pull the Shell Bal Boot preorder for now. We had one taker, and he's been refunded already. I think that we were jumping the gun with this, and really, late May isn't the ideal time to get a style like this delivered. I've got Carminas coming next week (Shortwings and Double Monks), and a big delivery in mid-April that will include the Snuff Suede Austerity Brogues.
I have Shell Cordovan reserved for the Fall, so we don't have to worry about the availability of leathers. Let's revisit this preorder in mid May. The Austerity Brogue guys will all have their shoes, and we'll have a larger group of Carmina owners to pool from. We can do one, two, or more designs for the Fall and have a very concrete delivery in September - which will be perfect timing for a piece like this. And if you have something in the Rain, Inca, or Forest last, then you can be confident of your sizing in this piece.
2. Huge thanks to mymil for that awesome photo post! If you're interested in sharing it more, I'd suggest forwarding that to LA Guy, they'd probably put that on the main Styleforum blog as a guide to caring for shell cordovan boots. The photos and the notes are really great.
3. I'm planning a small restock in late May of caramel calf, black calf, and saddle shell double monks. We typically run sizes 7UK through 11UK. If you need a bigger or smaller size than that, drop me a PM and we can special order you a pair. They'll be final sale as a special order, but you'll get them at the usual price.
Originally Posted by 510kut
When are the brogues suppose to come in? I think I saw "Spring" but didn't see anything more specific.
We're right on track for the planned mid-April delivery. I know that all of the leather is cut and the shoes are in work. We're not messing around!
Originally Posted by sahbryant
can anyone comment regarding the longevity of the dainite sole relative to a leather sole?
I've owned two shoes with Dainite soles and I found them to be very tough. In my experience, they outlasted most leather soles that I've worn.
Originally Posted by MacktasticGDogg
Quick question: Does Carmina use a steel shank in its shoe construction?
Yes, they use steel shanks in all of their goodyear welted shoes and boots. Carmina does run true handsewn styles too, and those are most likely made without the shank. But everything that we carry from them is Goodyear welted.
Originally Posted by Renalan
Hey guys, anyone care to comment on the width of the Inca last? I usually run US 8E, wondering if it'd be tough to cram my foot into a normal width 7UK.
I think that it's going to be a tough fit. You'd probably want to go up to a 7.5UK in that. For the Forest last (which will include the shell bal boot), we can actually order a 7UK wide for you.
Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood
I doubt 7 UK will work for you.
Wearing a pair on the Inca last right now (Epaulet's double monk). Went with 10 UK since 11 D Barrie is a little on the large side for me, and 10.5 D Barrie works in a shoe for me (my feet are on the far edge of D width). 10 UK Inca is a tight fit for me and I'm waiting to see what happens when the sole breaks in a little bit. The soles on these Carminas are very stiff. Will probably go with at least a 10.5 UK in the future.
Thanks for picking up the double monks! You can expect that they'll break in a bit if you feet need them too. I'd suggest wearing them with the thinnest possible socks for the first few times that you wear them. You can always have them stretched a bit by a shoemaker if you need to, but they should be an easier fit after the break in period. It's a good idea to buy double monks a little snug at first so that they don't slip off of your heels down the road.