Originally Posted by NAMOR
MIke, have you tried the Alcudia last and any plans to use it? For those who havent seen it, its a round, chiseled (sexy?), toe. yumm
Oh yes, I've seen it, it's very nice. It looks pretty similar to the Rain last in person, with a slightly more rounded toe.
I'm definitely open to it. The only consideration is that certain patterns are only available on certain lasts, so I'll need to find out (1) how much Ruby we can get for this season and (2) what lasts we can do that wingtip shape on. But I'll present all of the possibilities and roll with whatever you guys prefer
Originally Posted by Cuttingboard
I bought the suede austerity brogue in the Rain last and was hoping the Forest Last in the scotch-grain special order boot was a little narrower. Just curious whether I should order a half-size smaller since the Rain is a little big. Although, the Salinger (Inca Last) fits me fine. Bizarre!
I have always ordered a 8.5UK in Carmina Inca or Rain last but bought a Grenson Loafer in 8UK and fits great.
The boot won't necessarily be narrower, but boots as a rule are easier to fit then shoes. You still have closed lacing, but I'd recommend buying the same size that you take in the Austerity Brogue. Even if the Forest last isn't narrower, the fact that it encloses you ankle and moves with you will make it a better fit. I'm pretty sure that sizing down will make the boot too small.
Weird that the Inca fits you, but that goes to show - for the most part, the Carmina lasts are more about looking
different than fitting
different. For guys coming from the Alden world, the mainstream Carmina lasts are much less extreme in their sizing.
And for Grenson, yes, it's tough to compare across brands directly. I know that Grenson's fittings also differ substantially from their Made in England styles and Indian-made (Rose) styles. But that's good to know - me may release a Carmina sizing Wikipedia sometime in the future!