Drawing from my previous experience I went to a size 9 rather then 9.5 expecting that it would fit exactly like my rain wingtips.
I was very wrong in that sense as these are much tighter.
Sorry for the long winded posts, just trying to contribute.
hi all. i'm keen on buying a pair of carminas as my first pair of good quality shoes and as i live in asia, i want to maximize the chances of ordering the right size first time around.
i tried a few oxfords at church's and dunhill, and came up 7 in both. i currently own some geox lace ups that are 41, and whole bunch of timberland loafers which are either US 7.5 or 8.0.
i emailed carmina with my foot measurements (25.7cm x 10.3cm for the left, right slightly smaller) and betty replied suggesting UK 6.5 in either rain or inca last.
slightly surprised as I thought i would be a 7.0 or 7.5 UK.
thanks a lot for your feedback burton. i actually replied back to her and here is how it went:
me - "I am a little surprised at your suggestion of 6.5. Did you mean 7.5? As I mentioned I wear 41 normally which I believe is 7.5 in UK."
betty - "Sorry in that case maybe 7UK , I really think that 7.5 UK is big for you. Maybe I am wrong."
hence inclined to go with 7.0 UK, and if that turns out to be too big, order the 6.5 UK.
must say its nice to be receiving very prompt responses from them pre sale. hoping its an indicator of post sale service!
I would say an Olfe UK 13 is about a Simpson in UK 12.5. Instep around the same, width around the same. I'd say overall the Olfe is a little larger in all aspects. Based on comparing the two together a week ago.