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Carmina Brown Punched Captoe vs. Meermin Brown Punched Captoe

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Howdy all,

I'm looking for a new pair of brown captoes (not that i don't have enough already satisfied.gif) and the choices are the Carminas or the Meermins.

The Carminas run about $200 more...the basic question is whether they are worth it.

Anybody have both? Thoughts:

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vs.

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post #2 of 15
what did you decide, Oliver?
post #3 of 15
I just bought the Meermin captoes a few weeks ago. I've recently bought a pair of Carmina wholecuts. Both are great shoes Imo. Quality wise the Carminas are slightly better as far as I can judge: maybe a tad higher quality leather, more elegang lining and finishing on the soles, but Meermin are incredible value for money, and the cap toe is a beautiful shoe:

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post #4 of 15
Based just on the last I'd go with the Carmina - the Meermin looks a bit too chisled for me and the Simpson last on the Carmina fits me perfectly. But that is purely a matter of personal opinion. I have several pairs of Carmina shoes, no Meermins (yet.) Both sound like a good value.
post #5 of 15
^ I agree as I don't like Meermin's New Rey last, the Carminas looks incredible as well.
post #6 of 15
Both made in Spain, perhaps by the same company.

That $200 is in the guts of the shoe, quality you cannot see.

Decision is up to you.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Christian B View Post

^ I agree as I don't like Meermin's New Rey last, the Carminas looks incredible as well.

 

+1.  Not a fan of the New Rey last, especially when compared with Carmina's Simpson last.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post

Both made in Spain, perhaps by the same company.
That $200 is in the guts of the shoe, quality you cannot see.
Decision is up to you.

not made by the same company.
post #9 of 15
I'd also check with Carmina directly - as with the Euro in the tank their pricing should be well below the Amoury's at the moment.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Renton View Post

what did you decide, Oliver?

I'm holding off for now.

The Meermins pictured are on the VIL last. Jose is sending me sizing specs, particularly width, but I just don't think its going to fly.

In a few weeks, they will make the same shoe on the new rey, which is a bit wider to my eye.

The carminas are in the $500 range through the armoury. Their website doesn't have much inventory.

If the sizing on the new rey is acceptable, I'll probably go with the meermins.
post #11 of 15
Are you sure the Meermins aren't on the Olfe last ? Mine are anyway...
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by steffenbp11 View Post

Are you sure the Meermins aren't on the Olfe last ? Mine are anyway...

Yes, quite sure. They use the above referenced shoe in their "last chart" under VIL

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Also, the website lists it as being on the VIL last:

http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1893
post #13 of 15
I stand corrected, they are on the Vil last which is even narrower. If you'r going to MTO them I reccomend using the Hiro or Ama last if you have medium-wide feet, the New Rey is long and narrow.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
for reference, the 9.5UK measurements for the outsole are as follows:

Vil: 320mm length (12.6"), 106mm width at widest point (4.17")
New Rey: 317mm in length (12.5"), 108mm width (4.25")
post #15 of 15
The New Rey in noticeably more narrow than C&J 348, at least on my foot.
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