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post #391 of 575

How would you compare quality of Carmina to Alfred Sargent's Exclusive line or Herring by AS? Or I guess I would ask what are the significant differences between Carmina and AS?

 

http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/collections/carmina/products/carmina-work-wear

 

http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=55&shoeid=6906

 

Thanks

post #392 of 575
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I have a lot of AS, only 2 pairs of Carmina, I would see the uppers are similar, but AS sole finishing is better.

Look out for AFPOS deals, with free lasted trees and free shipping, beats Carmina for quality and value.
post #393 of 575
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

I have a lot of AS, only 2 pairs of Carmina, I would see the uppers are similar, but AS sole finishing is better.

Look out for AFPOS deals, with free lasted trees and free shipping, beats Carmina for quality and value.

 

Thanks! What is "AFPOS" ???

post #394 of 575
Thread Starter 
A Fine Pair of Shoes, they are an affiliated vendor, or can just google it.
post #395 of 575
Thread Starter 
Pediwear also offers free shipping, with lasted trees
Edited by wurger - 4/8/14 at 6:30am
post #396 of 575

Thanks for the help. Now I'm just trying to decide if the AS are worth the extra $80 or so over the Carminas.

post #397 of 575
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Originally Posted by patliean1 View Post
 

Thanks for the help. Now I'm just trying to decide if the AS are worth the extra $80 or so over the Carminas.

 

If you buy from AFPOS then there is practically no price difference as you get free lasted shoe trees

 

AFPOS is having a 25% off promotion so AS works out to be cheaper than Carminas.  Garb it before it expires tomorrow

post #398 of 575
Wurger, the excellent shoe blog Claymoor's List has many photos from inside the Vass workshop. While the pairs truly are handmade in the full sense, the inner welt attachment stitches and stitches visible on its surface are far from tight, this is the Vass way of speeding up the arduous process a bit. Now this is not to say they are poor, but any other cordwainer would likely insist on tight stitches for a more refined and challenging whole, something to separate the boys from the men. Case in point, all Japanese makers are on another level entirely and I'm unsure whether theirs are inherently better-made just because stitches are as tight as thry come. They're just different.
post #399 of 575
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we need to take in account Vass makes a pair for you in 6 weeks for only 400 Euros, not sure how much and how quick the others are doing it.
post #400 of 575
My apologies for the overload of questions, but where did you see the 25% off deal for AFPOS or did I miss it? The time zone difference is killing me LoL
post #401 of 575
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Originally Posted by patliean1 View Post

My apologies for the overload of questions, but where did you see the 25% off deal for AFPOS or did I miss it? The time zone difference is killing me LoL

See here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/233902/a-fine-pair-of-shoes-official-affiliate-thread/1500#post_7027733
post #402 of 575
Cordovan captoe balmorals (one black and one cigar brown, one straight tip and one perforated toe) from Alden

Both get weekly wear

post #403 of 575
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Alcibiades, nice, we don't get many American style shoes here, thank you.
post #404 of 575

first of all I have to say that this is a great thread! I myself am a fan of black oxfords - IMHO the most versatile shoe to have, especially if employed in finance or other "traditional" industry.

 

I have a question, however, to those who post here regularly, namely @wurger :

 

What would be the top options for a cap toe oxford with the price at under 300 GBP / 500 USD ? Carmina? Church? Crockett & Jones? Cheaney? 

 

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

post #405 of 575
Thread Starter 
I would suggest Carmina, Cheaney, Herring. My personal top value shoe is Alfred Sargent Armfield.
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