Just reviewed the Line Sheets from Albaladejo - Carmina is actually the trademark here in the States. Nice looking shoes, although nothing special pattern or last wise. I have not had a full presentation, just an initial review before I call them in to show me the line directly. Appear to be very well constructed, however; with the basic mix of patterns and finishes. Gravati prices (around $400-$450 for the calf shoes), stiffer construction, obviously. If you find them out there, look for #769-1 (5eye plaintoe bal), #809-1 (6eye perfed cap bal w/ plain quarters), #789-2 (6eye skinstitched short wing bal), #803-1 (5eye splittoe blutcher w/ twin needle stitch and butted seam) and #833-1 (same as #803-1 but with higher seams). I did like some of the sole edge treatments - some nice contrasts in inking. And, to prove that I have a s**** loose, I actually thought a model done in GREEN shell cordovan was kinda cool. I would post some pics, but that would not be fair; as I don't have the line in the shop, and therefore they are not my property. But if you see them, check them out - some good shoes, from what I can see at this point. The main problem as I see it, besides there not being enough unique models/lasts, is that all the shoes are only available in an E fitting. Makes for a tough sell, IMO. The main reason for posting this, however, is to praise TonyG (EG)for his work on the ladies line. WOW. Balance and proportion is fantastic. They got 5 homeruns if they would just make them for men - as long as the lasts had the same characteristics. Great toe shape and waist work. Anyway, if you ever hear that TonyG is helping with the mens line, go out of your way to see them - he got some talent.
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11/12/04 at 10:48pm