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Does anyone know whether Carmina shoes are made with a steel shank?  I ask because they are allegedly much lighter in weight than other high-end shoes, e.g., Aldens.  In a detailed description of the manufacturing process on its website, Carmina does not mention the use of a steel shank.  The lack of one would be a deal-breaker for me.


Edited by Barrister - 2/12/13 at 7:50pm
post #20267 of 32173
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Originally Posted by N8ter View Post

How long does it take a new, leather soled calf shoe to break in?  Have a shoe (AE) that is tight and am wondering how long I can expect before it loosens up (or doesn't because I have the wrong size)?

I have three pairs of AEs, in my normal size, on three different lasts, and they're all too tight in the toe box.  I have tried several stretching methods, but none has worked.   I have heard others voice the same complaint about AE.  On its website, AE states that its shoes will not stretch significantly.  I can believe it.

post #20268 of 32173
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Originally Posted by N8ter View Post

How long does it take a new, leather soled calf shoe to break in?  Have a shoe (AE) that is tight and am wondering how long I can expect before it loosens up (or doesn't because I have the wrong size)?
The notion of shoes breaking in, while certainly not complete nonsense, does tend to be a much more modest and subtle thing than most people think.

In general, new shoes should fit properly right from the start. If they are too small for comfort at the start, it's likely that they'll never break in to the point where they become comfortable. Oh, if a shoe is slightly uncomfortable due to it rubbing against part of your foot a little, breaking in may remedy this. But if the shoe is simply too tight, breaking in is unlikely to fix the problem.

Some exceptions exist - particularly with regard to certain types of boots. But they're just that - exceptions to the rule.

As for how long it takes to break in a new pair of shoes, I'd imagine that this varies from shoe to shoe, and from person to person. But my guess would be that after a half dozen wears, you're probably a good 80% of the way toward all the breaking in you're going to get.

However, I would add that if the shoe is slightly too small, it's usually possible to have the shoe stretched a bit. Not a huge amount, but something on the close order of half a size is often within reason.
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is french front (no placket) has no interlining?i found that most RTW with no placket front has no lining,but my tailor used to made me 1 and it's with fuse lining.

Also,can it be make by non-fuse interlining?
 

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Can anyone recommend me some new OCBD shirts. Been wearing mostly Jcrew. Any other brands out there that fit like that and are decently price? 
Anything besides Uniqlo. I wear a M in Jcrew but in uniqlo i have to wear a L everything fits but its super long. no bueno.

Any other brands i should try? Thanks.

post #20271 of 32173

I travel quite frequently for work, carrying just a carry-on, and have become skilled at living off it up to 2 wks (only trick is doing laundry once in between!) My second post after the introductory one is quite practical for me - can you recommend some good quality travel gear that I can use to better pack shirts, underwear/socks, etc. etc.?

post #20272 of 32173
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Originally Posted by Telnet7 View Post

hello all,

I was wondering what everyone's opinions are on unvented sport coats?

No. Unvented is fine on a tuxedo; otherwise, two vents.
post #20273 of 32173
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Originally Posted by pdxkyle View Post

Can anyone recommend me some new OCBD shirts. Been wearing mostly Jcrew. Any other brands out there that fit like that and are decently price? 

Brooks Brothers are the standard. They have an extra slim fit that may work.
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does french front(no placket) have interlining?if does,can it be non-fuse?
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-double post-
post #20276 of 32173
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Originally Posted by Aeren View Post

does french front(no placket) have interlining?if does,can it be non-fuse?

French front or not has nothing to do with interlining...
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Toes three and four (big toe being #1 and pinky being #5) slightly touch edge of shoe. I'm not used to that. Normal?
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huh?my tailor made all my shirt placket with interlining...
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sorry,double post again
post #20280 of 32173
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Originally Posted by Aeren View Post

huh?my tailor made all my shirt placket with interlining...

Someone who knows more about shirt construction can correct me, but my understanding of a French front placket is they just take the shirt fabric, fold it over, and sew the holes.

A "normal" placket may have some interlining in it to give it some stiffness.
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