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New grain Longwings just in from Unionmade:

I like these. Are they as dark as they look in the photo?
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Very nice pick bl@ster.
post #79293 of 122416
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With all the ravello lust lately, here's a great alternative (and I would argue a much better value for the price). Carmina has cognac LWBs for a little over $600. Looks like they're on dainite, but beggars can't be choosers.

http://www.shop.carminashoemaker.com/articulo.asp?idarticulo=5371957

Yep. I ordered these last week. I will post some pic compared the Detroit and Barrie last. 

post #79294 of 122416
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With all the ravello lust lately, here's a great alternative (and I would argue a much better value for the price). Carmina has cognac LWBs for a little over $600. Looks like they're on dainite, but beggars can't be choosers.

http://www.shop.carminashoemaker.com/articulo.asp?idarticulo=5371957

I picked these up from my local Alden shop about a month ago (and NOT for $600) but I love them. The stitching of the welt gives them a slightly sleeker appearance than most Alden LWB's, thus allowing them to flow a little better with suits (IMO). I am not generally a fan of Carmina's but I was talking to the owner about my search for a ravello NST or LWB and he brought this shoe out (even though he knows I'm not a fan of Carmina). Tried it on, walked out the store with it. It is a really nice shoe. I still prefer Alden, but in this instance, this really fills a void for me.
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PSA for a hard to find Alden model. Not one of my auctions.....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181388195102?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Leffot color 8 LWB with antique edge at a very reasonable price.
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Shawnc, were you able to get the Carminas for less than they're selling the, on their own site? If so, could you PM the name of your store? I'd buy a pair in a heartbeat at that price.
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

With all the ravello lust lately, here's a great alternative (and I would argue a much better value for the price). Carmina has cognac LWBs for a little over $600. Looks like they're on dainite, but beggars can't be choosers.

http://www.shop.carminashoemaker.com/articulo.asp?idarticulo=5371957

I get to Madrid regularly, a new Hotel Indigo is opening around the corner from the shop - it's on my list to check out both in early May...

But I like the wholecut on cordovan, and perhaps a boot too...
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Passover saddles for me today wink.gif


Ugh... you and DV know my biggest Alden regret!  Well done Rydenfan...

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Shawnc, were you able to get the Carminas for less than they're selling the, on their own site? If so, could you PM the name of your store? I'd buy a pair in a heartbeat at that price.

Unfortunately not. I meant to insert an angry emoticon because I paid more, not less. My advice, at $600, they are a great deal. As I said I really like mine, and I am generally not a Carmina fan. Not thrilled that I paid more than the current price, but at this price point, I'm not going to sweat a hundred bucks.
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Shawnc, were you able to get the Carminas for less than they're selling the, on their own site? If so, could you PM the name of your store? I'd buy a pair in a heartbeat at that price.


@Shawnc  Me too please!  Thanks!

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Great looking saddles today gents

post #79302 of 122416
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Unfortunately not. I meant to insert an angry emoticon because I paid more, not less. My advice, at $600, they are a great deal. As I said I really like mine, and I am generally not a Carmina fan. Not thrilled that I paid more than the current price, but at this price point, I'm not going to sweat a hundred bucks.

Plus, Scott is a good dude, so it is worth it to pay more to keep him in business.

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Plus, Scott is a good dude, so it is worth it to pay more to keep him in business.

Absolutely agreed. I will not be going to see him asking for a price adjustment. Never thought I'd be in a position to say this but sometimes I'm ok with paying a little more.
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Unfortunately not. I meant to insert an angry emoticon because I paid more, not less. My advice, at $600, they are a great deal. As I said I really like mine, and I am generally not a Carmina fan. Not thrilled that I paid more than the current price, but at this price point, I'm not going to sweat a hundred bucks.

Not to belabor the point but the price is 510 euros on the Carmina site. Outside the EU, you get 20% off for VAT (down to 425 Euro) but Carmina charges somewhere around 35 euros for shipping and you may be hit with customs charges depending on where in the world you live. When it's all said and done, you're looking at paying somewhere around US$650-700 shipped to your door. No real price arbitrage from buying local (if you're fortunate enough to have a local retailer) and getting to try on.

Anyway, I bought a pair as well from Steve at Gentemen's Footwear during his 15% off Winter sale which worked out to US$675. Looking forward to taking delivery sometime in early May and will compare to my 975 when I get them in. Will try to get some pics up as well.
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^^

Steve at GF is a great person. Bought a few pairs of Carmina from him and have few more MTOs on the way. Highly reccomended.
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