Luckily I have bought Carminas in both HK at the armoury and at the Paris flagship store outside the Lourve.
3800HKD @ 8 = ~$475
In Paris i recall they worked out cheaper and depending on model were c.$400-430AUD when the FX was about 0.64. But I got the duty back too so I *think* worked out about $370-380aud.
The bigger problem is finding the colour/last combo you like.. both stores are vastly different
Armoury = more browns.
Paris = navys/green/grey/black but also some brown. They also have the ladies range.
All in all I preferred the Paris range (they had alot more) plus they have the lasted trees and accessories.
EDIT: Confirm they are 250-300euro in paris for calf
here are some photos from a blogger
Thanks for that. I am also lusting after the Lizardskin oxford, picture below.
The Paris shop is only 2 minutes walk from the apartment we are staying in. The wife now suspects that our choice of accommodation location was driven more by Carmina than by Chanel.
The problem is I will be in Hong Kong first, so resisting temptation will be difficult, especially with the possibility of new year sales on during that time. May need to distract myself with Bontonis and JLs :-)