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GentlemensFootwear.com (CARMINA, EDWARD GREEN, DRAKES, CAPPELLI) - OFFICIAL AFFILIATE THREAD

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by steveyoo1983, Jun 2, 2013.

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  1. diadem

    diadem Well-Known Member

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    I tried on a pair of normal width Rain brogues at The Armoury, but I had to size up too much to get them to fit wide-wise and they turned out to be too roomy length-wise. They didn't have any wide-width Rain shoes to try on, so I kind of ordered blind through Steve (although I sent in my foot measurements). So I'm still not 100% on my sizing and wanna get that squared away before I order another pair.
     
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  2. watchidiot

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    Is it going to be this in burgundy pebble grain?
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  3. justinkapur

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    I would say minus the medallion and truth be told I would rather not have any brogueing so it would be extremely simple lines
     
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    I'm ok with semi brogue (as above) or quarter brogue (minus the medallion). I'm out on plain cap toe as I already have grain cap toe blucher.
     
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    I would say on a grain having minimal detail is ok. Quarter brogue would be acceptable.
     
  6. Burton

    Burton Well-Known Member

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    I am likely in either way. I would be interested in burnishing as well.

    I was going to say that I prefer the semibrougue, but actually, after looking at the picture again, I prefer the quarter brogue. Does anyone know if Carmina does a hatch grain or just a pebble grain?
     
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    They used to do chestnut hatch grain.
     
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    The guys in on this jumper - I am worried that the medium brown sole edge could come out too dark. I really love the contrast that the natural sole edge brings to the cxl and think it really sets it apart from the rest of the boots. The only natural sole edged boot I've seen from carmina is the one that skoatie did (and where I got the inspiration from for this jumper). Is anyone opposed to natural sole edge over a medium brown? I would be really bummed if the sole blended in with the cxl leather on this boot
     
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    For those that need a reminder, the natural sole edge is the first pic. Remember, these were shot inside under some bright/direct light which makes them appear lighter than under natural light

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    I really want sole edge to match the color of the rest of the boot. Here is why we will be wearing this boot in very weather adverse conditions and very bright sole edge will get dirty quickly.
     
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    I'm with laufer here. Plus, ours will look exactly like below and it is awesome. It's also the same sole edge coloring as in your third pic, golfinz, except it wont have the super thick, black danite portion. Contrasts quite well with the brown CXL on the wingtip IMO

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    ^ shell and cxl are going to look completely different. You are right, the boot you posted M looks killer, but that's a shell boot and is meant for dress. The cxl we are trying to organize is a lot more casual, which is why I think a contrasting sole would be really unique. If you are hoping our boot looks like the above, I think you might be a little disappointed. The three boots I posted are all cxl so they will look more like that

    Laufer I agree that the lighter sole might get dirty faster, especially in the rain and snow but I guess my rebuttal is that it's a boot and it's supposed to get dirty. If you are romping around in the snow and muck, no sole color will hide the dirt. The lighter sole will also darken over time and prove some real character to the boot.

    I obviously feel strongly about the natural sole edge lol
     
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    I had CXL boots and I sold them here on SF due to the a poor fit. this is the edge color I am looking for
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/387471/carmina-boots-in-forest-last-in-cromexcel-leather-size-10-uk-sold

    I can see that you feel strongly but boots we going for also have storm welt and this want darken over time. Second brown edge will hide dirt better than light edge. The problem is that with the light edge all it takes is one kick of the curb and now you have a very visible streak that really look nasty.
    I had a same conversation with the western boot maker who made a pair of boots for me and he made them with white stitching that may look nice he assured me that stitching will darken over time but the problem is if you scratch them while new it will look ugly.
     
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    So are you not wanting the antiqued sole that you posted on the Alden shoe a few pages back? Bertel gave a +1 to a sole that was like that of the Alden.

    The Alden chromexcel indy boot has a lighter sole and here is a compare of the new indy boot vs a well worn indy boot to show how the lighter sole wears over time

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    I am a huge fan of the antique edge trim EXCEPT with brown CXL. For me, its too much contrast.
     
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    Uh, the sole edge of the shell boot = the exact same color as the sole edge of the brown CXL wingtip, the Alden from a few pages back, and the boots laufer posted above

    This picture by laufer shows Carmina's antiqued brown in various stages of wear
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    Seems like we are beating a dead horse right now but the sole edge of the shell boot has the same edge color as the cxl wingtip boot that doesn't have the natural sole edge (I wanted to clarify for those that are watching this since I posted pictures of two different wingtip cxl boots). The alden sole edge is much lighter, imho than any of these.

    Based on Steve's response, it looks like Carmina can do the following, starting from the lightest to darkest: natural edge, brown, dark brown and then black. Are you guys wanting the brown edge, which I assume is like the edge on my tobacco suede oxford:

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    Haven't seen @rydenfan in here in a while. Any thoughts on the matter?
     
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    I think he finally got banned for his constant trolling.
     
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    i hope so, we dont need members who spoil the mood with their negativity
     

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