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The Official Carmina Sizing Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. hentaisan

    hentaisan Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm a size 9D on the Allen Edmonds 5 last.

    What size would I be on the Simpson last?

    General advice seems to be to size down by 1, but given that simpson runs narrow, would 8.5 be ok?

    Cheers,
     
  2. konda

    konda Well-Known Member

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    Being a D you won't fit in the Simpson unless you want uncomfortable shoes and are willing to "ram BMW rims on a Merc".
     
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  3. MGD83

    MGD83 Well-Known Member

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    Konda :) I am a 10.5D and I find the Simpson 9.5 to be comfortable enough.
     
  4. pinkpanther

    pinkpanther Well-Known Member

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    ^ I am a 9D in the AE 5 and I wear an 8UK in the Simpson (and they are comfortable).
     
  5. konda

    konda Well-Known Member

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    Then I claim you're not of D width but think you are.

    ^ I find the Simpson to be pretty damn close to the AE 5 in B.
     
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  6. MGD83

    MGD83 Well-Known Member

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    I'm definitely of D width - widest part of my foot measured about 4 1/8" width or 10.5 cm for the euros out there.
     
  7. jaywhyy

    jaywhyy Well-Known Member

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    Simpson is not a B width. It's not that narrow at all.
     
  8. MGD83

    MGD83 Well-Known Member

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    Simpson for me personally, is just a standard D width. The elongated toe may pinch for some that are not used to it. If you have a very high instep however, this last may not be for you, as you will have trouble tightening the laces on any oxford models.
     
  9. jaywhyy

    jaywhyy Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. High insteps just need not apply, and it's actually quite similar to AE 5 last in that respect.

    All my shoes are D US/E UK, and I fit into the Simpson last quite comfortably with my flatter feet.
     
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  10. RogerP

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    Not as narrow as a B but narrower than most US D. I can wear a 10d in many AE but cannot wear Simpson at all. Slightly high instep is one issue, but width at the forefoot is another issue.

    I wear Rain in 8.5 and both Forest and Robert in a 9 quite comfortably. Simpson is a no go.
     
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  11. Burton

    Burton Well-Known Member

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    I think if you are a traditional D with a traditional instep you might be able to size up a half size if the Simpson feels to tight. If you are a full D or an E in some U.S. shoes (or an F or G in some English shoes) this last may not be for you. I, like Roger above, have a wide forefoot and this is a run don't walk away from last. I love Carmina shoes, but not the Simpson last.
     
  12. hentaisan

    hentaisan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the help guys.

    Just want to mention that when I wear my AE 5 (Park Avenues) I can tighten the laces all the way together. So I think that if the Simpson last is anything like the AE 5 last then size 8 should be fine.

    Fingers crossed. I'll report back when I have them
     
  13. Sartorial Scum

    Sartorial Scum Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have experience between loafer/non loafer sizing in the Forest last?

    I fit a 8UK comfortably but am wondering if i should size down for loafers by half a size.
     
  14. PeterL

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    I am snug fit 6.5 on Barrie last. Would UK6 Detroit last fit me? ? Thanks for any advice
     
  15. ascher07

    ascher07 Well-Known Member

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    I have 2 pairs of Carminas: an 11UK Inca (which are too big) and a 10.5UK Simpson (which after a godawful break-in fit relatively comfortably). I'm looking at a pair of boots on the Forest last in a 10.5UK. Do you guys think that would work? Thanks.
     
  16. joiji

    joiji Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
     
  17. Leaves

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    Forest is slightly wider than Simpson so this would probably be more comfortable for you breaking in.
     
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  18. ascher07

    ascher07 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
     
  19. mcdill

    mcdill New Member

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    Hi all

    I was checking out the Carmina e-boutique sale (for big and small sizes) and notice that they have put up some shoes made on the Randa last.

    I have not heard of this before, and searches don't seem to show anything up.

    Does any one know anything about this last, such as sizing compared to the other Carmina lasts?

    Many thanks
     
  20. othertravel

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    Wow, thanks for the PSA. Don't know anything about Randa, but I'm happy there's nothing in my size.
     

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