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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. Nolvadex

    Nolvadex Senior member

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    A leather sole would probably wear through pretty quickly if you are walking around in them every day rain, hale or shine.
     
  2. Dusty Brogues

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    Sorry Jimmy(can't believe I'm calling you that now) I don't agree with you.

    Having owned Aquila's etc, I seen them disintergrate quickly, crease heavily all with a short life Span. I use to clean & polish etc, which kept them presentable(subjective) however this did not prevent them falling apart.

    My CJs on the other hand are worlds away-admittedly I spend more time cleaning, conditioning and polishing that's because I'm proud of them and want them to look their best. They are not deteriorating and look classic and sharp.

    My grandfather once picked up an old sideboard from the tip, restored it, 60 yrs later it sits proudly in parents house with their other antiques-why? Quality mate, it stands the test of time, through its materials and construction. Like a good shoe it needs maintenance/labour of love, they do however go the distance

    PS using the name Hoffa you need to swear more...
     
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  3. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    Yep. Better quality-made items last longer, that's the truth of it.
     
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    It's not just that they last longer. My supervisor goes through 2 to 3 pairs of shoes a year. The most recent pair are 2 months old and already look like they've been through the wars. A good pair of shoes won't just last longer, they'll look much better longer too. I still get comments on my 'nice new shoes' even though they're almost 2 years old.
     
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    A lot of people ordering carminas lately. A lot more commenting on the difficulty of orderi g without trying on. Leads me to wonder why so many of these purchasers have been happy with their orders.
    So how are you guys all negotiating the sizing/fit issue so well? Is there a trick to it we don't know about or are you all just super lucky?
     
  6. Osiris2012

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    Just gonna jump in and suggest a lot of the people commenting/ordering are old hands...by that I mean guys who have tried on / own carminas previously and or they've extensively read the carmina sizing thread. lastly Betty is pretty helpful in terms of sizing questions.
     
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  8. meister

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    I got a pair of Carminas recently on the Forest last in 10.5 and I would describe them as a close to 10.5F/EUK small US 11E but a bit more like a 10.5FUK Churchs. Like an EUR44.5 in fact. I am a straight UK10 normally so I'll put an insert in to take up the extra volume.

    A pair of dub monks I had in 10 Carmina were actually more like 9.5UK. Narrower last.
     
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  9. Prince of Paisley

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    I have to say, I don't think this is a particularly well fitting shirt. The shoulders are too wide for him and the bagging around the waistband looks like he bought it on sale at Myer and hasn't had time to take it to his tailor yet. (Also what I presume is the monogram looks like he splodged biro ink on himself but that's beside my point...)

    Generally I like a slim cut shirt, mostly because I am slim. I also like to eat, sit, drive a car etc. But rather than have a fuller (i.e. wider) cut shirt I have them cut longer - then 'give' in the shirt is vertical rather than horizontal. So you can sit down in your low rise pants and not have your shirt come untucked, or feel like you're wearing a boa constrictor. When you stand up, tuck it in and it will look as slim as MM on a diet.

    The other key is having pants that fit properly - if the waistband is too loose your shirt will work up and bag excessively as you move. MM looks to have his trous well cinched at the waist, which no doubt helps to keep his shirt from escaping.
     
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  10. Prince of Paisley

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    In other words, they have already made their sizing mistakes and learned from them!
     
  11. Prince of Paisley

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    You can still get RM boots for $325 from the many Aussie online guys - and you can try on in an RM store without too much trouble if you want to make certain of your size.

    I'm wearing my storm welt RMs today actually as it's pissing down. They have been a good investment.
     
  12. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Re Carmina's the Rain last is a broad eg EE US or G UK ? Yes? No?
     
  13. Gerry Nelson

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    You beat me to it, PoP. I don't know why GW's picture being quoted as an example of a well fitted shirt precisely for the reasons you've mentioned.
     
  14. Petepan

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    Heartily seconded. Shell cordovan shoes at about $630, and shell boots at about $720. Will last way longer than RMW crap, and looks a whole lot better too.
     
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  15. Pink Socks

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    So my Carmina finally arrived - only problem is they have sent tan leather double monks not brown suede string loafers...oh dear.

    Hopefully this will be easy to sort.

    My wait for the string loafers continues....
     
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  16. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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  17. Petepan

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    Narrower than a G UK by a smidgin.
     
  18. Osiris2012

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    Anyone else get put off my slight differences in prices? I finally decided to go with the Carmina shell burgundy Soller boots (have admired them from a far every since Gerry showed them off earlier in the year) I thought the price was around $680 but with the paypal conversion rates it puts it up at over $700 now im having second thoughts. I know the actual dollars haven’t changed that much but just that extra threshold moving into the 700 mark.

    Ah well reality is you can’t get shell boots much cheaper than that but yeah I’ve gone from being pumped to thinking its crazy to spend that much on shoes/boots.
     
  19. Petepan

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    Alden's are USD$667 plus shipping and out of stock until March 2014.

    Meermin's are cheaper but not Horween shell.

    These boots will last you a lifetime, unless your feet shape changes. Even then, the boots will change and shape to your feet to a certain extent.

    Buy the damn things if you can afford it. I really cannot see shell boots getting cheaper in the future unless the AUD goes 2:1 USD.
     
  20. JimmyHoffa

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    Wow, how did they stuff that up?

    There must be some poor sod on the other side of the world looking at some brown suede string loafers, going 'wtf are these'?
     
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