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

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  1. lennier

    lennier Senior member

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    Some modern black captoe oxfords from Loake Design to go with the new dinner suit, as I'm not a fan of patent leather and wanted something I could also get non-black-tie wear out of as well to justify another pair :)
     


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    Popped in to the place to have a quick 5 minute chat. They been around for a couple of years operating from their small office.
    Measured from their office or they go to you and suits and shirts are made in Thailand, half canvassed, quite a few fabric books around, an addition $50 for premium fabric, though of course for the price they aren't from any of the more well known mills. Italian 'finished'. Any necessary alterations are done here, takes about a month to get your order.

    You can supply your own fabric. Didn't stay long enough to have a look at their finished products as I got to rush home. Moderately styled from the suit he was wearing. No crazy wide heavily padded tv presenter shoulders or stiffly structured or any of that.
     
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  3. Gerry Nelson

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    American Tailors got a bunch of Carminas today. One of the guys there had told me that they were getting brown double monks in the Simpson last so I was excited thinking they'd be something like this: http://www.thearmourystore.com/shoes/carmina-brown-leather-simpson-dbmonk-simpson.

    After getting over Christmas, I was told they'd be coming in today. I was very disappointed to find out they were black apron, split toed with the buckle configuration something like this: http://www.pediwear.co.uk/loake/products/2798.php

    Not my cup of tea at all but I'm sure that they will be appreciated. They did have some lovely reddish half-brogues which I would have bought had I been in the market.

    I consoled myself with a pair of suede Lowndes from Herringbone and a couple of 7 fold Thomas Pink ties from DJ's which were on sale for less than half price [​IMG] The shoes are absolutely beautiful!

    I'm still after a pair of brown calf double monks though - either Carmina in chestnut brown on the Inca last (similar to this) or the Alfred Sargent Ramsey.

    Any opinions on one or the other?
     
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    hotmustardsauce Active Member

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    ^How much were the Lowndes from Herringbone?
     


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    So they are the Carmina Phila? [​IMG]
     


  6. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    Wow... suede flap inspiration just occurred. Need a shoe like that, except with larger swept back single buckle.
     
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    I wore my dark brown suede Lowndes today, with a brown suit. Talk about a fail at shoe choice :) way too much matt brown going on. Was worth a try, but don't think I'll do it again :)

    The shoes are awesome witih the right pants, but these weren't them :)
     
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    I did exactly that just before the break: it looked so wrong.
     


  10. Gerry Nelson

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    I guess it would depend on the suit but I would wear them with jeans, chinos, grey odd trousers, grey suits or navy suits. I know what you mean about too much brown going on [​IMG]

    By the way, any idea on where in the cbd to get a belt to match these shoes (tan scotch country grain)?

    [​IMG]

    More pics at http://www.wesellshoes.com/index.php?productID=95
     
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    I have a pair of plain front Carmina dub monks...cap toe fronts I thought they were on the Filadelphia last.
     


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    Have to say I'm not a fan of these ones at all and I'm a big Carmina fan.

    I'm basically giving up on buying shoes online for the next few months, I've now spent $200ish on shipping alone just to get 3 pairs shipped back for refunds. 2 pairs of Cheaney to Herring and 1 pair to Kent Wang. Just a caution on the Kent Wang shoes, I had bought the benchmade dark brown captoe's, thinking they were the perfect conservative business shoe based on the photo on the website. In reality though the finish is a quite a bit lighter brown with heavy burnishing on the toes and heels and the last is very elongated. Size 9UK was a full inch longer than my size 9UK simpson last Carmina's. They are also not made by DC lewis like the handgrades are but a private maker he uses.

    Kent's service with the issues and the quality of the shoes was great however.
     


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    Just to clarify - the suede/calf double monk pics I posted were G&G NOT Carmina. It was to show the buckle configuration on the pair of Carmina's I saw. I've been lucky with the shoes I've bought so far. I was able to on-sell the one pair that turned out to be too small for me.

    Did you get your Carmina's from The Armoury?

    One of the guys at American Tailors told me I'd need to upsize by half a size from my C&J size, i.e. since I wear a UK9.5E in C&J, I would need a 10 in the Carmina shoes on the Simpson. Did you find this to be true?
     


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    The simpson last is definitely on the smaller end, it's also quite narrow so yes a lot of people would have to size up.
     


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