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Carmina Brown Punched Captoe vs. Meermin Brown Punched Captoe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Quadcammer, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Distinguished Member

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    Howdy all,

    I'm looking for a new pair of brown captoes (not that i don't have enough already :satisfied:) and the choices are the Carminas or the Meermins.

    The Carminas run about $200 more...the basic question is whether they are worth it.

    Anybody have both? Thoughts:

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  2. Renton

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    what did you decide, Oliver?
     


  3. steffenbp11

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    I just bought the Meermin captoes a few weeks ago. I've recently bought a pair of Carmina wholecuts. Both are great shoes Imo. Quality wise the Carminas are slightly better as far as I can judge: maybe a tad higher quality leather, more elegang lining and finishing on the soles, but Meermin are incredible value for money, and the cap toe is a beautiful shoe:

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  4. tim_horton

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    Based just on the last I'd go with the Carmina - the Meermin looks a bit too chisled for me and the Simpson last on the Carmina fits me perfectly. But that is purely a matter of personal opinion. I have several pairs of Carmina shoes, no Meermins (yet.) Both sound like a good value.
     


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    ^ I agree as I don't like Meermin's New Rey last, the Carminas looks incredible as well.
     


  6. lee_44106

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    Both made in Spain, perhaps by the same company.

    That $200 is in the guts of the shoe, quality you cannot see.

    Decision is up to you.
     


  7. New Shoes1

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    +1. Not a fan of the New Rey last, especially when compared with Carmina's Simpson last.
     


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    not made by the same company.
     


  9. Gdot

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    I'd also check with Carmina directly - as with the Euro in the tank their pricing should be well below the Amoury's at the moment.
     


  10. Quadcammer

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    I'm holding off for now.

    The Meermins pictured are on the VIL last. Jose is sending me sizing specs, particularly width, but I just don't think its going to fly.

    In a few weeks, they will make the same shoe on the new rey, which is a bit wider to my eye.

    The carminas are in the $500 range through the armoury. Their website doesn't have much inventory.

    If the sizing on the new rey is acceptable, I'll probably go with the meermins.
     


  11. steffenbp11

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    Are you sure the Meermins aren't on the Olfe last ? Mine are anyway...
     


  12. Quadcammer

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    Yes, quite sure. They use the above referenced shoe in their "last chart" under VIL

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    Also, the website lists it as being on the VIL last:

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  13. cbfn

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    I stand corrected, they are on the Vil last which is even narrower. If you'r going to MTO them I reccomend using the Hiro or Ama last if you have medium-wide feet, the New Rey is long and narrow.
     


  14. Quadcammer

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    for reference, the 9.5UK measurements for the outsole are as follows:

    Vil: 320mm length (12.6"), 106mm width at widest point (4.17")
    New Rey: 317mm in length (12.5"), 108mm width (4.25")
     


  15. gyasih

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    The New Rey in noticeably more narrow than C&J 348, at least on my foot.
     


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