Carmina Shoes - Definitive Thread (reviews, advice, sizing, etc...)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by w.o.e.is.me., May 3, 2011.

  1. stef_b29

    stef_b29 Member

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    Hello there. by any chance, could anyone here PM Betty's mail, please? I would like to place an order and check these shoes out by myself. Thank you in advance guys.
     
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  2. meister

    meister Senior member

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    carminashoemaker.com
     
  3. kev777

    kev777 Senior member

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    Is it just me that finds the website not very user friendly?? Could do with a very heavy overhaul
     
  4. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I'm sure one is in the pipeline.
    I did send them a message through the site over a week about purchasing a pair of shell loafers. No one ever got back to me.
     
  5. stef_b29

    stef_b29 Member

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    So did I. no reply yet.
     
  6. countbaron

    countbaron Senior member

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    My My

    One goes on vacation and returns to see how far the artificial Carmina bandwagon has gone...

    One is impressed

    Lots of effort here to promote this brand. Of course any reference to coordinated action by interested parties must be put aside as conspiracy theory

    Go for it boys, and get buying these masterpieces before the factory closes down
     
  7. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Countbaron is right. I hate all this bandwagoning. I'm making sure to avoid Carmina, Edward Green, C&Js, G&G, Lobbs, Santoni, Corthay, JM Westons, etc. All those brands suck, and I can't take how all of you say anything positive about them - especially you dolts who have direct experience with the shoes.
     
  8. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    lol. he almost has a point though.

    Their price point and reviews indicate that the quality is somewhere between C&J benchgrade and handgrade. That's what i'm expecting when i receive them and i'll be absolutely satisfied with that. Those "quality indicators" above don't really seem to be of that much significance IMO, it's not like they're doing handwelting at that price. There's no need to exclaim that they are some ridiculously good deal. People should stop searching for the ultimate bargain and just accept that they're paying for luxury shoes. Nice shoes, nice price, can afford, buy.
     
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  9. PipersSon

    PipersSon Senior member

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    Me neither.
     
  10. meister

    meister Senior member

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    My reply from Betty took a week or so. The follow up was faster. I think once you break thru the first email address you get onto the carminashoemaker site and it is more direct. I suspect they are new to internet selling.
     
  11. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I met with these guys while at Pitti in June. Surprisingly, they do a TON of business in Japan. It's their largest market outside of Spain. They're beautiful shoes.
     
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    lexmann Senior member

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    That's why the staff in their Pairs shop is Japanese. Young ladies but are very knowledgeable about fitting, leather, construction,...
     
  13. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Yes they do!

    Band wagoning or not, from my point of view Carmina offers one of the best price quality ratio in the market, and I have experience of wearing them, Alden, Vass, C&J, EG amongst others. The only issue with Carmina that I have is some of their designs are rather quirky but there are enough classic designs to go around for me.
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    i rate them higher...
     
  15. PipersSon

    PipersSon Senior member

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    I just got a reply from them. I think it would be great if as potential buyers we (i.e. SFers who are corresponding with Carmina) could share info on pricing, etc.

    Interested parties can PM me.

    Question: where can I find info on how their lasts fit? They tell me that their 8.5UK = 9US, which would make them in the same sizing range as EGs.
     

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