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

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

  1. aristoi bcn

    aristoi bcn Senior member

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    I would recommend you to stay with 6,5UK, with even more reason if you are going for a loafer.

    May I ask you how the fit on your Cleverleys is compared to Carmina Simpson?
     
  2. galileo

    galileo Senior member

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    Thanks, consider the Reddit gmto actually.

    Cleverley's heel cup grips well too, since I have slightly pronated &a flat feet, pressures exerted on pinky toes and they spray. There's protruding bone at ball and it hurts after wearing for whole day.

    For Simpson as it's suede, it's more forgiving while I feel not enough room to move toes, or slightly curled. Even though it's long,

    Simpson: long but narrow toe box - it's just long while not enough space for toes to extend & move freely. Instep good for me but bit restraining on left foot, as my instep got protruding bones and veins again. Heel grips well.

    Cleverley: Wider toe box tip areas, similar instep (Semi-brouge), widest part didn't fit my ball. Heel grips well.

    All my problem originates from bony instep and protruding ball bones.
     
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    vmss Senior member

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    Carmina makes some sense here. The "natural colored" lining that most makers use are chrome tanned unless they are using vegetable tanned lining then there would be definitely be some advantages other than that all are just colored with dyed. I have some shoes with "natural " colored lining and all are chrome tanned dyed with pastel beige color.
     
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    aristoi bcn Senior member

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    Thank you very much. I suppose we are talking about the same size, aren't we?
     
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    galileo Senior member

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    Both in UK7
     
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    galileo Senior member

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    Tried Uetam 6.5 and it works but I could still easily slip out my more slender right heel... so I bought other stuff at The Armoury.

    Thank you!
     
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    jet-stream Senior member

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    Howdy all ... many of you may know this, but looks like Carmina will be having a Memorial Day sale, 15% off orders placed through 29 May. Code is 15OFF-CARMINA and includes custom shoes.

    Happy hunting!
     
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    clarksdb Senior member

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    Hmmmm 15% makes the semi-brogue Inca light brown enticing. I'm a 8 UK in Rain, length okay though a little short and heel a bit loose. Should I go with 8 UK in Inca or 8.5 UK?
     
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    I use the same size in Rain and Inca.
     
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    Most people go same size Inca to Rain - length and width wise they are similar. The most distinct differences I would say are in the instep and heel - Inca is noticeably tighter in both the heel and instep compared to Rain.

    BTW, if you're interested, I have a very lightly worn pair of the tan Inca semi-brogues in size UK8 for sale: https://www.styleforum.net/buyandsell/carmina-tan-semi-brogue-oxfords-uk8-inca-last.74/
     
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    Osiris2012 Senior member

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    I'm looking at the same ones but burgundy.

    How would the soller or uetam translate to an Inca?
     
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    Meyboom Senior member

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    I have no experience with the Uetam last. Soller is a little roomier in the forefoot and instep than Inca in my experience, but I take both in the same size.

    BTW I have a pair of NIB burgundy semi-brogues in size 7.5UK on the Inca last, see my signature.
     
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    Cityplace Senior member

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    Can anyone walk me through the different grain-type leathers:

    1) Rusticalf vs
    2) Regular Grain vs.
    3) Essex Grain vs.
    4) Karangrein vs
    5) Snuff Suede Super Buck (what is this??)

    Which one would be best for handling salt/snow/rain ?
     
  14. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    This is a tricky one. I have Uetam in E and EE and Inca (EE) but I don't own a Soller lasted shoe. I have a low volume foot so the Uetam in E is 9 UK and in suede so we will take it out of the question. I have a Uetam full strap penny loafer in 9.5 UK in EE, it fits me perfect. You do have to take account for the very low instep in Uetam. If you ask me, I take the same size in Uetam (EE) and Inca, eventhoug Uetam will be shorter than the Inca. I think in Inca you have more space in the toes than in Uetam but my guess will be around 2 or 3 mm.
     
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    I did an MTO last year with Essex grain which is their hatch grain leather ( from Horween). Here is a pic of the same, IMO it looks good but has some issues with holding the finishing and needs more maintenance.
    DSC_0514.JPG
     

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