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

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

  1. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    Where to buy???
     


  2. LOS1560

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    I was wondering if I could get some advice. Being inspired by these (http://imgur.com/a/rO3Wp) shoes to try and get a somewhat similar pair. I came up with this (http://imgur.com/a/wjzoR). I had asked Skoaktiebolaget and was told that the shoe is the model called 748 on the Forest last in Vegano Cuero (Tanned calf). I know there is a Tanned Vegano in Box Calf but I believe those are different. Or am I wrong?

    Now the question I had is in regard to sizing. I currently wear a 10.5 EEE in the Allen Edmonds 511 last. I should mention my heel slips a bit with that shoe though. I wasn't sure exactly what would be the best last for me from Carmina, perhaps a Rain? I was thinking of sizing down to a 9.5 UK with a EEE Carmina width which I believe is a E for Brannock device. I went to an Allen Edmonds store and was sized once more and was told that I was about a 10 to 10.5 on both left and right foot with an EE on left and EEE on my right foot. I went to a local Macys and decided to use a Brannock device myself and got the following (http://imgur.com/a/ngmWv) results.

    Any advice is really appreciated. Thank you.
     


  3. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    I bought them at a store here in Mexico, it's called Palacio de Hierro but they don't ship internationally.
     


  4. Gabru

    Gabru Senior member

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    understood, EG utah leather is really something, I almost like it better than shell!!
     


  5. Gabru

    Gabru Senior member

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    My first navy cordovan! The facing is a very tight grain leather in navy which Carmina calls naked calf. It adds just a tiny bit of surface interest when noticed closely..
    Also, team at carmina also accommodated my request to add heel counter to this model which I think looks really nice here. Build quality and QC is really top notch and I didn't really see any flaws whatsoever..
    (my son was adamant to include his car in the pic:smile:)
    Thanks @Carmina !!
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  6. TtownMD

    TtownMD Senior member

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    Yeah brother I do know what you mean just buy eg & call it a day you will be 1009% happy & satisfied. And congrats on your shell shoes !!
     


  7. MrUnderwood

    MrUnderwood Well-Known Member

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    They look awesome Gabru, the attention to detail of Carmina shoes is very high compared to the price you pay. Certainly kicks way above its weight class.
     


  8. peppercorn78

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    Amaze.

    Congrats!!
     


  9. ino68

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    Woah, Carmina allowed a pattern change?!!

    In the past they were absolutely militant against such things!

    Nicely done, and they turned out beautifully!
     


  10. Gabru

    Gabru Senior member

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    Thanks guys!!
     


  11. BossTweed

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    I am thinking of ordering the Austerity Brogue... on the ROBERT last, instead of the Simpson. Am I crazy?!

    I find the Simpson a bit too pointy for my taste (a bit too similar to my C&J 348 Hallam), and I feel like the brogueing will only accentuate that. I've tried the Robert and it seems like a reasonably elegant last to me, but I don't want any cognitive dissonance between the last and shoe style.

    Any strong opinions one way or the other? Does anyone have experience ordering more formal shoes in the Robert last?
     


  12. WilYa

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    Any chance to have the latest Horween arlington?
     


  13. usctrojans31

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    Doesn't sound too egregious. The only Carmina last that just strikes me as clunky is Detroit.
     


  14. sdfzs

    sdfzs Senior member

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    If some cool goat, pig or kudu/deer/elk/moose leather could be sourced i think the crowd would get moving. Obviously there is also more then shell and CXL cordovan coming out of Horween that could trigger a few idea's (Like waxed winnipeg or english tan dublin). I'd suggest source something cool for a few pair and let the crowd get going with idea's. I think the styles people will suggest will heavily be based on the availability and style of leather
     


  15. sdfzs

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    Sharing some inspiration from my recent pickup from the Palma store. Modell 737 double monks on the Philadelphia last in something explained to me as goat leather. It's very soft to the touch, far from the sturdiness of grain and thickness of the normal vegano calf. Apparently called "Jumilla" but i simple go with calling it burgundy grain goat (Perhaps @Carmina can pitch in and correct if wrong) It has this crazy smooth subtle grain structure that really caused all boxes to be ticked and me to reach for the wallet. Somewhat pricier than regular calf at 400 Euro.


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