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

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

  1. P12OFIT

    P12OFIT Senior member

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    I want to take advantage of the MTO promotion but I'm a bit hesitant since it will be my first pair and I need to get the sizing right. I visited the NYC location yesterday and tried on an 8.5 Forest Derby, it felt amazing. I typically wear suits and would prefer to purchase an oxford which is where I ran into some trouble. After trying a few different sizes, I landed on a 9 Rain Oxford but wasn't sold. Based on how these shoes are made, the variation between the lasts, and obvious differences in derby vs. oxford fitting at the top of the foot does this make sense? For reference, I typically wear a 10D in the 65 last at Allen Edmonds.
     


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    Jazzmenco Senior member

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    freshstyle Senior member

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    Is there any difference between brown calf and brown vegano?
     


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    I am sorry to inform you that they do not have shoes with EEE lasts in stock. However, believe me you really DO want to go there and have you fitted by the owner and his son Sandro. It turns out both rain and forest lasts fit me quite well except the lacestay wont be able to close. My problem is really my high instep, and my love towards to closed lacing shoes, not wide feet(it's still wide, but not 3e wide). So they decided to add something under the last when they last the shoes so I would have more space. I already ordered a black wholecut today, and I'm planing on ordering one more pair with museum calf and medallion.


    I think the new code is newyork. I hope it helps
     
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  5. pediwear

    pediwear Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Wow! Good job, these look amazing, what dye did you use?
     


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    CanadaCal Senior member

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    To me you answered your own question pretty easily.

    If the forest derby fits amazing, buy it! Hardest part of shoe shopping is done.

    There are a few derby models that will work perfectly fine with suits.

    Your level or formality will be more noticeable on your leather choice then your oxford/derby dilemma.

    I’d personally go for 80499, 748 or 80449.
     


  7. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Since I had occasion to post these in another thread I will add them here just for gratuitous boot porn.

    [​IMG]
     


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    Gabru Senior member

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    Thanks, I used Feibing's Mahongany dye (3 coats). And finished with Saphir cream and polish.
     


  9. hmlarsson

    hmlarsson Senior member

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    My Hatch Grain Shell Cordovan Chukkas arrived today. Very happy!:)
    1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg
     


  10. mirinjobra

    mirinjobra Well-Known Member

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    May I know what color those are? I saw your post in the balmoral thread and this is the color I was looking for. Is this a regular brown suede? I am trying to MTO this boot.
     


  11. Manav Kapoor

    Manav Kapoor Senior member

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    I'm trying to consider sizing for the Forest last. I have Rain in 7UK and that is a bit narrow at the toes but fits well ITO length. I also have Detroit 7UK in unlined shell, which is more comfortable than Rain but I believe that is because the shell is more flexible than the lined calf, as the insole is more narrow at the toes.

    Carmina gave me the following measurements:

    Based on this, I should go half a size up for Forest, in the EEE width. How does the Forest heel compare with Rain/Detroit?
     


  12. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Yes - regular brown suede.
     


  13. mirinjobra

    mirinjobra Well-Known Member

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    Great - thanks!

    As I’m putting together an MTO, I noticed that there is an option to do dainite along with a double edged sole.. does anyone know what that means? Two leather soles with a dainite finish, or a single leather sole with two layers of dainite?

    If anyone is familiar with the burgundy cordovan peal and co boot from brooks brothers, is that one of the double soled boots?
     


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    Anyone can help here? I think I saw a post sometime back here saying take the same size as Simpson. But I contacted Carmina who said take a half size down from Simpson for the Soller. The descriptions I've read about Soller all seem to point that it's wide with a higher instep than Simpson.
     


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