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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. NJE66

    NJE66 Well-Known Member

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    RogerP//

    Thank you for sharing. Great boots. Robert last?
     


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    pediwear Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi

    Our experience is that the Soller last is quite wide and that people often need to take half a size down. The Simpson is quite a narrow last and we find most people require half a size up, so I would recommend with confidence that you discount the previous post you saw. The only concern would be whether half a size down from your Simpson size would be enough??

    Mike
     


  3. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Yessir. My fave last for a Carmina bal boot.
     


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    mirinjobra Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't seem like anybody knows about double dainite..
     


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    mirinjobra Well-Known Member

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    Does it fit the same as normal width forest if you have tried that last before? And do you size a half down for suede boots from your normal size?
     


  6. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    The whole point of having different lasts is to accomodate different shapes / dimensions of different feet. The Simpson and Soller lasts are complete polar opposites within their lineup. One a very narrow, snug fit with a low instep, the other a very voluminous, generous fit with a high instep. If your fit in Simpson in any given size is "perfect" then I suggest you avoid Soller all together.
     


  7. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Close enough in fit with Forest that I would take the same size. Width across the forefoot is too close for me to meaningfully distinguish, but Forest as a taller and slightly wider toe box.

    I have never taken a different size suede versus calf in a given shoe or boot.
     


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    RogerP Senior member

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    Knows what about double Dainite? Genrally that refers to a Dainite sole with a leather midsole (leading, obviously, to a thicker sole overall versus a Dainite sole with no additional midsole). It does not generally mean two Dainite soles stacked one on top of the other.
     
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    Butterfeet Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the advice. What other lasts would you recommend then, for someone whose feet fit Simpson?

    I do have Inca in 7UK and it fits pretty well. Not as perfect as Simpson 7.5UK but well enough.
     


  10. usctrojans31

    usctrojans31 Senior member

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    Alcudia and Uetam. Word on the street is that Buger (sp?) is reasonably close, but I've not tried it.

    I wear Simpson pretty regularly, and I can't wear Rain, Forest, or Detroit.
     


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    mirinjobra Well-Known Member

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    Interesting.. do you know if most premade boots come with it? I have many premade boots but don’t really know if they have double sole dainite. The one I think has it is the peal and co cordovan burgundy boot.. just trying to figure if I should get double for a suede balmoral that will be used casually, same as the one you posted earlier
     


  12. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    1) I don't know about "most" but in any given season you can find some stock / off the shelf boots configured that way.

    2) People have different ideas of casual, but I would not buy a formal bal boot for casual wear. The world is full of excellent derby boots for that role.
     


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    RogerP Senior member

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    Exactly. And I wear Rain / Detroit / Soller just fine but can't wear Simpson / Alcudia / Uetam at all.
     


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    Butterfeet Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of uetam loafers in 7UK (I wear 7.5UK Simpson), but the toe area is cramped. Uetam 7.5UK gives me heel slippage though.

    Never tried alcudia. But both Simpson and alcudia are sleek and more for formal styles, and I'm looking for something more casual this time which is why I'm looking at Soller. I remember trying on Detroit and Rain 7UK and found them decent enough.
     


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