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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. 007Bond

    007Bond Senior Member

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    Two things.

    1. I have no exp with the Robert last if Rain and Detroit fit me well would a Robert balmoral boot possibly fit well. As we all know everyone's foot is diff just putting out a feeler if anyone who has the last can comment on general fit I know there are no guarantees.

    2. Maybe this should have been first what are your thoughts on a green cordovan balmoral boot. I guess I am trying to wrap my head around working green into my rotation.
     


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    Hello,

    I am interested in purchasing the men’s Carmina Chelsea boot. I wear a 10.5US in most brands. Do you know what the proper conversion size is for Carmina? I’m not sure of their sizing for the Chelsea. I’ve tried searching this thread for specific posts and haven’t run across anything. My apologies if this query is duplicative. Thank you!
     


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  4. stephenaf2003

    stephenaf2003 Distinguished Member

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    It really depends on many things, but generally, I personally go with a full size down on all my Carmina’s. I’m typically a US 9E/9.5, and I get 8.5 in all of my Carmina’s. I’ve coincidentally got a pair of Chelsea’s in the mail on the Rain last that I’ve applied this principal to. I’ll let you know how they fit.
     


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    I'm going to be both in Barcelona and Majorca next month - anyone been to both stores? Worth a visit to both/either?
     


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    Which laces do you prefer the most?

    Carmina Cap Toe MTO.jpg
     


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    I think the flat shoelaces look way cooler.
     


  8. 007Bond

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    Hmm no one has a Robert boot that can comment on the fit compared to the Rain or Detroit?

    No advice on what you wear with green boots?

    I know this is not the AE thread where there are most post then anyone can keep up with but come on this is Carmina so I know someone is out there for sure that has some advice.
     


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    Thank you for the reply. I’m thinking of the boot with the Simpson last. I understand that it is usually recommended to go up a half size in that last. Therefore, my logic is 10.5US= 9.5UK + .5 = 10UK in Carmina Chelsea Boots. Fuzzy math, I know, but I’m open to other suggestions.
     
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  10. Bakes11771

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    I have Robert shoes. But nothing on the other two lasts that you mention.

    Robert is a bit narrow all around except for instep. I understand that Rain and Detroit are said to be wide.

    I would imagine those with wide feet might find Robert to be unaccommodating.

    That's the best I can offer for sizing.


    I have loden suede string loafers and they can go with navy, or khakis, in my experience. They are definitely bold. People will be looking at, and commenting on your shoes. Some compliments, some snide remarks.

    I would probably pass on the makeup at hand. Just doesn't seem like something that would get a lot of use, unless you are okay with that.
     


  11. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Senior Member

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    I wear Rain in 9.5UK and have a pair of Robert balmoral boots in the same size. I don't find much of a difference in the fit of each. Robert may be a hair shorter.
     


  12. stephenaf2003

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    I like the previous poster don't have experience with the last comparison's you mentioned. I've got all Rain and Soller lasted shoes/boots. I however, do not find the Rain last to be wide. I've got a 9EUS foot, and have to choose an 8.5 in the Rain last, and it's still touch and go with that. But, again everyone's foot is unique, so the issue I have with the narrowness in the toe area is an issue specific to me most likely.

    But, sorry no experience with Detroit, or Robert.
     


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    My biggest concern is just big toe room for example though the Inca last fits me fine due to the sharper cut to the toe point my big toe rubs and is all irritated after a few hours. I tried to find as many photos as I could of the Robert and it seems to have less of a cut then the Inca more like a Rain or even a Simpson but for sure its more than say Detroit. As is always the case the only real way to know is to try it on...

    Thanks for the feedback if I get them I will post a comp of the last.
     


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    Exactly my insights. Thank you for your feedback. ☺️
     


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    Double O, have you seen the top-down last photos on Carmina's site? It may help you assess the toe taper you are concerned about.
    https://www.carminashoemaker.com/about-last
     


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