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

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

  1. runningfrog

    runningfrog Senior member

    Messages:
    511
    Likes Received:
    106
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2007
    Location:
    Bay Area
    

    actually, the first time i wore them (friend's birthday party), no one even noticed them or mentioned anything. last night, a couple friends commented before dinner, but i had already told them i was going to wear them.

    i think they look pretty normal from far away. you can't really see the texture/color of the python skin until you look from closer.
     
  2. SoGent

    SoGent Senior member

    Messages:
    1,636
    Likes Received:
    384
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Location:
    right here, for now
    my version came in today & i wanted to say the above pic is CLOSE to the shading IRL but not as
    'orange' as the picture. in daylight they are browner and absolutely do represent cognac well.
    personally, i don't think anyone should worry too much about them being more tan unless the
    expectation was a truly dark version of cognac. the lighting in this pic alone is throwing the shade off a little.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  3. diglett

    diglett Senior member

    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    73
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    [​IMG]
     
  4. SoGent

    SoGent Senior member

    Messages:
    1,636
    Likes Received:
    384
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Location:
    right here, for now
    woops
     
  5. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

    Messages:
    4,616
    Likes Received:
    740
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2010
    Location:
    The Forum
    I am sure after a few coats of Saphir's dark brown cordovan cream that will darken it up well.
     
  6. diglett

    diglett Senior member

    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    73
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    ^ Is the cream you're referencing the same as the Saphir creme available from Leffot? I don't remember seeing anything specifically about cordovan in the item description, so I'm not certain.
     
  7. sinfjotli

    sinfjotli Senior member

    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    129
    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2011
    Location:
    California
  8. diglett

    diglett Senior member

    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    73
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
  9. Patek

    Patek Senior member

    Messages:
    2,969
    Likes Received:
    195
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2010
    Location:
    Delawhere?
    

    Does anyone else find this ironic?
     
  10. diglett

    diglett Senior member

    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    73
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Heh, good catch. If I recall correctly from one of my vocabulary hunts, "austerity" means "plainness or simplicity in appearance or style."
     
  11. mymil

    mymil Senior member

    Messages:
    1,039
    Likes Received:
    125
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Location:
    Morgantown, WV
    I would hesitate before attempting to darken shell using a pigmented cream. I don't think it would work very well. My pair of saddle shell boots has darkened over the course of a year, but it will never be dark brown.
     
  12. Frank the sheep

    Frank the sheep Senior member

    Messages:
    863
    Likes Received:
    100
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Location:
    Sweden
    I was at Skoaktiebolaget today and the store manager showed me a MTO boot another customer did, but with shell from the same batch.

    They looked great and not as light as you might think from the pics. Lighter than Nick Horweens boot but far darker than sadle shell.
     
  13. Mr. Six

    Mr. Six Senior member

    Messages:
    3,511
    Likes Received:
    8,641
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2009
    I received my MTO boots yesterday. They're beautiful but not what I had in mind when I joined the MTO. I would have been happier if Carmina had just said that they couldn't source cognac shell that matched the reference photo.

    Here are some photos, which I think are pretty accurate in terms of color. The comparison boots are Carmina x Epaulet brown CXL.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  14. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

    Messages:
    618
    Likes Received:
    104
    Joined:
    May 30, 2012
    Why they made such uneven seam? Does it refer to the "handmade" or it's a standard for Carmina nowadays?
    Would be nice if they have a better quality control, boots are not cheap.

    Other than that it's a good looking boots.


    [​IMG]

    Color is close to Vass' whiskey.
     
  15. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

    Messages:
    5,659
    Likes Received:
    13,569
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2011
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    I picked mine up today as well and I have to agree with you, they're not what I had in mind. They fit well but are essentially a double of my Coniston boot albeit in shell instead of scotchgrain. I would have been happier if we had been told from the beginning that the shell to be used was going to be lighter than the reference picture.

    I am disappointed with the colour and let me explain why:

    These are my saddle shell Carminas:

    [​IMG]





    For comparison, these are my Lindricks (also Horween shell):

    [​IMG]


    The box may be labelled Cognac but the boots appear far closer in colour to the saddle shell than to the darker shell used for the Lindrick which is what I (and it seems a number of us) were expecting. This is the picture of the reference boot supplied as the basis of this MTO:

    [​IMG]


    This is the Anderson cognac shell jumper boot by Carmina for Epaulet and this is what I was expecting when we specified cognac shell:


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by