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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. easy_golfing

    easy_golfing Senior member

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    do carmina's come with a 3/4 insole padding, or are they just flat insole like most AE shoes?
     


  2. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    Someone with more knowledge might be able to answer this better, but generally I find Carminas to have more insole padding (especially in the heel area) relative to other shoe brands. In this respect, they definitely seem at the different end of the spectrum vs. AE.
     


  3. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Senior member

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    I have to say the shoes are really something to behold. Very substantial feel to them with some nice sole work on a very elegant last (Forest). By coincidence, I picked up a couple of pair of split-toe shell cordovan loafers for C&J for PRL for re-sale. I believe both shoes use Horween, but the Polo shoes just don't feel or look to be as well put-together. Carmina's stitching appears to be done much better, to my eye anyway.

    I'll try to take some comparison pics before the C&Js go out the door.
     


  4. easy_golfing

    easy_golfing Senior member

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    is the 3/4 padding removable ? i like to throw some full length inserts in my shoes
     


  5. wishiwasricher

    wishiwasricher Senior member

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    hi guys,

    I have stolen this fro (i think). A member caled claus posted a whole heap of shoes that he took a photo of in a carmina shop.

    Can any Carmina expert name the model and colour for me?!? Im trying to decide on a pair of tan/medium brown shoes and love the look of these carminas! (the tan/brown shoes at the front of the photo!)



    [​IMG]
     


  6. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    No idea. Someone here with more knowledge than me (or Betty from Carmina) would have to answer this.

    One thing to consider... some of the narrower lasts (Alcudia, Simpson) might have more snugness and arch support in the heel & instep areas than just about any other rtw shoe. Are you 100% determined to use your own inserts?

    Cheers.
     


  7. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    I'm not even sure what last that is. If this is going to be your first Carmina purchase, I'd recommend first figuring what last and size will work best for you (in terms of fit), and then zero in on the specific model+color you're interested in (between the armoury and Carmina's webstore, you should be able to find something you like).
     


  8. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    very interesting. i note the same attention to sole edging/detailing on my carmina shells. nicer than on my carminas in calf. i presume that they put the extra effort into the shell shoes because of the increased price. this is not something that C&J does. however, I couldn't say my C&J finsburies in shell leave anything to be desired in any other way. very solid, very well put together.
     


  9. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Senior member

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    Here's another pic - Model 957, Burdios or Bordeaux shell cordovan on the Forest last:

    [​IMG]
     


  10. Dmax

    Dmax Senior member

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    This looks like model 922c on Rain last in cognac calf . Clicky
     
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  11. wishiwasricher

    wishiwasricher Senior member

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    Thanks a heap Dmax.

    I am pretty sure i am going to try and get these- just have to find a place to buy them. I have tried the armoury but they dont seem to have them. Should i contact the store in spain? I sent an email a while back but had no response. Anyone know any other places to kop carmina shoes?
     


  12. hrv123

    hrv123 Senior member

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    Has anyone come across a pair of Carmina Suede Tassel loafers other than the ones on The Armoury? I'll be in Madrid this summer and would like to pick up a pair if they exist. Alternatively I'll likely pick up C&J Cavendish before I leave. Any ideas?
     
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  13. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    If you're 100% certain of what you want (last, model, leather, size), you can order MTO direct through Carmina. The cost works out to be about equivalent to what you'd spend if the armoury already stocked it. Email [email protected]. The only caution with going this route is that you won't get the hand holding that the great folks at the armoury provide.
     


  14. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    My first carminas:

    [​IMG]

    They are beautiful especially the color and the last. When I tried them on they squeeked hopefully that'll go away once they are broken in
     


  15. BCN Citizen

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    I've seen that model in Brown at Barcelona's store. The sole is Daynite. Priced around .400€

    Greetings from BCN,
     


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