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That would be great. I also think we're not the best bunch for such a project, but I do think that's the only real flaw of the Carmina lasts, i.e. the generally disproportionately large heels.
 

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That would be great. I also think we're not the best bunch for such a project, but I do think that's the only real flaw of the Carmina lasts, i.e. the generally disproportionately large heels.
I think large heels is true for a lot of manufacturers. My c&j shoes are worse than Carmina. The sineu last, for me, was a move in the right direction.
 

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That would be great. I also think we're not the best bunch for such a project, but I do think that's the only real flaw of the Carmina lasts, i.e. the generally disproportionately large heels.
I am in this camp. Rain in UK 8.5 is loose in the heel and tight in the toe box (width-wise). Simpson in UK 9, though, is one of my best fitting lasts (if a bit long and pointy), as is C&J 363 in UK 8 (probably nearly perfect) and to some extent Vass F in 42. So a rounder last with a tight heel would be welcome.
 

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We would have to create a new last for this, I'd need to prepare a pitch with the suggestions to ask if possible.
What about the option of fiddleback waist on the soles?
 

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I think large heels is true for a lot of manufacturers. My c&j shoes are worse than Carmina. The sineu last, for me, was a move in the right direction.
A lot of people seems to love the sineu last, but i generally find almond shaped lasts to be less attractive in larger sizes.
 

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Am I the only one who thinks Carmina has enough variety of lasts?

Not only in lasts - which at the latest count was 31 on their website - but also in soles (19), leathers (46) and colours (29). It's a bit overwhelming for the someone without the knowledge that those on SF have, or the customer of a more casual variety.

As someone with a passing interest in their shoes (I own two pairs of Carminas) from the outside looking in I think they would be well served by optimising their line a bit.
Last enough for sure. On the leather side some additions would be great (Utah, hatch grain for example)
 

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To be fair, I am more excited for leather/ model creations than lasts.

I could go down a rather dangerous route given it would imply a complete new fit. I did take note on the feedback regarding a forest EEE - Sineu mash up.

How about a Sineu EE heel and a EEE front?
Sara, good morning. So, you’re proposing a Sineu EE heel (the normal heel for this last) and a Sineu EEE front? That would help, but the reason I thought of blending the Sineu with the ForestEEE front is because the Forest toe is generally more balanced and versatile. It’s a fine round shape that works on every type of shoe and In every occasion. Sineu is a substantially more elongated.

Overall, this new SF last creation is an excellent idea and fantastic way of interacting with your customer base.
 

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To be fair, I am more excited for leather/ model creations than lasts.

I could go down a rather dangerous route given it would imply a complete new fit. I did take note on the feedback regarding a forest EEE - Sineu mash up.

How about a Sineu EE heel and a EEE front?
I think another change that might be welcomed is an option for a chunkier flat welt. Good example below from another maker. Currently, Carmina offers a choice between either the closely trimmed and dressy flat welt OR the chunkier storm welt. I suspect a chunkier flat welt would be a desirable option for some of us.

Also, it would be great to have an option to stain/color the welt before the stitching is applied that way it could be possible to have a light colored welt stitching with a darker welt & edge. Currently, the only way to get white stitching is to choose a natural color welt.

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