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If this sways you’re thinking. The maker in question made these in olive Shinki and value for money wise damn near unbeatable. These are on JR soles. Sorely tempted by a similar makeup as you suggested as my friend got the brown and it’s beautiful!

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Looks great. However, do you have low instep is just how that particular style is?
 

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It’s so long ago I don’t remember. I doubt it was that low for Cordovan, but I also was getting VAT refunded at Madrid airport. Calf was probably in that low 200s range after VAT refund. I had a project there so was purchasing a pair monthly on each trip.
At those prices I would be too. Have you noticed a change of quality from then to now?
 

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First of all, how dare you. There is room for ONE Don Draper picture in this platform, and it ain't you. I'll fight you.
I hadn't realized. :lol:

You're season 1 Don Draper, I'm season 2 Don Draper.

........I really don't know which seasons our Don Drapers are from, I'm just talking out of my ass.

I like your avatar btw :wink:
 

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15 years....
And some ppl are debating hand welted is better than good year welted as the shoes can be resoled more times....
I wonder when will I need to resole my first pair of shoes
One of the reasons I justify to myself buying shoes at $500+ is that I know I'll get 20+ years of wear out of them (at least that's what I tell myself...) so your post goes someway to making me feel better about my purchases!

Out of curiosity though, have your non-Cordovan Carmina shoes held up as well in the intervening years? Or is the longevity attributable primarily to the leather quality?
 

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One of the reasons I justify to myself buying shoes at $500+ is that I know I'll get 20+ years of wear out of them (at least that's what I tell myself...) so your post goes someway to making me feel better about my purchases!

Out of curiosity though, have your non-Cordovan Carmina shoes held up as well in the intervening years? Or is the longevity attributable primarily to the leather quality?
You missed one important thing about going 20+ years on shoes. They will likely look great with patina after all that wear as a bonus assuming you've taken care of them.
 

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Yes, totally agree and great point.

Have you seen the bespoke brogues that Prince Charles has worn for decades? They look better than anything off the shelf. Amazing patina.
 
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