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PACostag

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Post pics?

Some part of horween shell can be as thin as 2.5 to 2oz like 0.8mm, some parts are 2.5mm, which is insane variation in a hide. Compare to Italian shell which is shaved to the same thickness.

TBH Carmina can click it in a lot of ways, I highly doubt they will click the thickest part to the vamp, i would think it's all random. Carmina also apply their own finish which can hide a lot of weird horween shell parts that is around the edge.
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The Bourbon pair has some awesome rolls, the green pair is okay (kinda) with sharp creases, then the burgundy pair looks like absolute trash IMO, wish super sharp creasing (after a single wear) (photo was taken after smoothing down their sharpness with a damp cloth)

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Pictures always help :)

The Bourbon pair has some awesome rolls, the green pair is okay (kinda) with sharp creases, then the burgundy pair looks like absolute trash IMO, wish super sharp creasing (after a single wear) (photo was taken after smoothing down their sharpness with a damp cloth)

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You and I have very different definitions of trash. I think they look great. I have a pair of Aldens (don't have pic right now) that have really thin shell on one vamp, and they are wrinkled like crazy. I can get that extreme not being someone's aesthetic, but that's very little creasing I'm seeing.
 

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Pictures always help :)

The Bourbon pair has some awesome rolls, the green pair is okay (kinda) with sharp creases, then the burgundy pair looks like absolute trash IMO, wish super sharp creasing (after a single wear) (photo was taken after smoothing down their sharpness with a damp cloth)

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As @madhat noted, I think this is well within the range of "normal" for shell. Not really sure what else to say here. It's a natural material. All three pairs look good to me.

I think we might be the same size so if you are looking to offload the hatch grain pair feel free to shoot me a note.
 

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Pictures always help :)

The Bourbon pair has some awesome rolls, the green pair is okay (kinda) with sharp creases, then the burgundy pair looks like absolute trash IMO, wish super sharp creasing (after a single wear) (photo was taken after smoothing down their sharpness with a damp cloth)

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These I would not call "sharp creases"; these are just normal rolls in shell and all three look great.
 

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I'm sticking with what I said from the get-go... given the limited amount of shell you have now, I would go for Armagnac, a darker shade of Bourbon, or perhaps the best option given your last note here would be Color #4, which is reddish brown without being RED(!!). If you do decide to go with Ruby, I would explicitly request shells that skew towards brown. They will still be very red but I think you will be happier with the outcome.
I went for Armagnac in the end. Thank you for your input.
 

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Pictures always help :)

The Bourbon pair has some awesome rolls, the green pair is okay (kinda) with sharp creases, then the burgundy pair looks like absolute trash IMO, wish super sharp creasing (after a single wear) (photo was taken after smoothing down their sharpness with a damp cloth)

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Yeah, those are definitely not creases. If you want to see the pretty obvious differences, put them next to worn calf.
 

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Folks on 7.5UK rejoice.
Carmina has posted a large batch of shoes and boots on the outlet at 30% off, exclusively on that size.
Unfortunately, that seems to be their standard demo size. If they had any sense, it would be UK8.5 :lookaround:
 

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