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

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

  1. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    I believe all goodyear welted shoes are gemmed and by extension, all Carminas. Maybe DW can confirm this.
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  2. banis

    banis Senior member

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    I believe all goodyear welted shoes are gemmed and by extension, all Carminas. Maybe DW can confirm this.
    Vass, being goodyear welted, IIRC correctly is not gemmed. However, I may be mistaken.
     
  3. srivats

    srivats Senior member

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    Vass, being goodyear welted, IIRC correctly is not gemmed. However, I may be mistaken.

    You are right ... vass is hand welted and no gemming.
     
  4. Mr. Pink

    Mr. Pink Senior member

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  5. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Awesome. I'm quite impressed by Carmina. I'm going to Spain at the end of the month. I really don't know how I'm not going to leave with five new pairs of shoes. I'll probably have to have some of them shipped home. :slayer:
     
  6. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Alas, none of those are mine... Carmina website has been updated fairly recently and now displays more shoes/boots than previously shown, as well as many of their lasts.
     
  7. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Yes. Apparently they opened a new shop in Barcelona on Passeig de Gracia. Score. And i'm picking up that brown suede/leather spectator.
     
  8. Achillus

    Achillus Senior member

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    Wonderfull :).
     
  9. VRaivio

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    ...finally they've updated their website. I had no idea Carmina had so many models and lasts -- and for ladies, too. Now if I only had a lady to shoe up...

    Here's some porn in boot form: derby boot, model 797 in mid-brown (as in not Cigar or Ravello) shell cordovan, Forest last, leather soles. As for price-quality ratio, Carmina brings the most bang for one's buck in RTW shell cordovan models. Do forget Alden.

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  10. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    beautiful. the last is perfect
     
  11. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    It all starts with a trip to Paris...

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    Sure, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame are must see attractions. However, no trip to Paris is complete (as far as SFers are concerned) without a visit to Carmina.

    The 'soldes' were on, but alas, the following pair was not on that list. C'est triste.

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    More pictures, including lickable soles, are included in the spoiler.

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  12. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    hendrix: thank you. I had one pair of Carmina dress brogues in Forest last, but I feel this last looks much better with boots. It's actually very contoured, very much like G&G's last 06, only suitable to those with narrow ankles.
     
  13. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Technically speaking Goodyear welted refers to a process which typically involves gemming. Any shoe that is advertised as being Goodyear welted should be suspected of using gemming. The original Goodyear welted shoe relied on a rather complex and not very functional method of cutting two channels in a leather insole and folding them up perpendicular to the surface of the insole. I am not sure how many factories still use this method but it was more or less abandoned in favour of the gemming years ago. I would suspect that there are not many machines left that can cut and fold the channnels. But the term Goodyear welted" is based on the a machine invented by a fellow named Goodyear. It requires a standing rib of some sort. Nine times out of ten if it is Goodyear Welted it is gemmed. There are also machines that can channel an insole and sew an inseam much like a hand welted inseam would be done. It is my understanding that this method is not "Goodyear welted" however. It is something else again. The machines that do this are few and far between and are difficult to control especially on narrow toes. Vass is hand-welted...they are not Goodyear welted. If someone says they are, they are misusing the terminology--I read the book, cover to cover.
     
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  14. malat

    malat Senior member

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    I was in Paris in May and bought the second pair from the left. I wanted those suede/calf onces on the right, but the only size they had was a half size too small. Bummed. I still might order them, though I've fallen in love with the walnut Carmina pair that I did score.
     
  15. KObalto

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    Me too. I really liked those shoes, but none in my size. I walked out with nothing, but my wife scored.
     

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