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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. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Distinguished Member

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    Most recent purchase. Forest last captoe balmorals in black shell. I was without a good pair of black shoes and I wanted to try UK 10.5 in Forest, so I figured what the hey. While the length works in these, they are definitely a little tighter than the UK 11s I have, especially in the arch and instep. I would be interested to try a UK 10.5 wide, if such existed in the Forest. It's my impression that it does not, outside of MTO.

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  2. fritzl

    fritzl Stylish Dinosaur

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    hope it works out for you. they are wonderful.
     


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    NAMOR Stylish Dinosaur

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    Looking good FC. Are you a tts US11?
     


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    Beautiful!

    Carmina does an especially nice job on their shell shoes. It appears that they make them to a slightly higher standard than their calf skin shoes. (At least based on my limited purchases from them.)
     


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    They look absolutely beautiful, FC! Could you post some pictures after some wearing?
     


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    NAMOR Stylish Dinosaur

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    Im getting anxious and Betty has yet to respond. Fuck. Meermin responded within 2 hours but they don't have rtw shell boots
     


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    sinnedk Stylish Dinosaur

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    Namor, told ya she has a 24 - 48 hour turn around time, good luck anyways
     


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    Or more. My advice is to send her a 'tickler' email if you don't hear from her in 3-4 days.

    The more specifically you can address your needs (ie: An exact model number from the main website is your gest bet.)

    MTOs or general questions will take a while, IME.
     


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    Thankfully shipping to the US only takes a few days once the order has actually been placed!
     


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    ethanm Stylish Dinosaur

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    I wonder if an email in Spanish would garner a quicker response. I considered responding to her in Spanish but I was worried she would think it was condescending [​IMG]
     


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    +1

    Even when I was in the final stages of placing my MTO order, some email responses took 3 or 4 days. But in the end, every email received a response.
     


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    I have this same pair, but in calf. I find the instep/lacing area to be very snug and tight -- almost like my foot is being squeezed -- but in a good and comfortable way. My instep is fairly low and my foot is somewhat low volume in that area, so it seems to work for me.

    I hope they work out for you!
     


  14. FrankCowperwood

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    Thanks for all the comments, gents. I'll definitely post more photos once I've got them broken in and worn them around a little. Hopefully soon.

    And in re. your question about my tts, Namor, yes it is 11 on the Brannock. And right at the wide end of D, so I think the Forest UK 10.5 works well for me in the length, but may be a little narrow. UK 11 gets me the width I need at expense of a little unnecessary length. Such are the vagaries of trying to find your size by mail.
     


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    Those cap toes look great!

    Which CJ/EG/Vass/Alden/AE last is most similar to the Forest last in appearance? Some pictures make the Forest last look a bit blobby, others (like yours) make it seem slightly elongated...and all the comparison pics I see are minimally helpful and just shoe it next to some other Carmina last I'm not familiar with.
     


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