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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. Beatlegeuse

    Beatlegeuse Distinguished Member

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    X-poast from Skoak thread, my first pair of Carmina...Armoury last is pretty sweet.
     


  2. europrep

    europrep Distinguished Member

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    X-post from AS thread since I'll get bias in each.


    Does anyone have experience with AS 99 last and Carmina Simpson last? I am trying to decide between these two monks. Carmina would be $100 more.

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  3. zippyh

    zippyh Distinguished Member

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    I've got AS Ramsey on 99, Carmina single monks on Simpson, and Carmina dub munks on Inca.
    What's your question?

    I find the 99 and Inca fit my feet better, but my feet aren't your feet.

    Since the AS is $100 less than the Carminas you're looking at, I'd go with AS.
     


  4. unipair guy

    unipair guy Affiliate Vendor

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    We have about six Carmina models that we will put on sale later this week. Keep your eyes open gentlemen. [​IMG]
     


  5. europrep

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    Thanks for your comments. I was primarily interested in a quality and longevity comparison between the brands. Does Carmina warrant the extra $100 in this case.
     


  6. dddrees

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    Longevity or durability really isn't a factor generally when comparing most goodyear welted shoes over the $300 mark. I really can't expect a pair of John Lobbs to last any longer than a pair of Allen Edmonds if they are both cared for properly. True some manufactures may use some better materials than others, but this is also true when they differentiate between their benchgrade and handgrade line of shoes. However this does not tend to affect the overall durability one way or the other with regards to various shoes.

    Fit should be your first concern as some Lasts by some manufactures will not fit you as good as others. If the shoe doesn't fit then those pair of John Lobbs won't get worn no matter how much you paid for.

    Is the shoe in the style I am looking for?

    Is the shoe as pleasing to my eye as it is to my feet?
     


  7. Cuttingboard

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    I'm hoping for single monk as well.
     


  8. mrjester

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    I agree with most of this. At that point, it's whatever you think fits better. Or whatever is local. Spending more for local is worth it in case you need to return, in my opinion.

    I do love Carmina but AS isn't stepping down by any means. If you post you're wearing AS, you won't be getting shit.

    eta: I know Wisith has both AS double monks and Carmina double monks. His screen name is... wj4... or w4j...? He posts in the Epaulet thread.
     
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  9. mrjester

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    Hasn't there been talk about that forever? Do you already have 6? PM around and see what interest you have, then take it to one of the manymanymany Carmina resellers. I haven't done an MTO with Epaulet just because it's so confusing in the thread and they get behind. I've done it with Skoak who is great and GFW which is great and local to Cali.
     


  10. Swede66

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    Both are nice, good quality shoes. I have three AS and two Carminas. I'd go for the AS in this case. If the Carmina was cheaper than the AS I would reconsider, but up to same price no doubt AS.
     


  11. europrep

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    Thank you everyone for your input.
     


  12. tim_horton

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    Thanks!
     


  13. aldenwear

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    i would like a black lizard single monk or those black lizard tassel loafers
     


  14. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Stylish Dinosaur

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    For carmina, are the only shoes available from the stores available the one from their boutique? Or do they have more styles/colors available just not online. example- ask them if they have a last/style in a certain color? (Or would they consider that MTO)
     


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    there are a vast array of offerings and options. Email them directly.........
     


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