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

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

  1. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    I have a pair of cordovan shoes in the Rain as well and find the fit very comfortable (my feet are on the border of medium and wide). I was hesitant about ordering a pair of suede loafers on the Simpson because I'd heard that this was Carmina's narrow last but after what you wrote above, I feel a lot more comfortable about getting them.
     
  2. taxgenius

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    What size are you in Carmina and other brands?
     
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    9.5 in Carmina Rain, Inca and also in all C&J lasts I've tried (236, 224, 240, 314, 325, 337, 348), 10 in RM Williams.

    The 348 is a little tight on the width for me so I'm got no plans to buy any more shoes on this last. The least comfortable width-wise (relatively) are the 337 and 348 lasts in C&J.
     
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    I wear a 9UK for the C&J 337 (Weymouth) which is a bit snug, 10.5D US in Allen Edmonds which is a bit loose. I'm guessing i'm probably a 9.5 on the Rain last.
     
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    Is the Weymouth snug on the width or length?
     
  6. Liquidus

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    Based on Garry Nelson's experiences, wouldn't you be a 9 uk on the rain last? The assumption is that the Rain is wider than the 337 and 348.
     
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    oops, don't like the toe shine...
     
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    @ Justin
    They are on the rain last.

    @Fritzl
    What don't you like about the shine?
     
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    the shine. personal preference. no worries.
     
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    I'm not worried :) just curious what other people think.
    Too much shine? Not enough? Placement?
    I tried to polish them s such a way that the shine would gradually increase towards the toe. I'm not a fan of abrupt shine transitions like you see when entire toe-caps are glazed.
     
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    no worries is a phrase.

    i'm in the mate finish camp. tbh, you don't want to know what i think...
     
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    It's a faultless mirror shine - well regarded amongst those who like that sort of thing. I'm not sure how the rest of your dye job will hold up up over time though.
     
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    If the dye job holds up like it does on the asquiths I did two years ago they should be fine. Worst case scenario is that I may have to re-dye them a bit should they become too brown. The shine isn't faultless yet btw, I'll finish it tomorrow.
     

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