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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. countbaron

    countbaron Senior member

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    You may be pleased to know that I do not consider you part of the Carmina bandwagon. You seem too 'genuine' for that.

    As for Grenson, the situation is simple they are currently low quality shoes.
    To say I am fairly negative about shoes is an idiotic statement if for nothing else because I am selling them here (see my post history). It is just that I don't like BS and hate when people try to pass commercial messages as honest opinions
     
  2. countbaron

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    Wow- I didn't know EG made women shoes. It must be a secret operation. Where can I buy them in the UK, is a catalog available?-

    I like to cross dress you know
     
  3. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    I have the suede double monk in this photo... love it. purchased at the Carmina shop in Palma for 200 euros ~ 2 to 3 years ago
     
  4. countbaron

    countbaron Senior member

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    Breaking news. I checked with some guy from Carmina and he said that Carmina men's shoes are also made by EG.

    Given the recent EG quality issues discussed in this forum I dont think it is a good idea to buy Carmina's. Lets stick to Vass
     
  5. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Carmina is from the Balearic islands?
     
  6. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    If so, then we have ourselves quite the conspiracy theory :sarcasm:
     
  7. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Senior member

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    Here is the relevant portion of an AAAC thread from 2006 regarding Carmina shoes:



    KenCPollock

    March 24th, 2006, 16:10

    For some pictures of a pair I got in Paris in November 2004, look here (at the heavier brogue; the captoe is an Aubercy which cost nearly 2 1/2 times as much).
    http://styleforum.net./showthread.php?t=6386&highlight=pollock

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    Roger

    March 24th, 2006, 18:51

    Mr. Pollock, as one of the true shoe connoiseurs on these fora and owner of more shoes than the Canadian army, how do you feel the Carmina shoes stack up against the usual RTW high-end suspects--EG, JLobb, Vass, et al.? I guess I'm wondering about quality of leather, quality of workmanship, style, comfort, handwork touches, etc.

    Vancouver

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    KenCPollock

    March 24th, 2006, 21:36

    I think I would rate basic Carminas pictured herein just a 1/2 notch below C&J handgrades and Grenson Masterpieces and about a 1/2 notch above Alden, Peal and C&J benchmades. The high toecap is similiar to Vass.
    However, the "naked" Carmina I bought last November, with the one-week long "special" antiquing thereafter applied thereto by the shop, was as unique and thrilling a Parisian experience as was eight days of shopping and dining with Ernest and Katia-really unique and well worth twice the 350 Euro price. The leather and construction may not quite be up to EG or J&M Handmade quality, but the finish is so spectacular that owing a pair should be a forum requirement to be a member of the "super forum" league. I know that AlanC posted pictures of them for me on one of the forums for me, but I cannot find them.

    I'm not sure how a shoe could be considered below grenson masterpieces (Mr. Pollock's opinion) but on par with EG. Although, as I sad earlier, I suppose the quality could have gotten a litte better in the last 5 years. . .
     
  8. hendrix

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    This was my understanding, and why i've ordered a pair.

    They're in a nice mid-range price and quality tier. Very good value, but i'm not expecting to get a $1500 shoe for $575.
     
  9. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Boy, Ill say.
     
  10. Newcomer

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    Interesting. The one thing I have to say in regards to that, is that evidently a whole lot can change in 5 years in the shoe business. Since that post, G&G has been created, we have had massive exposure to Vass, and Grenson Masterpiece is essentially defunct. I am not saying that what KP said is even remotely incorrect, but since I never handled Carmina up until now, I really can only comment on what I have seen. In my opinion, I would put them above C&J handgrade, personally. They may be made to a higher standard though for The Armoury? I am not sure. Thanks for pulling that up though, it is always interesting to see some necroposts.
     
  11. countbaron

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    well the frontpage of their site says "Mallorca". Which is the largest of the bals
     
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    Kev is on the deal simply because he is in the market for a pair of Double Monks maybe from Carmina pure and simple. Is he selling Carmina shoes ? why dont you just ask me instead of being a prick? The answer would be, yet again, a simple no. I dont have any horse in any race. So why dont you actually add something to the discussion, just remember your among the grown ups.
     
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    awesome, if nothing at least this would add to the choice for cordovan selection
     
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    Yep - I really want their shell loafer:

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  15. kev777

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    Sorry they didnt fit you mate, its awful when you think youve just got the item youve been coverting.
     
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    :plain: :D
     
  17. countbaron

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    Kev, where I come from grown ups don't call each other 'pricks'

    That leads me to conclude that we are from different places, which is fine as it takes all kinds- you know upstairs and downstairs kinda of thing.

    As for adding to the discussion on Carmina's merits I am afraid it is not possible as there is none. It is clear this is simply a marketing exercise, in which you seem to be participating –either as a naïve bystander (which I doubt) or as a commercially interested party.

    I mean for god sakes a ‘player’ like you just happens to be infected with the Carmina influenza at the same time there is such a push??

    For each Carmina that just got a website working there are tens of much better 'unknown' shoe makers across Italy alone.And even then we know that from time to time we get the occasional chancer from Italy coming over and posting their newest and greatest handmade shoes

    Oh God gives us Carminas
     
  18. countbaron

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    So kev and malford are mates.

    What a surprise. They float together
     
  19. countbaron

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    Well If

    1-you would put them above C&J handgrade-personally nonetheless-
    2- The armoury (whatever that may be) sells them

    it is case closed. These things are the best RTW shoe available over the internet

    Lets not forget Spoo and the Balearic connection :slayer:
     
  20. Achillus

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    The make incredible good looking shoes :).
     
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