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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. loxo

    loxo Senior member

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    I'm looking to buy my first pair of Carminas. I'm in need of a very formal shoe to wear with a suit to evening functions like date night, the occasional ceremony/glad-handing, black tie event, or really any formal function. However, I really don't wear black shoes at any other time and would ideally like to get something that could be pretty versatile. In addition, I have a new infatuation for navy shell cordovan. If these navy wholecuts were cleaned up and polished before any formal events, would they look dark enough to pass for a black shoe?

    http://www.shop.carminashoemaker.com/articulo.asp?idarticulo=3857025

    Edit: Here's a pic I mercilessly stole from @RogerP

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  2. Unregistered

    Unregistered Senior member

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    Tax and duties for my black calf wholecuts came to $120 :(

    18% duty for shoes + GST (sales tax)

    That's how we have our "free" healthcare here in Canada!
     
  3. ino68

    ino68 Senior member

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    At least it's going to our dear government, and not FedEx, DHL....

    TNT once charged me $240 worth of 'stuff' on a $400 coat. I almost cried :)
     
  4. sacafotos

    sacafotos Senior member

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    @loxo

    Yes, mostly. You could also apply one coat of black polish to the navy shell.

    I'm going to go for a black wholecut and replace my black DM with something like Vass's Oxblood calf DM.
     
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  5. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    Gents im selling a pair of carmina navy shell uetem loafers (uk9). Have them listed in B&S. PM if interested
     
  6. unipair guy

    unipair guy Senior member

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    Some Carmina cordovan boots for your enjoyment.
     
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  7. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    those captoes are shell/suede? :slayer:
     
  8. unipair guy

    unipair guy Senior member

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    Yes they are. [​IMG]
     
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  9. All Tatters

    All Tatters Senior member

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    Nice boots! Are the austerity boots on the "Simpson bota" last?
     
  10. Leaves

    Leaves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    FYI, we just received a very similar Chukka. It's the 708 in Loden Suede. It will be online on Friday afternoon.
     
  11. unipair guy

    unipair guy Senior member

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    Robert last.
     
  12. Van504

    Van504 Member

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    will these be posted alongside the loden suede tankers mentioned before?
     
  13. Jazzmenco

    Jazzmenco Senior member

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    Great fit on the Forrest last. Doesn't look too bulbous to me @Namor
     
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  14. LeatherBoot

    LeatherBoot Senior member

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    I recently got a pair of Carmina penny loafers at the Barcelona showroom built on the Forest last and I am starting to wonder if the my instep is too high for them. I tried them on in the store walked around in them and everything felt good. I didn't have my usual problems with width or length or the heal slipping and while the vamp felt tight it was not uncomfortably so and the salesman (of course) said the vamp will stretch.

    Then I wore the shoes to dinner and about half way through my feet were in horrible pain from the shoes simply being on my feet....I have never experienced anything like it. I don't normally wear loafers with the exception of some low vamp Edward Greens. Hopefully the leather will stretch. *fingers crossed*
     
  15. dalevy

    dalevy Senior member

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    When did you try on the loafers? I really do notice a difference late in the day when wearing some of my tighter fitting shoes.
     
  16. LeatherBoot

    LeatherBoot Senior member

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    I tried them on in the morning. :/
     
  17. Sandwich

    Sandwich Well-Known Member

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    Wow! those look great. Particularly with jeans.
     
  18. Jazzmenco

    Jazzmenco Senior member

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    Thanks. They are a GMTO from Epaulet about a year ago. They're one of my favorite pairs.
     
  19. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    +1. It's common for feet to swell during the course of the day so that a pair that's comfortable in the morning could be uncomfortable in the late afternoon.
     
  20. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    Very true...especially if it really warms up in the afternoon.
     

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