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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. toblov

    toblov Well-Known Member

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    Great. 50% when the order is placed, the rest at delivery.
     


  2. othertravel

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    Hey Leeves,

    Is Simpson really a narrow last, or is it a low-instep last? My feet are average width but have a low instep, and Simpson fits me fine.

    Also, which other Carmina last are good for a low instep?
     


  3. MGD83

    MGD83 Distinguished Member

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    Simpson really isn't that narrow in width - I think it's probably an American D. The reason that Simpson can be perceived as a narrow last is I think I best suits a very low instep. I have a pair of Simpson monks in suede that fit me fine, and I had a pair of oxfords that I had to sell because I just couldn't lace them up without suffocating the top of my foot. I don't find the Simpson last to be tight at all in the toe box or the forefoot area (ball of foot). That's only my opinion of course, I'm sure others will weigh in.

    As for the rain last, I find it to be more accommodating to a wider foot, but I don't find it to be exceptionally wider then Simpson. Honestly, I wouldn't even classify it as a typical US E width in, for example, the Allen Edmonds park avenue. For me, rain has less room/height in the toe box but more instep room. Also the heel cup is a bit higher too, which is a feature I like. I'd say this last is probably a US D boarder line E.

    The forest last is kind of a merging of the other 2 lasts. You have a shorter last with a higher toe box, and slightly more instep room then the Simpson and a higher heel cup. It's probably the closest to a true US D width.

    I find the forest last to be very comfortable for myself, and I think I has the best arch support when comparing it to Simpson and rain. Of course Simpson and rain are the better looking lasts because of the sleeker profile.
     


  4. RogerP

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    Quote:There's no way to accurately quantify this, but I find Simpson narrower than an American D. I can and do wear a number of AE shoes in a 10D. I can't get my foot into Simpson last shoe unless it is more than a full size too big. A UK 9 Simpson is hopeless for me. I'd put lasts like Robert and Forest as a "D", Rain as a "D/E" and Simpson as a "C/D" in terms of nitional US width for a given size.
     


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    This is exactly my experience as well. I find the Simpson to be very narrow.
     


  6. beez

    beez Senior Member

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    I do.
     


  7. halfnhalfnhalf

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  8. V1KTA222

    V1KTA222 Senior Member

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    Thanks Leaves and everyone else for the replies. Now I know not to go back to that boutique!
     


  9. bkotsko

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    There is an inherent beauty about the Jodhpur.
    While the Forest last isn't the sleekest, these boots are beautiful.
    Carmina x @Epaulet

    [​IMG]
     


  10. WiredandTired

    WiredandTired Senior Member

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    Steve at GF has done rain lasted jodhpurs. They turned out pretty great, much sleeker and refined.
     


  11. bkotsko

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    Yeah, the Forest just fits me best. Epaulet has Rain as well.
    Steve and Skoak have both done them.
     


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  13. ayush12345

    ayush12345 Active Member

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    Hi where can I check for a carmina GMTO ?
    anybody interested in a pair of oxfords or loafers in burgundy cordovan on simpson ?
    Its not offered on RTW as of now..
     


  14. Skoaktiebolaget

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    It's not technically a narrow last. We refer to it as "snug fitting" as it accommodates for a low instep and narrow feet but it is not a narrow fitting last per se.

    Other Carmina last that are notably snug around the instep are Robert and the loafer adapted Uetam last.
     


  15. Gianni Cerutti

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    I love this color...beautiful boots
     


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