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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. diglett

    diglett Senior member

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    Absolutely. My calf Carmina bal boots with a suede shaft lace up nice and tight, but my cordovan (lower and shaft) bal boots don't even nearly lace up all the way, and are far too tight on the toes.

    Live and learn, I suppose.
     


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  3. europrep

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    I own the DC Lewis (Kent Wang) and love them. They are museum and mid -brown though, so it doesn't fit your dark brown criteria.

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  4. razl

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    You've got quite the apple and orange to compare there. The Carmina is a full brogue, while the KW/DCL is a 1/2 or 2/3 brogue. Plus, the Carmina is a wingtip while the KW/DCL is a captoe. There's a lot of stylistic difference there which is really up to you and personal preference.
     


  5. meister

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    The Kent Wang is much better leather and higher construction standards IMO.
     


  6. Ironist

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    I have #2. Mine is actually a bit darker than europrep's since I used darker polish and wax. The fiddleback soles on KW shoes are much better than the Carmina. If you liked the mottled look of museum calf you should go with the KW. However, I agree that this is really a personal choice. These two are different enough that preferences should come into play. Personally, I like the semi-brogue better than the full wingtip.

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  7. partyof6

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    My first Carminas. Tobacco suede chukkas on Detroit last. Dainite soles. This is the "old" shade of tobacco. Needed a casual shoe that could take some rainy weather. These will work great. Thanks Skoak for the fantastic service and fast delivery.

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  8. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    I keep almost pulling the trigger n those. congrats! They look great!
     


  9. partyof6

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    Thanks! When I heard that the "old" tobacco shade was no longer available, I jumped on these.
     


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    Those tobacco chukkas are beautiful. Congrats!
     


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    Wow. Awesome. I'm a huge fan of the Detroit last as of late and combined with the Dainite sole...[​IMG]
     


  13. razl

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    Thanks, good to know.

    I don't doubt DLC's quality since its been attested too so often, but I think KW+DLC could do with some better pics. Comparing the two from a picture standpoint and ignoring stylistic differences, the Carmina looks better.
     


  14. partyof6

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    Thank you. I was a bit nervous with the Detroit last because i couldn't try it on before buying. No one around me stocks it. But thankfully, the fit is great and I think the shape is perfect for a casual boot.
     


  15. MGD83

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    Does the Detroit fit similar to Rain in width and length?
     


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