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

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

  1. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    What hype are you talking about? People who own Carminas or have had the opportunity to evaluate the brand are giving their opinions. Plus, when a well-respected business like the Armoury is supplying a brand along with the likes of other brands that have a proven track record, such as G&G, it lends support to the conclusion that Carmina makes a solid shoe. Of course I would be interested in hearing negatives about the quality, if there are any, particulalry at its price point, but I don't see how a few threads, and one that is only 5 pages long with a few poasters giving praise to the brand for being overall a good value considered "hype."
     


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    +1, I have 1 pair of Carmina's, only got them about a month ago but they do hit the sweet spot for someone who was not all that impressed with C&J but wouls rather 2 pair's of $500 shoes that are quality as opposed to 1 pair of Eddie Greens or something equivalent.

    The last on mine (and what I can see of the others on the armoury site) are very elegant, and so far the leathers are great, they are comfy and have worn in perfectly. Time will tell of course and 1 month is hard to gauge a complete review, but it is still real world experience. The guy moaning about them above, if you don't like them don't buy them. Prob a mute argument though as you seem to be fairly negative about shoes in general (after reading the Grenson thread also).
     


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    those green shoes are fantastic!!!!!!
     
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    I have three pairs on the Simpson last - black, dark brown and suede oxfords - and love 'em. They fit my foot well, and I prefer them to my C&J Audleys. Not a quality issue but the C&J 337 looks a bit too elongated when compared to the Simpson. The Simpson hits the sweet spot in terms of shape and cost for me.

    I also have a pair of split toes on the Inca last. I get compliments on them but as I wear them I'm finding that they look too elongated and I'll probably avoid this last in the future.

    In terms of quality I have nothing bad to say about Carmina. Granted I'm not the kind of person to rip a shoe apart to see what makes it tick so I'm likely oblivious to the nuances that put a brand like, say, EG above Carmina but for me they are enough... Though if I have a good year I may splurge on some EG Dovers at the next Leffot trunk show, and will possibly become spoiled. :satisfied:
     
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    Carmina told me their women's line is made by Edward Green
     


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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
     


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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
     


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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
     


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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
     


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    Carmina is from the Balearic islands?
     


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


  12. PhiloVance

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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. . .
     


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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.
     


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    Boy, Ill say.
     


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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.
     


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