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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. Leaves

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    Betty mentioned that they close the Carmina factory the last week of July and the first week of August. As you say Namor; Europe is pretty much on vacation. Many manufacturing companies are closed or have very limited staff from mid July to mid August.
     
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    A bit late, but I just came across your post about the boots you bought in Amsterdam at Sir Max. Congratulations - they're real beauties.

    Quick question for you .... Did they have much of a selection of Carmina? I am going to be in Amsterdam in September and might call in. From their web-site I can't see any mention of Carmina though ...

    Apologies also that this is my first post to this thread and I haven't contributed with any Carmina p0rn ... I'll borrow a camera though and post a shot later of the snuff suede brogues I picked up at the Armoury earlier this summer ... [​IMG]
     


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    I sent questions a month ago, well before the vacation period started, and never got any response. Maybe Carmina is Alden-like in its customer service, while Meermin is more AE-esque.
     


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    No they didn't have much, but you'll find Carmina at Zwartjes shops on Utrechtsestraat 123 and Gelderlandplein 219[FONT=arial, sans-serif] ([/FONT]zwartjes.nl)
    At Sir Max they sell more of EG, G&G, C&J, Saint Crispins, Alden, Santoni, their private lable and a few Carminas + StefanoBi,

    Sir Max is a must go, as well as few other shops (jojo, pauw, oger, meijers)
     
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    I think they are struggling to adapt to making direct sales to consumers, it’s pretty new to them and it’s a tough transition.

    If you are not satisfied with the service you get from the Carmina factory then maybe you would consider contacting a Carmina Flagship Store or a Carmina reseller instead, they are listed on the Carmina website.

    I’m not defending the fact that your e-mail has been unanswered, just providing a possible explanation and way forward for you if you are interested in Carmina.
     


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    be patient it takes s few emails with betty, but she was pretty good about fixing an issue for me when i received boots w/a cut on them so even though the whole purchase took forever, i was happy in the end
     


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    I once emailed the Paris store, but eventually got a reply from Betty anyway. I tried again when I got no response from the main email address, but this time I got no response at all. I considered calling the Paris store, but it's kind of a hassle from the US, & settling for the navy wholecuts was a pretty good fallback. I look forward to seeing your store online.
     


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    I've emailed Betty a number of times for various things and have always gotten a response. Sometimes if I was just asking about stock it would take a while (up to a week) but in the end she would always respond. When I was working with her on a MTO shell purchase the emails were pretty quick. I'd either try to email her again or contact one of the retail stores directly if that is a possibility. To me the value of buying direct is worth the hassle of emailing back and forth.
     


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    New pair of wingtips on the Rain last.

    [​IMG]

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    Question for you guys--there are (chalk? ink?) marks on the shoes as shown below. I'm a little concerned about trying to remove them since they're so close to the suede. Thoughts?

    [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     


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    why?
     


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    If it is chalk it will come off easily with just your finger or maybe a Q-Tip. If it is something like crayon your best bet is to scrape it off with a better knife or your fingernail. Beautiful shoes though. My next purchase is definitely going to be a suede/calf combo.
     


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    inorite? i'm dissapointed the suede wasnt marked up as well. would have looked really nice
     


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    This made me laugh more than it should have:)


    Thanks! I'll give it a shot.
     


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    I agree completely. That's why I was disappointed that lots of 'forth' from me got nothing 'back' from her or anyone else at Carmina.
     


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    Is it just the picture, or is there barely any chisel to the Rain last?
     


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