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More Carmina Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by teddieriley, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    I just returned from a trip to Spain and had the pleasure of visiting both of the Carmina stores in Barcelona and Madrid. The staff in Barcelona was very gracious and accommodating. Not only did the Barcelona store keep e-mail contact prior to my visit, answering questions and doing their best to ensure they would have the sizes of the shoes I was interested in at the store, they also readily agreed to send the shoes I purchased ahead to Madrid, which was the last city I visited during my trip. That way, I could pick up the shoes, along with any shoes I purchased in Madrid (due to size or style limitations in Barcelona), carefully packaged and ready to be checked-in for my flight back home. Paying an extra 35 euros for the check-in was significantly cheaper than having the store ship the shoes to my home address. The gentlemen in Madrid were just as nice and helpful.

    I am quite impressed by the overall leather and construction. While I'm no expert, I am certainly more impressed by Carmina over C&Js (both handgrades and benchgrades).

    Below are a few pics of my visit and the damage. Enjoy.

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    Inventory of shoes on sliding shelves:
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    Shelf of shell for you fans of shell:
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    Madrid (on Claudio Coello):
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    Shoes I purchased:
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    Shell Wingtips in Bordeaux, Rain last:
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    Split Toes in a single monk and derby, both on the Simpson last. The derbies are a shade darker:
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    Calf Wingtips, Rain last. A last minute purchase decision to replace my fairly beat up C&Js Cliffords:
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    Suede Chelsea Boots in brown suede, Simpson last:
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  2. lexmann

    lexmann Senior member

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    Nice pictures! I like the door handle. The shop in Paris does not have that.

    I bet the sales staff is Japanese. The two Japanese staff in Paris shop told me that their shoes cost twice as much in Japan.
     
  3. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    thanks for the pics - looks like you had some good shopping
     
  4. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    if, i had to go RTW, this would be my first choice.

    i like the chelseas a lot.
     
  5. oshinex

    oshinex Senior member

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    Great photos and excellent choices for purchases!
     
  6. Yachting Man

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    Very nice purchases! I love the wingtips!
     
  7. kev777

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    Just WOW gotta get myself over to Barca !!
     
  8. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    nice load of shoes there
     
  9. gogero

    gogero New Member

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    Expensive. But, the design is need consider.
     
  10. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Those chelsea boots are hot! Wear them all in good health.
     
  11. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Im seriously considering moving all my future purchases over to Carmina. I love them that much. Great pics and nice pickups.

    I also think I need one of those buffing machines in my house stat. :)
     
  12. Pliny

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    Hey thanks for this great photo essay- I'm surprised you eva got outa there :slayer:
     
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  14. coffeecupman

    coffeecupman Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the chelseas!

    ccm
     
  15. Viral

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    nice haul!

    care to diviulge pricing info?
     
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    Is the sizing between the different lasts consistent? What can you share regarding sizing?
     
  17. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    I find it is similar to UK sizing (i.e., I'm a US size 11 and wear a Carmina size 10), but the lasts fit noticeably different. I find the Rain last (which the wingtips are on) to be the best fit for my feet. The Simpson lasts are pretty good too but narrower in the toe box. The Forest last was also good for my feet. There is the older, original Philadelphia last which didn't work for me at all. There are other lasts which I did not try. As for sizing, I don't think having sized up or down on any particular last would have made the fit better.
     
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  18. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Neat, T. What's the gleaming metal contraption? A shoe stretcher?
     
  19. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    Beautiful. Anyone interested in Carmina shoes can always check my sig as well :)
     
  20. Salad

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    Thanks for the helpful info. Really tempted by more than a few of their models but can't even decide where to start!
     

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