Shoe Damage Report & Shoe P0rn Central - Part II

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    I certainly do, my friend! Since I have so many pairs, many get worn a couple of times a year, but ALL get worn (if they fit! This pair DOES fit me, and will be worn for the first time in the next couple of weeks. I figured it best to take the photos before "breaking the seal", though!
     


  2. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    I go 1/2 size down from other UK manufacturers on C&J lasts - as I find they tend to run a bit large.

    So I'm
    6.5 in C&J 348 and 341
    6.5 in Lobb (don't remember lasts)
    7 in G&G TG73 (they run quite snug on me but are known to be a lean lasted shoe)
    7 in general UK sizes
    7 or a 6.5 in Santoni

    The Carminas are 7 and I'd say they are a smidge larger than C&J in 6.5 and even tad larger than G&G in 7 (both in width and length).

    So I'd say they are pretty TTS if not just a smidge on the large side.

    But I've only had them on hand for 1/2 hour so I may update you with a little more time to test them. Initial test didn't show me any fit difference between Simpson and Rain lasts. As a matter of fact holding the shoes side by side and looking at the soles Simpson and Rain look identical. The only difference I can make out is the slope of the toe box is slightly different between the two.
     


  3. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Thank you.

    Carmina refers to the color as Cognac.
     
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  4. forex

    forex Senior member

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    Did you try them on? How is the fit? Any heel slippage? :D
     
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  5. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Just a bit roomier than I prefer. With new shoes out of the box I like them to be VERY snug - and they are just sort of snug.

    Given your experience today as well I think we can say Carminas run a smidge roomy?
     


  6. forex

    forex Senior member

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    I think so, I agree with you. I think going half a size down would not work (at least for me). It is possible that you fall in between sizes. My main issue is the slippage and I am not convinced it will go away.
     


  7. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Yeah - I don't think I could 1/2 size down and still fit in these. No heal slippage for me.
     
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  8. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Here's some shots you won't see every day.

    This is a G&G TG73 last size 7 side by side with the Carmina Simpson last size 7

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    This is a C&J 348 last size 6.5 side by side with the Carmina Simpson last size 7

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    Of course what's inside matters more than what's outside - but thought this would be interesting to dispel any unfounded rumors of whose lasts are longer than whose. The C&J 348 deserves it's rep for being long.
     


  9. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    FWIW, I usually wear US size 11.5/EU 45...the Carmina Rain last size 10.5s I have are a TAD roomy and one slips a bit on the heel.
     


  10. dandie

    dandie Senior member

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    depends in the location and occasion, but I'd definitely wear those with a crisp navy suit - I've been known to wear these

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  11. glenjay

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    I am typically not a big fan of wingtip monks (too much going on), but these look great. When they start to develop a patina they will look fantastic.
     


  12. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    imo, this is a little bit disappointing, referring to your initial request, it was a bit misleading. i was under the ímpression, that you have to be careful, due to your dough, anyway. i honor integrity. i'm out of this game.
     


  13. Schweino

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    I don't think these are from the rose line, must be some kind of MTO masterpiece like range.
     




  14. rebel222

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    Good looking shoes, but they look brown to me.

    BTW: That reminds me of a rant. What's the deal with everyone throwing around the word "Grail." There is a B&S thread w/ those shoes in it claiming they are "Grail" shoes. They are nice, but in no sense of the words would I classify them as the Holy Grail of shoes. /EndRant.
     


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