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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    They don't have any Whiskey Longwings in 10D anymore... :) Thanks for the tip!
     
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  2. Don L

    Don L Distinguished Member

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    No argyles OTC. Can't be, or can it?
     


  3. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    #8 saddle
    argyles otc
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    I believe the construction is the same overall. Might be more information on the Carmina website. I'd say there's no difference in comfort, assuming you can find a Carmina last that suits you. They only offer a wide fitting in one or two of their lasts, if width is an issue for you. Good luck.
     


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    Don L Distinguished Member

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    Love those Saddles Uncle.
     


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    :rotflmao:
     


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    sevenfoldtieguy Distinguished Member

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    I'm not sure this saddle is for me (bold contrast), but a great shoe nonetheless, and quite rare. :nodding:
     


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    Nice. :nodding:

    The 994 is underrated. So is the 993.
     


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    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew,
    thank you
     


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    It's kind of a cool alternative to the PTB.
     


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    jbcohen Well-Known Member

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    I have been told that the only problem with sandel's is that they do not have any padding in them (please excuse my spelling if I missed the mark on that score).
     


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    I'd say there's not enough of a difference between them to make any generalizations.

    The shell Carminas I have are dressier, single leather sole models so don't really compare to most Alden cordovan models.
    Comfort is about the same when comparing Carminas to single leather sole Aldens.
    The Carminas are much better finished than Aldens.

    I find myself wearing Aldens much more often but that's mainly because they match how I usually dress.
    Plus I have about a 10:1 ratio between Alden and Carmina.
     


  13. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

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    nephew,
    thank you
    I agree that the black and #8 saddle are building blocks in a shoe wardrobe in either calf or shell
     


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    I own 3 pair of Carminas and preordered a 4th pair.
    They are very comfortable and lighter in weight when compared to alden.
    The narrower lasts make them less casual when compared to alden. Better w suits.
    My Carminas get worn less than my alden mainly because I wear more casual than formal.
    I wear Carmina w dark denim and dressier ep walts.
    My Carminas are more refined. they do straighter stitching and perforations, use identical matching shells, the shoes look more luxe out of the box.
    Alden shell ages better w less products and care, my Carmina shell needs more attention than my alden (Reno n wax)
    All that being said, I prefer aldens and only use Carmina for styles alden doesn't offer; ruby shell, double monks, loden shell. (I won't mention the pythons)
     


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