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The Official Carmina Sizing Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpooPoker, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. ianGP

    ianGP Senior member

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    Hey guys, skimmed through the thread and just wanted thoughts on what i've gathered before I pull the trigger on a pair...

    I currently wear:

    US 7 C&J on 200 (chukka)
    UK 5.5 G&G on MH71 (dub monk)

    US7 for most other shoes, I do however feel they might be just a smidge big.
    My G&G's in 5.5 are on the snugger side and thin socks are more comfortable than thicker ones, though both fit.

    My assumption:

    UK 6 in Simpson last
    UK 5.5 in Rain last


    ...yay or nay?

    From reading, Rain seems to be bigger/roomier, hence the size down.
     


  2. Concub1ne

    Concub1ne Senior member

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    Try shooting Leaves a pm, he sells both G&G and Carmina, so he might be able to help you.
     


  3. steveyoo1983

    steveyoo1983 Affiliate Vendor Affiliate Vendor

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    Glad to see a member who share the same size as me! (I personally do 5.5uk on both lasts. and wear 5.5uk on lobb 7000, 8000, and EG 888 as well)
    Rain is supposedly wider, more comfortable last (and they are) but not too wide.

    I say go with 8.5uk for Carmina Rain.
     


  4. Preparatory

    Preparatory Senior member

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    Even though My AE 9,5D fits a bit on the snug side?
     


  5. steveyoo1983

    steveyoo1983 Affiliate Vendor Affiliate Vendor

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    It's really your decision at this point. Few of the members I have spoken to recently (while doing a Carmina MTO) has mentioned that they size down 1 full size from their AE.
    But if 9.5D is a bit on the snug side and you'd wish for it to be a bit bigger, 9uk maybe a perfect choice! [​IMG]
     


  6. NAMOR

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    Carmina Adelaide in Cognac (Alcudia), Crockett & Jones Lindrick in Brown Shell (325), Alden Indy in Cigar Shell (Trubalance) and Alfred Sargent Miller Boot in Cognac Shell (724)

    Alcudia is pretty damn narrow. I went down 1 size in the Alcudia but if I had to do it again I would only size down 1/2 size. For reference, Carmina is a size UK11, Lindrick is size us11.5, Indy is size us11.5, AS UK11
     


  7. vinnynyc72

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    I'm

    10B in AE 5 Last
    10B in Alden Modified Last

    Which of the non-chiseled toe lasts would work best? I'm guessing 9 in one of the narrower lasts (Alcudia, Queens, Uetam)?
     


  8. ademarco

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    I e-mailed Betty and she suggested sizing 1 down from your US size. They should correct it on their webstore as it states that 10US should order 9.5UK, but Betty suggested getting 9UK. I am sure she is more knowledgable selling shoes for a living. I can't wait to see them in person. I ordered the double monk cognac shell and the rain last full cut black shell. I hope everything fits because the shoes have to travel halfway around the world.
     


  9. Fiddler

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    That's the default advice they give to all US customers for some reason. Im a US9D and followed that advice to buy a shell single monk in size UK8....noticably tight....had to send it to be stretched and its now bearable with thin socks. Which is a shame since they are nice shoes that I should wear more often but don't.

    Subsequently sized down by a half in Rain/Oscar Last and all is well. I prefer a shoe that is slightly comfortable than one that is too tight. I can then put an insole in. Once a shoe is too tight it will never let you forget that.
     


  10. dlm4114

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    Great advice indeed, thanks for putting it like that. I'm the narrower side of medium in a US13 and was on the fence about going 11.5 or 12 in a Carmina, and the 12D Barrie fits me pretty well. I suppose I'm still a bit on the fence about 11.5 or 12 in the Simpson, although I tend to prefer a little snug to a little loose. At this point I would almost just pay the return shipping to know for sure, ha.
     


  11. Moloch38

    Moloch38 Senior member

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    I am a US9D as well and went with a 8.5UK on Rain for a MTO so I'm hoping it works out perfect. I was thinking about going 8UK for the string loafers in the Uetam last though.
     


  12. tailoredstuff

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    Hi guys just wondering how the Uetam last compares to the Simpson last.

    I wear a pair of Simpsons in a lace up oxford size 6.5UK and sometimes the lace area (instep) gets a bit tight after a days walking.

    I have heard the Uetam last fits similar to the Simpson.

    Thinking about getting these - without the lace will I have the same issue?

    http://www.skoaktiebolaget.se/news/carmina-suede-string-loafers
     


  13. konda

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    Allen Edmonds, US 14 B in all last that I've tried
    Alfred Sargent, UK 12.5 in last 48, width D
    Meermin, UK 13.5 in New Rey last (no others fit)

    Notes: Low instep

    What would be the Carmina go-to width and size for me? Simpson?
     


  14. burghler

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    E 4-234 last: 10D US
    Meermin Olfe last: 9E UK
    Meermin Hiro last: 9E UK

    I have a high instep/arch and Leaves said that the Simpson probably wouldn't fit very well. Does anyone have an idea what last/size would be best?

    Thanks!
     


  15. Fiddler

    Fiddler Senior member

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    Well I just received a pair of Uetam last loafers (being a reliable US9D). I sized down by half to 8.5UK and the fit is glove-like...snug and comfortable right from the box. I definitely feel an 8UK would be uncomfortable...in fact I don't think I could get my foot in it.

    It's a beautifully proportioned last...although it deserves a better name.
     


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