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The Official Carmina Sizing Thread

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

  1. lexmann

    lexmann Senior member

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    Just got a reply from Carmina Paris - Forest and Queen have the same length.
     
  2. Knowledge is King

    Knowledge is King Senior member

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    Wide forefoot + high instep + narrow heel = which Carmina lasts?
    I'm thinking Inca, rain and soller are a starting point because they are listed as the wider lasts but it's hard to find info about instep & heel fit.
     
  3. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    I've found the Alcudia and Forest to be very snug and narrow in the lacing area. The Robert definitely has more room in the lacing area, so that might be a decent option for you.

    Of those three, Alcudia is narrowest in the heel, while the Forest and Robert could probably be described as having a medium width heel.
     
  4. bmac11c

    bmac11c Senior member

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    Considering the Simpson last is more on the narrow side, would it be advisable to go up half a size to accommodate having a regular width foot?

    Bmac
     
  5. LEVOOSH

    LEVOOSH Senior member

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    I would appreciate a recomednation re lasts.

    I am a 10D Alden barrie last. It is a wonderful fit, if not a little tight across the vamp at the end of the day.

    I have a medium width forefoot and a narrow heel. I also have quite a high instep.

    Definitley think the simpson willl be too narrow. What do you all suggest?

    EDIT: Whoops just saw KIK's post above - seems to be we have the same question. Appreciate any different responses or maybe KIK and I will share info
     
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  6. Slammo

    Slammo Well-Known Member

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    I have the same foot shape but replace high instep with low instep. I emailed Carmina about it early last week and I'm still awaiting a response - I'll be sure to post it when it comes in. I'm also probably going to be trying on some Carminas at Epaulet this week [​IMG]so I'll provide feedback afterwards.
     
  7. Knowledge is King

    Knowledge is King Senior member

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    Levoosh, I must have narrower heels than you -- the Barrie last has one of the widest heels I've encountered. For me the snug/high heel shape of the Modified last is the best I've found.
     
  8. BCN Citizen

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    For general information I can tell you that my shoe size for Carmina's Rain is 10. I also use a 10 in C&J's Bradford and other C&J and Alfred Sargent. All of them in regular fitting

    About Florsheim or Alden, and also AE, I usually pick up a 10,5 unless their fit my feet a little tight. I imagine my "ideal" size would be 10,75.

    It`s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so...
     
  9. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    the carmina fits you much better...
     
  10. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    For general information I can tell you that my shoe size for Carmina's Rain is 10. I also use a 10 in C&J's Bradford and other C&J and Alfred Sargent. All of them in regular fitting


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    the rain last looks much sleeker than CJ. What last is the CJ shoes on?
     
  11. BCN Citizen

    BCN Citizen Member

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    Both are shell cordovan. Carmina's are brand new. C&J are around 3 years old and I haven't given any kind of polish, just a poor brushing from time to time.

    C&J are a Bradford style, so their last is 341 in E fitting.
     
  12. diglett

    diglett Senior member

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    I just picked up double monks on the Inca last, but I'm unsure of the sizing, seeing as this is my first pair of really "nice" shoes. I'm a 10D in Allen Edmonds, so I picked up a 9UK from Carmina.

    The ball of my foot fits really nice and snug (seriously, perfect), but I'm getting the feeling that they're a tiny bit too big on the heels, especially on the right shoe. When I pick up my foot, my heel slips just a little bit, and I'm honestly not sure if that's supposed to happen at all. I took a bunch of photos and lumped them into an album, so if you guys could take a look at them and tell me what you think, I would really appreciate it.

    The photos with the pen are for indicating how much my foot moves when I lift up my heel to take a step: The bottom of the pen points to where the top of the shoe ends when I'm not stepping.

    Are these too big, or am I freaking out and being paranoid? Remember, the ball of my foot fits perfectly on both feet.

    Cheers.

    http://imgur.com/a/kRJUM

    Edit: I rolled up my jeans to get clearer photos; I have no intention of going full pilgrim with the buckles and high pants.
     
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  13. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    Those are beautiful! I had the same issue with my first pair but I wore them for close to 8 hours for the first time and the sole started to break in. Now i feel comfortable and I dont have much slippage.
     
  14. ethanm

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    I have a narrow heel and low instep

    AE 5 last - US 8.5
    AS 87 last - UK 7.5

    Alcudia ????
     
  15. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    Definitely 7.5. I'm a 7.5 in the AE 5 last -- and I also have a narrow heel and low instep -- and a size 6.5 Alcudia is far and away the best fitting last/shoe I've ever worn. You're going to love it.
     
  16. bdeuce22

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    I'm gonna say paranoid. Likely going down a half will be too small. If it bothers you find a thin insert to help full it out.
     
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    ethanm Senior member

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    They only have a 7 and 8 in the shoe I want on the webstore [​IMG]
    I can't decide if it's worth the risk to get the 7.
     
  18. applky

    applky Senior member

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    I hate sizing threads, but this is really useful. Thanks Spoo for starting this and to everyone else for posting their info.

    FWIW I'm a U.S. 10.5D TTS, and a full size down (9.5 UK/Carmina) has worked for me in every last.

    (For Alden people: Yes that means I wear a 10D Barrie and Trubalance.)
     
  19. bullswin

    bullswin Senior member

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    You could go the MTO route. It'll cost about $100 more, but at least you can pick the exact model and leather/color that you want. Also -- I think you can order almost any model on the Alcudia last. For example, if you look through the 15+ models offered on the Simpson last (on the regular site, not the web store), any of those can be ordered on the Alcudia.
     
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    :fistbump:

    thanks. just emailed Betty wit mah info
     

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