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The Official Carmina Sizing Thread

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

  1. Journeyman

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    Gents,

    I'm sorry if this has been mentioned already back in the thread, but I thought that I'd ask:

    Carmina makes balmoral boots in two lasts, Robert and Forest (as far as I am aware).

    I have a high instep, and I've been told that the Robert last would fit my high instep in a balmoral boot better than the Forest last.

    I take a UK9 in the Rain last, and it fits my instep very well.

    Would anyone happen to know if I would take the same size in the Robert last? Or, should I vary my fitting by half-a-size?

    Any advice will be gratefully received.
     


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    We always recommend wearing the same size for Robert and Forest. I have boots in both and I can't say that I can feel any noticeable difference in fit although some people feel Robert has a higher instep.
     


  3. RogerP

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    I have a high instep and wear the same size in both, but I'd give the edge to Robert as being a bit more accommodating. The difference isn't huge.

    I do take a half size up in both as compared with Rain.
     
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    Roger, thanks again for the advice.

    So, just to clarify, you're saying that if you wear, say, a UK9 in the Rain, you'd get a UK9.5 in the Robert?
     


  5. RogerP

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    Short answer: yes. [​IMG] Though you should be cautious in applying e-fit advice without understanding how the shoe and last in question fit the person making the recommendation.

    UK8.5 Rain fits me well, but I am using every bit of the shoe. It's a snug fit, but a good fit. Anything narrower, however, and I have to go up a half size - so I wear UK9 in both Robert and Forest. Something as narrow as Simpson, I simply cannot wear. Now if someone were wearing a given size in Rain and found it quite roomy but wearable - that person might not need to size up by a half for Robert / Forest.

    For anyone with a high instep, balmoral boots and Chelsea boots can be a very tricky fit. If you're going to miss, you have to miss slightly on the large side, as slightly small can be painful and unwearable. Slightly large can generally be remedied by adding a thin insole.
     


  6. Petepan

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    Need some sizing advice please:

    I wear Rain last UK 8.5 width and instep fit fully, but extra length. Also fit EG 888 and 82 lasts in UK 8.5, and Loake 026 last in size UK 8. Also fit Meermin Hiro last UK 8.5.

    I need to know what is the best size for me in the Alden Barrie Last and CJ Lindricks.

    Thanks.
     


  7. cappedncollared

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    Edit: Double post
     
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  8. cappedncollared

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    I wear rain UK8 and hiro UK 8.5 (toe box tapers to quickly on the 8).

    Alden barrie US8.5 works well for me.

    I would be going with a US9 on the barrie.
     


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    Thanks. Yes, Hiro toe box is more tapered than Rain,
     


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    Hi guys,

    I'm a size 9D on the Allen Edmonds 5 last.

    What size would I be on the Simpson last?

    General advice seems to be to size down by 1, but given that simpson runs narrow, would 8.5 be ok?

    Cheers,
     


  12. konda

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    Being a D you won't fit in the Simpson unless you want uncomfortable shoes and are willing to "ram BMW rims on a Merc".
     
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    Konda :) I am a 10.5D and I find the Simpson 9.5 to be comfortable enough.
     


  14. pinkpanther

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    ^ I am a 9D in the AE 5 and I wear an 8UK in the Simpson (and they are comfortable).
     


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    Then I claim you're not of D width but think you are.

    ^ I find the Simpson to be pretty damn close to the AE 5 in B.
     
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