The Official Carmina Sizing Thread

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  1. Marco Cane

    Marco Cane Member

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    You know, I have been looking for a light tan dress shoe for quite a while, unfortunately, most present makers of other than black-coloured, only seem to manufacture them with an extended toe shape, and a blackened 'antiqeing', the manufactuers refer to as 'burnishing'. If I could live with an extended toe, and their wide heel widths, AE told me they could still MTO a 'Cornwallis', without burnishing, in any color except, for some reason, walnut.
    Recently, I bought a beautiful, great fitting, pre-buyout, old-stock pair of Blake- lasted Bruno Magli 'Charles', in black. I love the lightweight sole construction, and the narrow talian heel shape, that fits mine. Unfortunately, Bruno Magli, with it's present owners, doesn't make many styles and, from what I've seen, no longer makes nice shoes.
    I have just discovered the tan 910 wholecut Carmina 910. It is a gorgeous shoe, and exactly the color I'm looking for. It seems, despite what Carmina says, to be narrow. I might fit it, with a longer length size, to put my toes into a wider part of the shoe, I'd hate to invest five or six hundred dollars buying a shoe, without trying it on, from half-way around the world, and have it not fit.
    Does anyone in Southern California stock any Carmina? I just called BarneysNY, in Beverly Hills, hoping I could get a sizing for my 10D US foot sizing, in the 'Rain Last', but they said 'No Carmina'.
    - Thanks, Marco
    PS, this my first post here, sorry it's so long.
     


  2. Marco Cane

    Marco Cane Member

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    How about you LA Guy ?
    I was trying to figure out how to quote my post, and send it to his attention, but haven't been able to figure it out. Sorry, I'm new to blogging, but if someone can tell me how to do that.....
    I guess I'm assuming he IS from Los Angeles, rather than Louisiana, and, in fact, a guy.
     


  3. AriG

    AriG Senior member

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    That's helpful thanks, reinforces my view I should get a 7.5 since this one is about 1cm short. I asked Carmina too, see what they say.
     


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    Just want to report back, these worked out perfectly! :)
     


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    Did the Carmina store ever open in NYC or have we not reached that date yet?
     


  6. Churchill W

    Churchill W Senior member

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    Someone mentioned in the other thread they are now targeting August.
     


  7. Invertigo

    Invertigo Well-Known Member

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    I searched this thread looking for the correct sizing for the Carmina string loafer (Uetam last) but kept reading conflicting opinions.

    I'm a TTS 9 and I also own a pair of Alfred Sargent penny loafers (Odell style 106 last) in size 8UK. They're a perfect fit. Does anyone know how they would compare to the Carmina Uetam last?

    I've read about different men with the same size (TTS 9) in earlier posts that have sizes 8UK and 8.5UK (for the Carmina Uetam last string loafer), with each liking their fit, which has obviously confused me!

    I'm not sure whether to go for size 8UK or 8.5UK.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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  8. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    I don't own any of the shoes you metion but I own the String Loafers. I have a narrow (98 mm), low volume foot so they fit me very nice. I grab the same size I use in Rain and Inca 9.5 UK.

    Some people recommend going 0.5 longer comparing to Rain because the last lenght would be matched. Uetam is shorter than Rain (Rain in 9.5 UK - 302mm last lenght. Uetam in 10 UK - 302mm). I go with the same size cause it's a rounder last. I even would say that Uetam is a great last for me.
     


  9. TtownMD

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    What size do you take in carmina rain suede loafer?
     


  10. Betelgeuse

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    Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to try the Carmina Rain loafer but I guess I will take the same size 9.5 UK
     


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    I ask because I am 8.5uk rain last dress shoes & 8uk rain last loafer was wondering what size I. Would be for uteam last loafer suede.
     


  12. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    I think if you go with 8 UK in Uetam it will be too short. It will be around 5mm shorter than the 8 UK Rain. I think you will be good with 8.5 UK. Just consider that the instep is very low in Uetam.
     


  13. marv3mania

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    I'm having trouble nailing down the best size Carmina for me. I have a pair of balmoral boots in 6 UK on the Rain last which fit pretty well. However, I feel enough looseness in the heel that I'm not convinced oxfords or monk straps will fit well. I have a pair of balmoral oxfords in 6.5 UK on the Simpson last which are a nice width but feel slightly too long. I tried a pair of 6 UK Simpson monk straps, and they were horrendously tight. Any suggestions on last/size combos, particularly in oxfords or monk straps?
     


  14. MrUnderwood

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    @marv3mania

    Hm, the rain last has been same size for me in both oxford and boots (UK 6), granted i do not wear large wool socks with the boots, but normal black business socks with both.
     


  15. Kochegar

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    Hello!
    Does anybody have experience with Philadelphia last? Carmina's website says it has E (narrow) fitting. Do I need to size up 0,5 from Rain/Inca last size?
    Thank you!
     


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