The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jhcam8, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I agree. They're the anti-AE (who almost always produces a shoe that should look nice but is somehow off).
     
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    LooknGr8 Senior member

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    Vintage Nettleton's

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    Quoting these because they are damn near perfect. From the little I have seen, I would love a pair of Carmina.
     
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    ^ these look like calf. Could we see some more pics? Perhaps after your first wear?
     
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    Not alden... I believe the RL Lindrick boot by C&J


    Does Carmina allow any MTO options - i.e. full lace-up?
     
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  7. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    tatecloths: yes, Carmina does MTO pairs. Just email them and be prepared for quite a long wait until you hear of them. You could call, too, but that would be very long-distance.
     
  8. mymil

    mymil Senior member

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    Here's another shot of my Carminas just after unlacing them after wearing them for a full day. They definitely look better laced, but they're off-duty and about to be stored for drying. Surprisingly comfortable after only maybe 10 hours of breaking them in previously. Only slightly painful at the heels on the last leg of my walk home from work.

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    look great man. How much did these set you back? I think im ready to purchase my first pair of Carmina
     
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    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    no you are not allowed to buy any more shoes.
     
  11. mymil

    mymil Senior member

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    This pair set me back 483 Euros + 70 Euros for shipping from Spain to the US, which only took 3 or 4 days. Plus a $40 fee to my bank for the wire transfer, but I'm pretty sure it would be less if you went to somewhere like Western Union. I was just impatient!
     
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    "slower" shipping also reduces the costs.

    what trees do you use?
     
  13. mymil

    mymil Senior member

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    ^^ I know that they strongly prefer to ship via DHL, possibly because they're on an island. Possibly also something to do with customs, but that's a completely unfounded guess. Other shipping options are worth investigating.

    I'm just using a standard pair of articulated Woodlore cedar trees, which seem to fit reasonably well.
     
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    Can anyone compare how Vass shell matches up vs. C&J / Ralph Lauren shell?
     
  15. jerrybrowne

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    Vass shell shoes are much nicer than C&J/RL and Alden, especially in finishing. IMHO the only shell shoes that surpass Vass in quality are EG....
     
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