Carmina for Epaulet is a capsule collection of exquisite footwear made expressly for us.
May we introduce the Rand Single Monk in genuine Horween Shell Cordovan. Good lord. These are some of the most stunning shoes that we have ever seen. Click through the photos, and we promise, they look even better in person.
The "Rand" is a smart single monk strap with a slim, elegant shape. The single strap has a clean, sharp angle, which allows itto sit elegantly up near your ankle. Easily paired with both casual and dress looks, the single monk will be one the most versatile styles in your footwear wardrobe. It's just as handsome with a suit as it is with denim, and equally appealing with bright socks as it is sockless.
This particular shoe is crafted in beautiful "Cognac" Horween Shell Cordovan. This rich color is an excellent match to navy, grey, and brown trousers. It's incredible with denim as well. Cognac is a bit lighter than Cigar and will age incredibly with wear. This lovely shade is quite rare in the world of footwear, and we're absolutely smitten with it.
The Rand sits on the Rain last, which is an excellent balance of a sleek shape with ample toe room and comfort. It's similar to the Inca, but has a slightly higher toe box and a very soft square tip.
Our Carmina for Epaulet shoes are produced in regular-width UK sizes. For the majority of our customers, ordering one size down from your true size yields the best fit. For example, you'd likely be an 8UK in Carmina if you typically wear a 9D US.
For our Alden customers, Carmina sizing approximately works with their lasts as such:
Carmina 8UK = Alden Barrie or Trubalance Last 8.5D US = Alden Leydon, Aberdeen, Plaza 9D US.
Of course, this sizing relativity may be different depending on the particular shape of your foot and how you prefer your shoes to fit. But we've found that this equation works well for most of our customers.
HORWEEN GENUINE SHELL CORDOVAN
Shell Cordovan is a rare and wonderful leather. It comes from the skin of a horse's rump, and is vegetable-tanned for no less than six months. The result is an exceptionally non-porous leather with a lustrous finish, unbelievable suppleness, and serious durability. It readily conforms to your foot, only needs the occasional polishing, and is naturally water-resistant.As you wear Shell Cordovan over the course of several years, it develops rich patina and unique character. Genuine shell is expensive, but consider it a good investment. With the proper care, you'll get many years of wear out of it.
Please note: lighter colors of Shell Cordovan like Saddle, Whiskey, and Ravello have less dye and allow more of the leather to show through to the top. As such, it's common to see small blemishes, light scratches, and color variations from one component of the shoe to another. These variations are natural and part of Shell Cordovan's character and are present to some degree on every piece. As you wear the shoes, they will develop a significantly darker patina with age, and these variations will be less apparent.
Founded in 1866, Carmina is a family-owned Shoemaker located in the gorgeous Spanish island of Mallorca. Owned by José Albaladejo Pujadas (the founder's great-grandson), his wife, and his sons, Carmina is world renown for their exceptional craftsmanship and unflinching quality. Each shoe is Goodyear stitched with exceptional materials, old-world techniques, and elegant European lasts. This quality is also reflected in the excellent fit. In addition to their stunning looks, your first pair of Carminas will be among the most comfortable shoes that you've ever worn. Epaulet is honored to be one of their select dealers.
As Carmina shoes are Goodyear welted, they can be easily resoled and recrafted by a competent cobbler. With this, you can easily get many years of regular wear out of Carmina's quality shoes. Which is important - as you'll surely grow very attached to them.