Carmina for Epaulet is a capsule collection of exquisite footwear made expressly for us.
The "Anderson" is our rendition of the classic jump boot shape. Originally, jump boots were a type of combat boot typically associated with paratroopers. Defined by their extended lacing system that begins at the instep and continues high up shin, these combat boots were intended to give more support to the ankle. Since then, the modern jumper has become a staple dress boot, but we like it just as much with casual wear, as we do with formalwear.
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. Chestnut 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 “Anderson” sits on the Forest last, which has a slightly higher toebox and rounded tip for both excellent comfort and a handsome old-school look.
Its details include: rear pull tabs, 5 blind eyelets, 3 speedhooks, signature purple leather liner, and a sturdy goodyear-welted double leather sole.
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.