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Carmina for Epaulet is a capsule collection of exquisite footwear made expressly for us.
The "Salinger" is a classic double monk strap with a slim, elegant shape. Easily paired with both casual and dress looks, the double 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 caramel French Calfskin.
The Salinger sits on the Inca last - which is an excellent balance of a sleek shape with ample toe room and comfort. It's details include: silvertone buckles, stitched captoe, signature purple leather liner, elastic top buckle attachment (allowing you to slip into them easily), 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.
In the world of men's shoes, genuine French Calfskin is considered to be among the dressiest and finest leather available. Each skin is hand-rubbed and lightly burnished for a gorgeous subtle color gradation. Its fine grain and smooth finish is extraordiantly comfortable and polishes to a beatiful shine. Carmina's French Calfskin is among the best leather that we've seen anywhere. It will knock you out in person!
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.