ROmp is wrong, you are correct. Hand welted, which Meermin's "linea Masetro" and by extension MTO shoes are constructed as, do not have a cork layer. Romp's mistake was letting them air dry for 24Hours, if the inside is still damp, the inside is still damp, not much more to it. They must have copped one hell of a soaking. All that need to be done is to stuff the shoe full of paper towels to suck out the moisture and once dry tree them and wear them.