Perhaps urban os right that it is a journey. I think some people go further along that others up that expensive road.
At the end of the day meermin classics for their price are good value but in terms of comfort and quality control not ad good as even loakes imo.
That said I still consider meermin because they have unique styles that the others dont.
With carminas price increases the Meermin LM line can also be an alternative as the LNs are quite comfortable and quire...