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Does anyone have any pics of the Meermin Handwelted Black Captoe in Freudenberg Calf in the wild? Either model 10172 or 102480? I've been thinking about getting a black captoe that I can bring to a gleaming mirror shine, and I have the impression that the upgrade to the handwelted version is worth it. I have never seen Freudenberg calf, however, and I'd be interested to know what makes it so special, if it really is so special. The pictures on the Meermin website are a bit too studio-produced to use as a basis for formulating an opinion, and I can't find much on the internet.

Any owners out there who are really happy (or not) with their Handwelted Freudenbergs?
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I do not think that for 260 € you will get something so special.  I am sure it is a good leather though.  

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Yes I understand I know they will not compare to Carmina or Crockett & Jones. But for $290USD I think they will be superior to most shoes in that price range, like Allen Edmonds for instance. I am most interested in how the Freudenberg calf compares to the leather used in Allen Edmonds of C&J benchgrade

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Ok I wore my new Meermin classic collection black captoe oxfords for the first time. As expected, based on much feedback on this thread, I got the dreaded blister (right below my ankle bone). However, although I know their heel counters are made of a plastic of some sort, and this makes it painful and lengthy to break them in, I don't think that is the primary problem, but rather a secondary problem.

The primary problem in my opinion is the fact that the top of the side of the shoe is digging into my ankle bone in the first place. My other shoes don't have this problem, so of course they didn't cause me blisters.

I actually went and measured that piece of leather (from where the leather hits my ankle bone to the bottom of the shoe, where the actual heel/sole starts) and clearly it's a big difference from my other shoes. As an example, my AE Park Aves measure 2 inches. My Testoni monks and my Alden bluchers both measure about 2 and 1/4 inches. The Meermins? They were 2 and 5/8 inches! That's the whole problem right there. Meermin shoes dig into our ankles because the leather in that area is cut too high. Simple as that. Now that it's digging into my ankle, of course it's worse because of the plastic materials used. However, if they would just cut the shoe shallower in that area (like most other shoe makers) I think that would eliminate the problem for most.

Does this make sense to any one else out there?

Also, any solutions for raising my heel so the leather doesn't reach my ankle? Is adding some sort of pad under the insole at the heel area a legitimate option?

Thanks in advance.
Edited by mosy - 1/9/16 at 8:16pm
post #14240 of 15495
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Originally Posted by mosy View Post

Ok I wore my new Meermin classic collection black captoe oxfords for the first time. As expected, based on much feedback on this thread, I got the dreaded blister (right below my ankle bone). However, although I know their heel counters are made of a plastic of some sort, and this makes it painful and lengthy to break them in, I don't think that is the primary problem, but rather a secondary problem.

The primary problem in my opinion is the fact that the top of the side of the shoe is digging into my ankle bone in the first place. My other shoes don't have this problem, so of course they didn't cause me blisters.

I actually went and measured that piece of leather (from where the leather hits my ankle bone to the bottom of the shoe, where the actual heel/sole starts) and clearly it's a big difference from my other shoes. As an example, my AE Park Aves measure 2 inches. My Testoni monks and my Alden bluchers both measure about 2 and 1/4 inches. The Meermins? They were 2 and 5/8 inches! That's the whole problem right there. Meermin shoes dig into our ankles because the leather in that area is cut too high. Simple as that. Now that it's digging into my ankle, of course it's worse because of the plastic materials used. However, if they would just cut the shoe shallower in that area (like most other shoe makers) I think that would eliminate the problem for most.

Does this make sense to any one else out there?

Also, any solutions for raising my heel so the leather doesn't reach my ankle? Is adding some sort of pad under the insole at the heel area a legitimate option?

Thanks in advance.
I had a similar problem with a Meermin RTW. My solution was wearing thick socks until I broke the shoes in. You could try wearing a pad under it too. IMO Meermin RTW is total waste of cash and I am sure you can find better shoes at that price. Like you said, they cut their sides too high and thus your ankle area is constantly under attack from the shoe.
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Originally Posted by Saturninus View Post

Does anyone have any pics of the Meermin Handwelted Black Captoe in Freudenberg Calf in the wild? Either model 10172 or 102480? I've been thinking about getting a black captoe that I can bring to a gleaming mirror shine, and I have the impression that the upgrade to the handwelted version is worth it. I have never seen Freudenberg calf, however, and I'd be interested to know what makes it so special, if it really is so special. The pictures on the Meermin website are a bit too studio-produced to use as a basis for formulating an opinion, and I can't find much on the internet.

Any owners out there who are really happy (or not) with their Handwelted Freudenbergs?

I was able to get some good shine on mine. These were MTO's LM.

 

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^^ Thanks for sharing that. Those look like winners to me. Is that the Olfie last? I really like the toe on those.

How do you find the Freudenberg calf? Setting aside fit and finish, does the leather itself feel like a step up from the Classico line?

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^^ Thanks for sharing that. Those look like winners to me. Is that the Olfie last? I really like the toe on those.

How do you find the Freudenberg calf? Setting aside fit and finish, does the leather itself feel like a step up from the Classico line?

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No problem. I think that the calf is nice and the shoes didn't take that long to break in for me. Unfortunately, I can't compare it to the Classic Line as this is my only pair of Meermin shoes. And they're on the Ben last.

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I was able to get some good shine on mine. These were MTO's LM.

 

Ben last?. Never try it.  Very nice shoes. What colour?

post #14245 of 15495
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Ben last?. Never try it.  Very nice shoes. What colour?

It's Black. Yeah I don't see many Ben lasts around.

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Hi guys, I'm thinking of purchasing my first pair of Meermins given all the hype around their bang-for-buck value in the forums. I'm thinking of getting one of the whole cut oxfords. I find black a bit boring but need something versatile, so have been thinking about the oxblood ones.

 

https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=4625

 

Would you recommend this for a first Meermin? In my mind this is competing with a pair of boots from Story et Fall, and tbh I think I will find a lot more use out of Jodhpur boots (formal+casual) while the Meermins would suit only the office. 


Edited by Totoro-san - 1/10/16 at 6:16pm
post #14247 of 15495
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Originally Posted by Totoro-san View Post

Hi guys, I'm thinking of purchasing my first pair of Meermins given all the hype around their bang-for-buck value in the forums. I'm thinking of getting one of the whole cut oxfords. I find black a bit boring but need something versatile, so have been thinking about the oxblood ones.

https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=4625

Would you recommend this for a first Meermin? In my mind this is competing with a pair of boots from Story et Fall, and tbh I think I will find a lot more use out of Jodhpur boots (formal+casual) while the Meermins would suit only the office. 
Meermin Classic line is bad IMO. Very stiff, takes along time to break in, and gives you blisters around the ankles. Only their MTO shoes have value.
post #14248 of 15495
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Originally Posted by pine tree View Post

Meermin Classic line is bad IMO. Very stiff, takes along time to break in, and gives you blisters around the ankles. Only their MTO shoes have value.

Never had a blister while wearing my Meermin's...
post #14249 of 15495
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Originally Posted by pine tree View Post

Meermin Classic line is bad IMO. Very stiff, takes along time to break in, and gives you blisters around the ankles. Only their MTO shoes have value.

MTO needs to be linea maestro otherwise youll end up getting the classic line anyway.
post #14250 of 15495
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Originally Posted by bremsstrahlung View Post
 

 

I recently received a pair of cherry antique MTOs from Meermin and was wondering what brand and particularly color of shoe polish and/or cream I should use to maintain them? (Several of the "cherry" polishes, e.g., Saphir, seem to be too red for the leather.) Thank you in advance.

When in doubt, always use Saphir and always use neutral - you can use lighter colours that match closest with the shoe but never use anything that seem darker as that will stain. 

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