Hmmmm - reading the replies and last few pages of this thread has definitely turned me off from getting the LM Freudenberg. For the last few years I've been buying mainly Carmina, but their current cap toe oxford offering with the Forest last isn't really what I'm looking for.
If Meermin isn't worth the gamble due to apparent QC issues, can anyone recommend a good Carmina equivalent for a black cap toe with a slimmer last? It seems Loake is a popular option but just seeing if anyone has further insight. I'm definitely not a fan of Church's, Alden, or AE's aesthetic.
have you looked at Cobbler Union? Jfitzpatrick?