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Originally Posted by dte421 View Post
 

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.

 

Thank you!

 

have you looked at Cobbler Union? Jfitzpatrick?

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Originally Posted by VirgilVerne View Post

I think that, after reading your comments and several others Meermin has a quality control issue which applies to both construction and leather quality, so essentially it's a bit of a bet getting them and you're really better off spending some $50 more for a Loake on sale. 

That is sadly my experience. So yeah, unless price is the only driving force, it is totally worth to spend a little bit more on a safer bet.
post #14283 of 15528
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Originally Posted by dte421 View Post

Thanks I will take a look.  I like EG as well, but right now just need a newer pair of black Oxfords, and as you said, EG is too nice in colors to spend $1100 USD on basic black.  It's funny a shop in my building sells them, but since it's Hong Kong, they don't carry them in my size - 11.5 UK

Check also Herring's Charles II. They are made by Alfred Sargent on their 109 last. Never seen them live, though. My only experience is what I have read about them, but apparently the construction is outstanding and the difference in price compared to AS's Armfield is explained by them changing some small details. So they look like a good alternative.
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Meermin "Galway" shearling boots on Ridgeway sole with stormwelt. These are thanks to the first Galway MTO organized by @DavidLane 


Edited by MTLinStyle - 1/15/16 at 7:35am
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When did Meermin start charging more to use PayPal? Seem a bit dickish no?

 

BTW: I have ordered my fair share of shoes from them (5-6 pairs and organized a 20+ person GMTO for first run of the Shearling Galway), I am a fan, but that to me seem like gouging for no good reason.


Edited by DavidLane - 1/14/16 at 2:41pm
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Originally Posted by DavidLane View Post
 

When did Meermin start charging more to use PayPal? Seem a bit dickish no?

 

BTW: I have ordered my fair share of shoes from them (5-6 pairs and organized a 20+ person GMTO for first run of the Shearling Galway), I am a fan, but that to me seem like gouging for no good reason.

 

They've done for at least a year plus.

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Originally Posted by DavidLane View Post
 

When did Meermin start charging more to use PayPal? Seem a bit dickish no?

 

BTW: I have ordered my fair share of shoes from them (5-6 pairs and organized a 20+ person GMTO for first run of the Shearling Galway), I am a fan, but that to me seem like gouging for no good reason.

Think that for some stores there's now a transaction fee, got the same thing from fishpond.com.au

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Originally Posted by Galix View Post


Check also Herring's Charles II. They are made by Alfred Sargent on their 109 last. Never seen them live, though. My only experience is what I have read about them, but apparently the construction is outstanding and the difference in price compared to AS's Armfield is explained by them changing some small details. So they look like a good alternative.

Thanks - all this feedback has been fantastic.  Looks like I'll have some homework to do this weekend!

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Originally Posted by Trqmaster View Post
 

 

have you looked at Cobbler Union? Jfitzpatrick?

Man - I LOVE JFitzpatrick's designs but I'm a 12.5 US and I have to get them MTO.  Last time I exchanged emails with him he said that could take 3-4 months.  May be worth it though.

 

I'll check out CU as well.  Thanks very much.

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MTO planned shipping in January. Do they usually arrive in the very end of the month?

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MTO planned shipping in January. Do they usually arrive in the very end of the month?

Yes, expect end of January to early February.
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Not trying to bash Meermin, but thought I'd also share my experiences which have led me to stop buying or recommending the brand.

I own 4 pairs of Meermin shoes and boots. The first pair I bought was the brown calf double monk on Hiro last. I love the shoes, but after a few weeks of maybe once-a-week wear the elastic that secures the top buckle began tearing. It has since torn half way across and I will have to send them to a cobbler to repair. While I enjoy the styling, even after many wears these have never become particularly comfortable. The leather quality is nice enough for the price paid.

I also own a balmoral boot of brown calf and brown grain on Olfe which was a GMTO. It has a number of construction issues that should have been caught in QC. I feel like I paid full price for seconds quality. There are welting issues, a cut in the leather, a crooked captoe and one boot was rather poorly lasted. These issues are generally not noticeable to an observer, and I don't yet know how they'll affect the lifespan of the boots, but I'm disappointed. Also, although they're supposed to be brown, they have a very burgundy hue to them.

I have two others pairs that I purchased as seconds (one classic line and one LM) they each have their issues you'd expect from seconds quality - I haven't let that effect my opinion of the brand because they were seconds. However, more importantly to me is the classic line shoes are particularly uncomfortable because of the plastic heel cap they use.

So I've since moved on and have been extremely pleased with two pair of Carmina I've bought. And I look forward to giving Yanko a try as well. Meermin is cheaper but the lack of quality construction and attention to detail doesn't compensate for the lower price. There are better options at the same or similar price range, and far better options if you're willing to spend a bit more.
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^ the more I wear my current classic lines, the more disappointed I am. I'm debating between making the jump to Carmina (which is technically out of my budget) or trying out the LM line.
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I didn't even give my classic line shoes more than a dozen wears before it started gathering dust. The only time anyone can recommend Meermin is if the person is broke and wants something extra fancy to show off without breaking the bank e.g. a navy cordovan.
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Meermin shearling Galway boot with dark navy jeans.

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