Photo? I'm tempted by meermin's...
It is a slippery slope.
Like many folks, i have moved from Herring/Meermin -> Carmina -> Enzo Bonafe -> Edward Green in a matter of 18 months. In between, I have bought other stuff at various price points.
But I do feel that one may have to take the journey from a lower price point to learn the reasons why another shoe priced higher is sometimes worth the difference. If i had not had my 1 and only Meermin boot, i may not appreciate my other shoes.
That said, sometimes i do consider buying Meermins to be my foul weather shoes (rain). But have not done so yet though.
Shoe choices are deeeply personal.
Wanted to share a good customer service experience with Meermin. I posted a few pics about a week and a half ago with some raised spots on my new black Meermin LM oxfords. I also sent the pics to Meermin, and they told me to take it a local cobbler and they would reimburse me for the expense of fixing them. I'm relatively satisfied with the fix, and I appreciate that Meermin got back to me about my compliant. I still feel quality control is an issue as I definitely didn't expect to find several flaws on their top line shoes, but at least they offered to help fix it.
I feel like I should also post my very positive experience with Meermin customer service.
Eagle-eyed followers of this thread may remember that I posted photos of my Linea Maestro Cherry Shell Cordovan GMTO. There was significant irregularity to the zig zag edge on the toe cap of the brogue.
They were very responsive to my emails and (despite the no refund/return policy of the GMTO) they took the shoes back and paid me for return shipping.
They made me a new pair in the latest run of the same (delivered in January).
I asked if they would put my initials in the sole (they don't do this any more but they kindly made an exception for me) and when the shoe arrived they'd added metal toe taps at no extra charge.
Oh and my wife called FedEx and had them reverse the assessed duties as the item had been returned to the manufacturer.
Thanks, look nice.
I'm still sitting on the fence as what to get first. Perhaps brown or snuff suede. I have the GMTO Jodhpurs in antique oak on the way though :)
Noob here with a couple of questions:
1. In Meermin I have the following sizes:
Rui: 8.5 (fits good after break in)
Elton: 9 (OK fit)
Ron loafer: 8.5 (tight instep, but I always size down on loafers)
I am thinking of ordering Chukkas in the Hiro last (smooth leather). Should I go size 9 or 8.5?
2. When I use Saphir Renovateur on my completely new Meermins, the rag always get really discolored (from the dye, not dirt). Is this normal?
Does not happen to other shoes at the equal price i own.
3. What is best for spitshine? The saphir creme or the "high gloss wax"?
I have to disagree on this one. First of all my personal view is that Loake (quality of leather/suede, construction) is somewhere between Meermin Classic and Linea Maestro. The only thing to keep in mind is that most Loakes are open channel whereas all Meermin are closed channel shoes (this matters to some people, but pretty irrelevant once you wear shoes for a few days).
Loakes lasts (Capital and 026) are more generous for wider and higher instep feet. However, I can't agree with anyone who would say that that Loake's shoes don't have good styles: Loakes Strand, Buckingham, Pimlico and Kempton are iconic menswear styles.
I'm a little confused about meermins sizing. My measurements are 26,5CM length and 10,5CM width on the left foot. 26,7CM length and 11CM width on the right one. I have only recently bought my first classic shoe which would be the no 562 full brogue from shoepassion in UK8,5. I would say that my right foot fits pretty well with me barely squeezing a finger in, while my left foot has a tad of heel slip as it is called but not so much that it would slip out of the shoe or anything. However, when I wrote to Meermin asking about my shoe size here is what they wrote:
First of all thank you for your interest in Meermin.
In order to provide you with the most accurate sizing recommendation possible, kindly specify us your UK sizing, you usually wear on your dress shoes. SInce the wide measures you send us looks really small form our experience, we attch you the ones that from lenght should fit you so please double check the wide.
L 278mm shoe outsole 6UK.
W 096mm Shoe outsole 6UK.
L 268mm last insole 6UK.
W 91 mm last insole 6UK
Thanks again for your interest in Meermin and we hope we can assist you shortly.
I have yet to reply but I find it strange that I would have to jump from a UK8,5 to a UK6. Maybe they made a mistake or did I? As i have noticed in this thread, a person was recommended a UK9 when their measurements were 27.2 length and 9.6 width.
I am particularly interested in the Ron last as I am looking into buying their antique green calf MTO loafers when they appear again.