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post #14431 of 15523
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Originally Posted by sarteaga View Post
 


My only other pair of chelsea's are black calf ones by Loake.

 

Photo? I'm tempted by meermin's...

post #14432 of 15523
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Originally Posted by nttdocomo View Post
 

 

Photo? I'm tempted by meermin's...


Don't have a pic saved but if you check my instagram (sarteaga0408) it is about 15 weeks back or 16 photos ago.

post #14433 of 15523
The "just spend more and buy Carmina" argument became a hell of a lot less sensible when Camrina jacked up prices. I have no experience with Meermin, but I routinely see the landed price in the US somewhere around $245. For another $100, one can get Carlos Santos or Loake; sure, it costs more. Sure $100 isn't an insignificant number to most people. BUT, if it's worth it due to better fit, better durability and better overall experience, it's not an extreme jump. Let's call Carlos Santos and Loake $325 landed; is that price jump really so crazy?
post #14434 of 15523

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.

post #14435 of 15523
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 better quality.
post #14436 of 15523
Urban and you guys are right, sorry for my ignorance, didn't realize the price of carmina jumped so much.
I will post a photo of both carmina and meermin museum calf for apology.
post #14437 of 15523

Quick sizing inquiry: I am a 12D Brannock. 11.5E in AE 65 last. 11D in Alden TrueBalance. What would I be in Meermin Rui?

post #14438 of 15523

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.

post #14439 of 15523

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. 

post #14440 of 15523
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Originally Posted by sarteaga View Post
 


Don't have a pic saved but if you check my instagram (sarteaga0408) it is about 15 weeks back or 16 photos ago.

 

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 :)

post #14441 of 15523

Hi guys,

 

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"?

 

Thank you!

post #14442 of 15523
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Originally Posted by BilboHaggins View Post

Hi guys,

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"?

Thank you!

2. This is not normal and is the worst thing about Meermin. Probably why I will never buy again. Or I may consider just black leather and suede. On brown leather, this is a nightmare. Seem to scuff extremely easily too.
3. Wax is ALWAYS better for a mirror spit shine. If that's what you want, you won't be able to achieve it with cream.
post #14443 of 15523

 

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.

 

 

@abadlot

 

Originally Posted by tbrock View Post


Loake 1880 are better made and have infinitely better qc. However, as a younger man I find their lasts and styles unsuitable for me. They're the shoes my dad wears.
post #14444 of 15523
The point about style is entirely subjective. The point about construction in that post and my other one not so.

Loake 1880 isn't between classic and LM at all. It is apart. It can't be compared to LM because it is Goodyear welted (and even if you do compare, I have never even seen a Loake second that looks as bad as some of the 'first' LM shoes posted here, clearly made by workers not capable of handwelting) and it can only be compared favourably to classic.

The loake lasts are too old fashioned for me. Entirely personal. Loake construction for the price is very good. Meermin for the price is also good, but you don't have to pay *that* much more for better (loake).
post #14445 of 15523

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.

Kind regards,

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.
 

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