I can say with certainty that my MTO LM Meermins don't come close to my Saint Crispin's, John Lobbs, and Edward Greens. I can also say for certain that I find them to be much better than Loake, Allen Edmonds, and Alfred Sargent Premiers (which I don't think are being made anymore, so one shouldn't use this as a comment on the current AS line). Between those two ends of the spectrum is a toss up in terms of comparison, but I will say this - none of them are selling shoes for the prices that Meermin is offering theirs for.
Hey Derek, I was just wondering if you're referring both referring Classic Collection and Linea Maestro, or just the latter when you say the quality of Meermin to be much better than Allen Edmonds, etc. for certain. (I guess it's just Linea Maestro since you wrote "LM Meermins"?)
I'm also curious what are the features of Meermin that distinguish itself from those like Allen Edmond's. Is it the quality of leather or their channeled stitching construction?
I am trying to start a decent shoe collection for the first time of my life and thought of starting with AE given that it was best option for my price range with its reputable quality, but after reading your review of Meermin on PTO, I am having a second thoughts on that choice...