Originally Posted by Quadcammer
can we find out once and for all where these things are made?
Originally Posted by konda
At least the Classic Collection shoes are made in China (a very small chance in some other Asian country, but China is the information I have been given).
If looking for quality significantly above average from your normal British/American shoes (like Loake 1880 series, Sanders, Allen Edmonds, Barker, Herring Shoes), I suggest one only considers the Linea Maestro line from Meermin and forgets about the Classic Collection. If one is looking for an average shoe, like the ones above, I suggest one goes for the Classic Collection: they are beater shoes, do not be mistaken about this.
Originally Posted by ddsg
It may be that the uppers are sewn in China and then welted in Spain. I believe Allen Edmonds does this with some of its "made in the USA" models (only replace China with the Dominican Republic)
I've written this before, but might as well do it again: The information I have is that BOTH the classical line and Linea maestro collection is made in China and finished in Spain (the information doesn't come directly from Meermin, but from people who have good insight into the shoe industry on Mallorca). I have no information on exactly what "finished" means and how much of the work it includes, but I'm pretty sure that it's far more than just the upper sewing that is made in China. Think about it, it would be too "good" to be true to get handwelted shoes entirely made in Spain for 250 euros (or 260 now, it appears).
The fact that they stamp the insole with Made in Spain now (is this new, my pair don't have the stamp?) would therefore seem a bit odd I think, but it's a fact that it often takes just a bit of making in the country, eg "finishing" the product, to be able to put that "Made in..." stamp on it.