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post #2746 of 12099
Y'all these shoes better be worth the ridiculous hoops UPS is making me jump through to pay the brokerage fee and get my package. ffffuuuu.gif
post #2747 of 12099
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

Y'all these shoes better be worth the ridiculous hoops UPS is making me jump through to pay the brokerage fee and get my package. ffffuuuu.gif

Can you elaborate?  Looking to purchase a pair of shell longwings and would like to know what to expect.

post #2748 of 12099

Is there anything that can be done on Meermin's end to simplify shipping for us?

post #2749 of 12099
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Originally Posted by kev777 View Post

Looking good G !!!, Hows the fit and everything as expected ??

They fit really well. I have never worn a monk, so I need to get used to putting them on. Small blemish on the finishing, but it's located where no one would see it.
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Originally Posted by justinkapur View Post

G is the suede light brown? or more grey? I hope brown. Styling looks pretty awesome but there doesnt seem to have any taper or shape in the waist

It is brown-here are some better pictures:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)







post #2750 of 12099
Quick sizing question, I was looking at picking up a pair from B&S but wanted to get some sizing info before I decided. I have a pair of AE PA's in an 11 that is a tiny bit too small for me (sized down 1) what size should I be looking at for the Hiro last? Would an 11uk be a decent fit?
post #2751 of 12099
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Originally Posted by Blog Marley View Post

Quick sizing question, I was looking at picking up a pair from B&S but wanted to get some sizing info before I decided. I have a pair of AE PA's in an 11 that is a tiny bit too small for me (sized down 1) what size should I be looking at for the Hiro last? Would an 11uk be a decent fit?

If your AEs are in a size 11 and are a bit small, 10UK Hiro would probably work for you depending on whether it's length or width issues. If too short, then 10.5UK hiro, if too narrow, then 10UK Hiro
post #2752 of 12099
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

Y'all these shoes better be worth the ridiculous hoops UPS is making me jump through to pay the brokerage fee and get my package. ffffuuuu.gif

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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

Can you elaborate?  Looking to purchase a pair of shell longwings and would like to know what to expect.

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

Is there anything that can be done on Meermin's end to simplify shipping for us?

The short version is, UPS charges a brokerage fee even if you don't get hit with customs fees. They make you pay the brokerage fee COD to the delivery driver, and apparently it has to be a certified check or money order.

The long version is, that took three delivery attempts, four trips to the UPS store next to my office, and one trip to the bank to accomplish successfully, because UPS doesn't give complete info about these situations on their website and won't let you pay the brokerage fee online or by credit card at the UPS store.

I don't know what Meermin could do except send the shoes via a method that would be handed off to the USPS. Has anyone successfully had them do that?
post #2753 of 12099
My MTO cordovan NST were delivered today, wearing them as I write this. Thought I would share some photographs, please endure my photography skills, or lack thereof. The images haven't been altered in any way, shape or form.,I simply couldn't be bothered to resize them.

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The color is quite hard to capture properly, because it changes so much depending on the light. As I carried them outside to photograph them they changed from black to brown to what I can only describe as a muted cherry. Indoors they appear quite dark brown.

As for the fit, I wear a UK9 in C&J 341, UK8.5 in C&J 335 and a 9 in pretty much everything else I've tried on. After consulting Pepe for advice I ordered a UK9.5, and it seems to fit quite well. Perhaps a tiny bit of heel slippage, but if that isn't solved by breaking them in then a tongue pad will solve it. I have wiggle room for my toes, which is my preference, but my feet aren't swimming in the shoes. I'd consider it a good fit for my feet.
post #2754 of 12099
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

The short version is, UPS charges a brokerage fee even if you don't get hit with customs fees. They make you pay the brokerage fee COD to the delivery driver, and apparently it has to be a certified check or money order.
The long version is, that took three delivery attempts, four trips to the UPS store next to my office, and one trip to the bank to accomplish successfully, because UPS doesn't give complete info about these situations on their website and won't let you pay the brokerage fee online or by credit card at the UPS store.
I don't know what Meermin could do except send the shoes via a method that would be handed off to the USPS. Has anyone successfully had them do that?

That would be correos, which is not the most reliable and quite slow. Seems like they were always Fedex before, which had a few forms to fill out but wasn't too bad. Did you request UPS?
post #2755 of 12099
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

That would be correos, which is not the most reliable and quite slow. Seems like they were always Fedex before, which had a few forms to fill out but wasn't too bad. Did you request UPS?

No, that's just what they decided to use.
post #2756 of 12099
OK, here are my shoes. Burgundy PTBs, RTW. I'm not sure what to think about them.

Well, let me back up - when I saw these pics Jake posted of his shell norwegians in progress, it set off some warning bells - or at least question bells - in my head. Anyone who's seen Horween shells before they're made up knows they never have a rough, matte finish like this - they pretty much have the gloss and smoothness of the final product when they send them to the factories. Apparently this Argentinian shell is different, and the finish is applied by Meermin after the shoes are made up.
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Originally Posted by Jakezero View Post

I like Gyasih's monks, but they're not exactly vanilla. Here are some in progress shots of my cordovan norwegians. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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When mine arrived, they looked okay - the toe of one shoe had a decent shine to it, but the rest of them looked kinda dry. On closer inspection, I started to see some spots around the stitching where the finish didn't cover and that raw, rough stuff was visible.

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I tried them on and walked around the office, and immediately they looked like this, very dry and rough-looking in the creases. (Note, this is NOT the white bloom you get sometimes in the creases with Horween shell.) I rubbed the light spots with my thumb and some of the burgundy finish rubbed off.

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I took them home and worked on them for a while with a brush, some Venetian Cream, and a little Alden cordovan paste wax, and got them back to looking like this:

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But when I put them on again, the light creases reappeared, albeit not quite as bad as the first time.

Moral of the story, I guess, is you get what you pay for and there's a reason Horween is so expensive. I may try some Renovateur and see if that makes a difference, but I'm not super impressed with the finish on these and may end up sending them back. It's a disappointment for sure, especially after waiting more than two months for what were supposed to be stock shoes.
post #2757 of 12099
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post


The short version is, UPS charges a brokerage fee even if you don't get hit with customs fees. They make you pay the brokerage fee COD to the delivery driver, and apparently it has to be a certified check or money order.
The long version is, that took three delivery attempts, four trips to the UPS store next to my office, and one trip to the bank to accomplish successfully, because UPS doesn't give complete info about these situations on their website and won't let you pay the brokerage fee online or by credit card at the UPS store.
I don't know what Meermin could do except send the shoes via a method that would be handed off to the USPS. Has anyone successfully had them do that?

 

I don't know if this applies to orders entering the US, but I know that when shipping to Canada, brokerage fees are only charged when shipping with the cheaper UPS options (ground, saver). All of their shipping options with "international" in the name include brokerage. Maybe Meermin can upgrade their shipping to this? From experience, it only costs a few dollars more and saves the ridiculous fees charged by UPS and all the other shipping companies. Even USPS charges brokerage I believe, but at a much more reasonable price.

post #2758 of 12099
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

OK, here are my shoes. Burgundy PTBs, RTW. I'm not sure what to think about them.
Well, let me back up - when I saw these pics Jake posted of his shell norwegians in progress, it set off some warning bells - or at least question bells - in my head. Anyone who's seen Horween shells before they're made up knows they never have a rough, matte finish like this - they pretty much have the gloss and smoothness of the final product when they send them to the factories. Apparently this Argentinian shell is different, and the finish is applied by Meermin after the shoes are made up.
When mine arrived, they looked okay - the toe of one shoe had a decent shine to it, but the rest of them looked kinda dry. On closer inspection, I started to see some spots around the stitching where the finish didn't cover and that raw, rough stuff was visible.
3146C9A3-59CA-4F4D-A81C-90E882D04485-8254-00000378FF16C4C6.jpg
I tried them on and walked around the office, and immediately they looked like this, very dry and rough-looking in the creases. (Note, this is NOT the white bloom you get sometimes in the creases with Horween shell.) I rubbed the light spots with my thumb and some of the burgundy finish rubbed off.
BEDC7A4A-AD11-4B6E-A73B-E8AE522B3ABB-8254-00000379057C7265.jpg0B7708CB-6387-48AD-93A7-CEAD0A4F80FA-8254-0000037909E0A2F1.jpg25455DC4-D6B8-4CE7-B545-F79581F02A54-8254-00000379077508F4.jpg
I took them home and worked on them for a while with a brush, some Venetian Cream, and a little Alden cordovan paste wax, and got them back to looking like this:
5455D5F5-9C14-407B-8AF1-E81FFB0281AA-8254-00000379030DEE9E.jpg
But when I put them on again, the light creases reappeared, albeit not quite as bad as the first time.
Moral of the story, I guess, is you get what you pay for and there's a reason Horween is so expensive. I may try some Renovateur and see if that makes a difference, but I'm not super impressed with the finish on these and may end up sending them back. It's a disappointment for sure, especially after waiting more than two months for what were supposed to be stock shoes.

those look like a whole lot of MEH, especially given the ridiculous shipping/customs nonsense
post #2759 of 12099
Quote:
Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

OK, here are my shoes. Burgundy PTBs, RTW. I'm not sure what to think about them.

Well, let me back up - when I saw these pics Jake posted of his shell norwegians in progress, it set off some warning bells - or at least question bells - in my head. Anyone who's seen Horween shells before they're made up knows they never have a rough, matte finish like this - they pretty much have the gloss and smoothness of the final product when they send them to the factories. Apparently this Argentinian shell is different, and the finish is applied by Meermin after the shoes are made up.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jakezero View Post

I like Gyasih's monks, but they're not exactly vanilla. Here are some in progress shots of my cordovan norwegians. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

]


When mine arrived, they looked okay - the toe of one shoe had a decent shine to it, but the rest of them looked kinda dry. On closer inspection, I started to see some spots around the stitching where the finish didn't cover and that raw, rough stuff was visible.

3146C9A3-59CA-4F4D-A81C-90E882D04485-8254-00000378FF16C4C6.jpg


I tried them on and walked around the office, and immediately they looked like this, very dry and rough-looking in the creases. (Note, this is NOT the white bloom you get sometimes in the creases with Horween shell.) I rubbed the light spots with my thumb and some of the burgundy finish rubbed off.

BEDC7A4A-AD11-4B6E-A73B-E8AE522B3ABB-8254-00000379057C7265.jpg0B7708CB-6387-48AD-93A7-CEAD0A4F80FA-8254-0000037909E0A2F1.jpg25455DC4-D6B8-4CE7-B545-F79581F02A54-8254-00000379077508F4.jpg


I took them home and worked on them for a while with a brush, some Venetian Cream, and a little Alden cordovan paste wax, and got them back to looking like this:

5455D5F5-9C14-407B-8AF1-E81FFB0281AA-8254-00000379030DEE9E.jpg


But when I put them on again, the light creases reappeared, albeit not quite as bad as the first time.

Moral of the story, I guess, is you get what you pay for and there's a reason Horween is so expensive. I may try some Renovateur and see if that makes a difference, but I'm not super impressed with the finish on these and may end up sending them back. It's a disappointment for sure, especially after waiting more than two months for what were supposed to be stock shoes.

I'd talk to them about it. Doesn't seem like a common occurrance with their shell shoes. 

post #2760 of 12099
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Originally Posted by joiji View Post

I'd talk to them about it. Doesn't seem like a common occurrance with their shell shoes. 

 

+1.  Based on past history, I bet they exchange for a new pair.

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