Originally Posted by New Shoes1
BellyHungry and JakeZero: you've both purchased burgundy shell recently. Have you noticed any problems along the lines mentioned by Orgetorix?
Originally Posted by bellyhungry
My other pair of shell is RL Marlow, the leather behaves the same way as my Meermin, which is similar to what Orgetorix experienced (i.e. the dryness,) but to a much lesser extent. As a shell novice, I just assume that is the characteristics of shell. A little brush after each wear and some some application of whatever wax/cream every now and then, they look fine.
I did note that the finish on the Meermin is not as refined as my Marlow but it is not a deal breaker for me at all.
For high shine, nothing beats my calf-leathered C&J.
My biggest complaint is having to break in the Meermin given the high collar rubbing against my 'lateral lalleolus' on my left foot.
I am, like bellyhungry, a shell novice. I've got a pair of C&J Skye 2 on their way, and they'll hopefully be with me some time next week, but until then, these NSTs are my only shell shoes. I've only worn my shoes for perhaps 6 hours, and I've got some of what Orgetorix has, but to a much lesser extent.
I've got three creases on my right shoe and one on my left, but my left shoe always seem to fare better than my right. After inserting shoe trees and brushing the shoes briskly it's FAR less noticeable. I'm also going to have to break my Meermins in, as all shoes chafe my right heel which is the reason I mainly buy boots.
While I'm on the subject of Meermin, I have to say that I'm really happy with the shoe trees they provided for my shoes. I've never had lasted shoe trees, and I know that these aren't lasted either, but the trees fit extremely well.