I received my Meermin black wholecuts from the classic line, Ama last, as a test shoe. The calf is tight grained and smooth, close channeled, and good stitchwork. I am now ordering a pair of the LM cap toes in tan. and a MTO iderby with scotch or pebble grain.
I couldn't be happier with Luisa's or Pepe's communicatin. AE is not even close to comparable in value/construction. I am not, as many are, into the new rage of double monks or boots, and suede is suede. It comes down to construction, craftmanship, communication. Meermin passes with an A grade for my taste. The last options, with uppers (slightly limited) built to your specs with Bontoni like finishing on heel counter, toes , is an incomparable MTO value at $500. I own Lobb 7000 and Green 888, C$J 348 and 337, and Alden Aberdeen all in 12 UK or 13US D width. The Ama is fine as a one size drop from US and hope the New Rey to also be, as the 348 fits fine as a comparable elongated toe in 12 UK