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Originally Posted by RDiaz View Post

 

In Spain that's a common misconception. The fact that wearing loafers with a suit has become accepted doesn't make it formal. It's just an accepted form of casualization. They're OK for everyday office wear but for a formal event or meeting of some sort you should still wear lace-ups. Bluchers are considered formal here, though (as long as there's not excessive brogueing)

 

Now there's a thing.  I often wear black longwing brogued derbies as formal shoes and I think they look as much.  I've never worked in Spain or much with Spaniards, so I didn't really notice whether they wear loafers.  Italians  Swiss, Greeks and Americans are the loaferists I've noticed over the years.  And Arabs, but let's not go there.

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Originally Posted by cbfn View Post

And in Norway people don't know the difference between loafers, bluchers and oxfords; as long as they are black, of poor quality leather, worn every day, rests without shoe trees, and salt stained you are good to go!

 

I think you'll find that problem is international!

post #4428 of 10276
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

Now there's a thing.  I often wear black longwing brogued derbies as formal shoes and I think they look as much.  I've never worked in Spain or much with Spaniards, so I didn't really notice whether they wear loafers.  Italians  Swiss, Greeks and Americans are the loaferists I've noticed over the years.  And Arabs, but let's not go there.

It's strange to see lace-ups (blucher or oxford) at all around these parts, but then again, loafers are considered OK for everyday office wear. The best dressed men at my workplace always wear lace-ups with suits, though. And they're not the politicians tounge.gif

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

Now there's a thing.  I often wear black longwing brogued derbies as formal shoes and I think they look as much.  I've never worked in Spain or much with Spaniards, so I didn't really notice whether they wear loafers.  Italians  Swiss, Greeks and Americans are the loaferists I've noticed over the years.  And Arabs, but let's not go there.

Well in italy is kind of popular to have loafters with suits, also among older people... among youngs is a trend since many years (luckly that f***ing thing of having sneakers with suits is dying, ORRIBLE!) ; 

 

what I see is mainly oxfords (brown and black but lots and lots of brown)  and loafters, (http://www.church-footwear.com/it/IT/man/loafers/pembrey/prestige-black  probably this model from church's is the most popular pair of smart shoes in north of Italy,my dad and my uncles really have 50 of them somewhere at home I guess) ;

 

what you really don't see anywhere in here are bluchers , that's probably why I find them so orrible looking myself :)

 

The issue in my humble opinion is that there are sooo many people wearing shitty looking shoes from monday to friday that loafters as long as they're clean,shaped and well kept they do look way nicer than what you see around in most cases.

 

Also that rule of no brown in town must be a english-american thing because I always saw brown shoes in town in Torino,Milano,Firenze,Rome,Naples etc smile.gif

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I just placed an order for these: http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1920 in hopes of getting a similar shape to these offered from Kent Wang: http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html. After looking at more pictures in this thread, I worried I'll be disappointed. Any opinions?
 

edit: The meermin site seems to be down at the time of the post. The link above is for the black wholecuts in Ama last.


Edited by kmitch101 - 2/25/13 at 9:22am
post #4431 of 10276
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Originally Posted by kmitch101 View Post

I just placed an order for these: http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1920 in hopes of getting a similar shape to these offered from Kent Wang: http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html. After looking at more pictures in this thread, I worried I'll be disappointed. Any opinions?

 
edit: The meermin site seems to be down at the time of the post. The link above is for the black wholecuts in Ama last.
The shoes from KW look to be more on a par looks wise with Linea Maestro but is that worth double the price? Don't own any classic line Meermin so can't speak personally to construction/wait time. How quickly do you want them?
post #4432 of 10276
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The shoes from KW look to be more on a par looks wise with Linea Maestro but is that worth double the price? Don't own any classic line Meermin so can't speak personally to construction/wait time. How quickly do you want them?

 



Not really in any big hurry for them per se. Are you referring to the New Rey last in the LM line (http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1982)? I was thinking the shape of the KWs might be somewhere in between the Ama and New Rey. Maybe even Olfie. From some pictures the New Rey looks incredibly pointy/narrow, but that could just be the camera angles. As you said, the price is also about double for the Linea Maestro, but I also don't want to get something I won't like and then not wear anyway. If only I could see them in person before buying...

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Originally Posted by kmitch101 View Post

I just placed an order for these: http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1920 in hopes of getting a similar shape to these offered from Kent Wang: http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/benchgrade-plaintoe-balmoral.html. After looking at more pictures in this thread, I worried I'll be disappointed. Any opinions?
 

edit: The meermin site seems to be down at the time of the post. The link above is for the black wholecuts in Ama last.

 

I own a Meermin captoe blucher on the Ama last as well as KW brown captoes (which looks to me to be on the same last as the plaintoe balmorals you mentioned liking). The two shoes look nothing alike in shape. That doesn't sound like what you were hoping to hear. I like both of the shoes very much, but if I were choosing between the two you mentioned, then I'd pick the KWs because of how I'd wear them (in a "dressier" situation) - they are much sleeker.

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Ok Gentleman, an update to all the participants of the MTO. Meermin has made samples of the MTO shoe (since the museum calf is a special order). Bear in mind that these are just samples and the leather used in the pictures below are not the actual leathers for the MTO.

 

The picture below shoes the samples in the Hiro and Olfe last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepe has informed me that he has made 2 slight changes to the samples above:

 

1) He will be adding a bit more 'curve' (as illustrated in the picture below) in the stitching of the eyelet tabs. The stitching will be made closer to the hole; and

2) They will reduce the size of the holes in the brogueing on the toe cap by 0.5mm 

 

 

 

As you all can see, there is a lot of effort put in by Meermin to get this order right since it is a special order. I have reminded Pepe of our request for pictures for the museum calf and he will be sending it very soon (he is a very busy man).

 

He also informed me that they will start the clicking process for the museum calf very soon.

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Great! More curve at the eyelet tabs is good. Unfortunately the eyelet spacing is still parallel lines and not refined. frown.gif

Would they be able to stitch one side of the tongue to the eyelet tab, similar to JL and EG?
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I will highlight this to Pepe; thankfully these are just samples.

 

i'll also try to ask them regarding the stiching of the tongue to the eyelet.

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Originally Posted by terrorsquad View Post

I will highlight this to Pepe; thankfully these are just samples.

i'll also try to ask them regarding the stiching of the tongue to the eyelet.


JL 1999. Note the lacing width between both sides are wider in the front and narrower in the middle and flare out slightly at the back.

Meermin has uniform spacing forming two parallel lines which makes them stood out as unnatural.
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post



JL 1999. Note the lacing width between both sides are wider in the front and narrower in the middle and flare out slightly at the back.

Meermin has uniform spacing forming two parallel lines which makes them stood out as unnatural.
Good call, much nicer!
post #4439 of 10276
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Originally Posted by terrorsquad View Post

Gentleman,

Any suggestions for a type of design for hatchgrain calf?I was thinking of a split toe like the EG Dover but a chukka or a wholecut like G&G will also be fantastic.

Would be interested to get some feedback from you guys smile.gif
 

I thought this was your personal MTO project, but great to see another group MTO come to life! I'm in for anything balmoral, wholecut or not.

Can we pls do this with a chiseled toe, similar to TG73? I assume New Ray is the closet last Meermin has for that.
post #4440 of 10276
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Originally Posted by topos View Post

 

I own a Meermin captoe blucher on the Ama last as well as KW brown captoes (which looks to me to be on the same last as the plaintoe balmorals you mentioned liking). The two shoes look nothing alike in shape. That doesn't sound like what you were hoping to hear. I like both of the shoes very much, but if I were choosing between the two you mentioned, then I'd pick the KWs because of how I'd wear them (in a "dressier" situation) - they are much sleeker.


Thanks for the info. That's very helpful. The Ama last appears somewhat sleeker in the Meermin last lineup picture than in any pictures from people here. Maybe it's something to do with the overall width... I do want to try Meermin at some point. Maybe something more like the Olfie last which looks pretty nice in some of the pictures I've seen posted.

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