Originally Posted by NAMOR
^ post pics, don't complain
it's a fcking reality of buying shoes. Meermin is only attractive at the prices listed online. With duties and fees, use tax they are not worth the money, not in the states atleast
Where do you find a better valued/construction shoes instead of Meermin LM (less than $450 w/o trees)? Vass is the only other option at ~$200 more but they do have a harder time in making things consistently. Saint Crispins are nice but its $1500+. The cheapest bespoke maker I've talked to starts at $800.
Carmina/C&J are way overpriced their mediocre quality besides the fact that they are GY welted. G&G RTW has been cutting corners since going mass market and AS is just disappointing. JL and EG are top notch but JL skimps on material as well. EG is best of the GY welted pack but their customer service is meh.
Don't get me wrong, Meermin LM saves on some materials as well (specifically cost cutting at the JL level, a notch below EG), but guys like Carmina and C&J cuts much much more...
Vass is good. Saint Crispins is good (aside from the machine stitched soles).