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post #5611 of 11765
Finally had a chance to examine my MTOs. I'm not posting pictures because they'd be nothing different than others have already shown. I felt like I was taking a bit of a chance going with the Olfe since my other Meermins are Hiros. I went with the same size in both and find the Olfe fits similarly to the Hiro. Plenty of width, yet the shape is much more elegant. To my eye, it's proportions are just right--not too pointy, not too round. I really dislike Carmina's Inca as it's a bit too aggressive, but I'm with others in that the Olfe is a great looking last.

For the price, the finishing is outstanding. I think some guys are expecting EG or Lobb quality at this price point. Not going to happen. However, my hat's off to the folks at Meermin for packing a crazy amount of value into these shoes as well as to TerrorSquad who did an even better job herding all of us needy shoe nerds!
post #5612 of 11765
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Originally Posted by REguy View Post

Finally had a chance to examine my MTOs. I'm not posting pictures because they'd be nothing different than others have already shown. I felt like I was taking a bit of a chance going with the Olfe since my other Meermins are Hiros. I went with the same size in both and find the Olfe fits similarly to the Hiro. Plenty of width, yet the shape is much more elegant. To my eye, it's proportions are just right--not too pointy, not too round. I really dislike Carmina's Inca as it's a bit too aggressive, but I'm with others in that the Olfe is a great looking last.

For the price, the finishing is outstanding. I think some guys are expecting EG or Lobb quality at this price point. Not going to happen. However, my hat's off to the folks at Meermin for packing a crazy amount of value into these shoes as well as to TerrorSquad who did an even better job herding all of us needy shoe nerds!

+1, the average person wouldn't see the things we point out on this forum. I have come to terms with the minor flaw. Overall, these are killer.
post #5613 of 11765

Paying such a price and expecting EG or Lobb quality is stupid. If Lobb/EG quality is what you desire, buy Lobb/EG.

post #5614 of 11765
warning, i did not read this entire thread so apologies if this has been covered.

what options does meermin offer for MTO as far as changing the sole and leather type/color for items available in the online shop?

thanks!
post #5615 of 11765
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

warning, i did not read this entire thread so apologies if this has been covered.

what options does meermin offer for MTO as far as changing the sole and leather type/color for items available in the online shop?

thanks!

Pretty much your hearts desire!
post #5616 of 11765
More museum calf MTO photos, perhaps somewhat redundant at this point, but I did take a few closeups of parts of the finishing in which folks might be interested. Sizing worked out just right. Olfe last is nice. I think I like Carmina's better, but Olfe is quite nice. Thanks to Terrorsquad for putting this together, including encouraging Meermin to see about getting access to the museum calf. The shoes are great, but the leather really is the best part.

I'm going to spoiler most of these, but this one I think really highlights the beauty of the leather.

Edit: since the issue of laces came up, there was an extra pair of laces in my box. They're round rather than flat, which I think was a nice decision on Meermin's part, since it allows me to choose.


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)









Edited by Mr. Six - 5/13/13 at 12:24pm
post #5617 of 11765
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Originally Posted by Zarium View Post

Paying such a price and expecting EG or Lobb quality is stupid. If Lobb/EG quality is what you desire, buy Lobb/EG.

Not to get into a debate, but how do you classify getting Lobb or EG quality and then some at Vass' price point?

I don't think it stupid or unreasonable, especially if you look at some of the flaws, they are minor. Thus, slightly better QC would get the desired quality.

And since we don't have a real breakdown of materials (that I know of), we don't know who uses the better material, if that is a standard for JL or EG quality. In this case, they are using the same leather as JL. I have shoes by all three makers.

Mr. Six, thank you for the pics. It seems Meermin just has to get better at cutting (i don't know if clicking is the right term) their leather. The leather on the top portion of the cap is not consistent/clean/refined.
post #5618 of 11765
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Mr. Six, thank you for the pics. It seems Meermin just has to get better at cutting (i don't know if clicking is the right term) their leather. The leather on the top portion of the cap is not consistent/clean/refined.

I agree. Other areas for improvement, based on a quick look on my part (and no expertise): the punching could be reviewed a bit more closely, stitching on the back could be improved, the edges of the soles could be sanded a bit more finely, and the joining of the pieces of the sole could be done to produce a more seamless result. But those are the kinds of details for which you pay a higher price. Again, I'm not an expert and haven't looked at the shoes for a long period, but I think that they represent a good level of quality, especially relative to the price.
post #5619 of 11765
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Originally Posted by gyasih View Post


Not to get into a debate, but how do you classify getting Lobb or EG quality and then some at Vass' price point?

I don't think it stupid or unreasonable, especially if you look at some of the flaws, they are minor. Thus, slightly better QC would get the desired quality.

And since we don't have a real breakdown of materials (that I know of), we don't know who uses the better material, if that is a standard for JL or EG quality. In this case, they are using the same leather as JL. I have shoes by all three makers.

Mr. Six, thank you for the pics. It seems Meermin just has to get better at cutting (i don't know if clicking is the right term) their leather. The leather on the top portion of the cap is not consistent/clean/refined.

 

For anyone that's interested, EG, JL, and Meermin all use heat-formed pvc toe stiffeners.  Meermin and EG uses leather heel stiffeners while JL uses heat-formed pvc.  Not 100% sure about Meermin's lining, but EG/JL all lined with leather only (unlike C&J and others who lined also with linen in addition to just leather lining).

 

Meermin LM uses insole leather thats 3.5-4mm thick (thats around 7 iron for those whose interested).

post #5620 of 11765
That group buy looks amazing...I am gonna subscribe to this thread for the next one!
post #5621 of 11765
Also, I have been looking to try and gauge meermin...but what would fit similar to the allen edmonds 1 last? I am thinking the Hiro would be the same (-1 size, so a 14D allen edmonds in the 1-last would be a 13 in meermin's hiro).

Sorry if the question's been asked a million times. I've been trying to catch up on this thread but there are so many pages!
post #5622 of 11765
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Originally Posted by OzzyJones View Post

Pretty much your hearts desire!

awesome. how does one go about that. email their general inbox? someone in specific to contact? what is the best way to go and what is the up-charge?

also, Mr. Six, those look fantastic!
post #5623 of 11765
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Originally Posted by OzzyJones View Post

Pretty much your hearts desire!

awesome. how does one go about that. email their general inbox? someone in specific to contact? what is the best way to go and what is the up-charge?

also, Mr. Six, those look fantastic!
post #5624 of 11765
The MTO antiques do look amazing from the pictures. If anyone has any in a UK 8 and finds they don't fit or - unbelievable - they don't like them, then I will be more than willing to buy them.

Just got some dub monks in brown at a 7.5 and too tight. Told the wait for a pair of 8's is 35 days minimum. Bear than in mind anyone who is ordering these. Be prepped for a couple of month wait.
post #5625 of 11765
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

awesome. how does one go about that. email their general inbox? someone in specific to contact? what is the best way to go and what is the up-charge?

also, Mr. Six, those look fantastic!

E-mail pepe@Meermin.es for MTO enquiries. Up charge is €100 but subtract 21% vat
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