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post #5611 of 10175
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Just uses edge dressing or shoe cream to re color them. Or if you want to go all out, sandpaper them at 200+ grid before using edge dressing or black dye.

I'm gonna have to do that but I was just surprised at the solubility of the existing dressing. (Is solubility a word?)
post #5612 of 10175

Looks like Pepe has gone with the surprise attack approach.

After hearing nothing AT ALL about my MTO shoes they arrived today!

 

First impression is that these are some nice looking shoes.

I sized up .5 on the last pair of Olfe shoes I got and I think they might be a bit larger than that as they feel looser than I expected.

 

Another thing I noticed is the lace I got are not nearly as flat as what I have seen in some peoples photos, they are pretty

much a standard round lace, I wonder if they ran out or something?

 

All in all I'm very happy with the result and can't wait to get them Topy'd and start wearing them.

 

thanks Terrorsquad.

post #5613 of 10175
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post


Just uses edge dressing or shoe cream to re color them. Or if you want to go all out, sandpaper them at 200+ grid before using edge dressing or black dye.
Olfe last?

Yes, Olfe.

post #5614 of 10175
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Originally Posted by OzzyJones View Post

I'm gonna have to do that but I was just surprised at the solubility of the existing dressing. (Is solubility a word?)

Shouldn't happen especially for black welt and sole edges. Black dye should be used and dye doesn't really dissolve in water.

Not an expert here but my guess is that they didn't sand the sole edge enough before putting black dye on the edges original coating so the dye didn't set in and peeled off after some wear and tear.
post #5615 of 10175
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Shouldn't happen especially for black welt and sole edges. Black dye should be used and dye doesn't really dissolve in water.

Not an expert here but my guess is that they didn't sand the sole edge enough before putting black dye on the edges original coating so the dye didn't set in and peeled off after some wear and tear.

My concern is that it was fine til I wore them in the rain. The rain fckd the finish on the entire shoe except the waxed toe. (My polish job not factory finish) When I wiped them down at first I thought it was polish coming off then realised it was the edge dye. It's my LM norvegesse so I'm less than chuffed!
post #5616 of 10175

Ordered two from the Maestro line. Freudenburg black calf and naturcalf marron double monks.

Black pair arrived today after 60 days. Had to write UPS a check for $33.

Double monks will be another month (3 months total) and will write UPS another $33 check.

Double monks are pretty popular right now but I can get a custom leather couch in 3 months.

Started out as a treasure hunt and turned into a bit of a pain. Hopefully that will all be forgotten once I'm wearing my shoes regularly. 

post #5617 of 10175
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 #5618 of 10175
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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 #5619 of 10175

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

post #5620 of 10175
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 #5621 of 10175
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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 #5622 of 10175
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 #5623 of 10175
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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 #5624 of 10175
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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 #5625 of 10175
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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).

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