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post #6061 of 11778
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Originally Posted by striker View Post

They even forget to completely remove the plastic wraps used to protect the uppers during the sole-ing process. 

Is that what that piece of plastic is in my pictures? Can I just pull it off?

post #6062 of 11778
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Originally Posted by terrorsquad View Post

Hi Guys,

I will provide an update too smile.gif


Plum Museum Calf MTO

Firstly, the leather for the museum calf has been ordered; this will expedite the order this time. Great response for this order as mentioned in my previous post; really appreciate those who are participating in this order. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif


Secondly, a few special details will be added to this MTO which will be revealed in the next few days; Pepe has agreed to this request and will make samples for us.

Hatchgrain MTO

Pepe has received samples from Horween and is planning to make sample shoes (chukka and wholecut) for this order.

With regards to the last; I have indicated a chiseled last is preferred for this order. There is a possibility that an entirely new chiseled last will be made for this order along the lines of the TG73 last and U-last. However, we are still discussing this as it will take some time as the process of creating a new last is quite intensive. I will update once we have any word.


For those who plan to join, email me at meerminmto@yahoo.com. I will close the order on Friday and send out an email to all participants this weekend with all the details.
 

I don't know if you or anyone is in the position to have a conversation with Pepe about the QC issues. I understand that we may be a small sampling of the shoes that Meermin makes and ship but the things that I have seen are a little troubling. Some of the shoes clearly shouldn't have left the floor. I expect an MTO shoe to undergo a better QC process than a regular production line shoe.
post #6063 of 11778
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Originally Posted by gyasih View Post


I don't know if you or anyone is in the position to have a conversation with Pepe about the QC issues. I understand that we may be a small sampling of the shoes that Meermin makes and ship but the things that I have seen are a little troubling. Some of the shoes clearly shouldn't have left the floor. I expect an MTO shoe to undergo a better QC process than a regular production line shoe.

 

Gyasih, I totally agree with you on this; I am lucky that my pair turned out ok;so did most of the others. But for those whose shoes have had issues, I can understand the concern and also them being upset about it. I honestly would be upset and disappointed too.

 

I actually emailed Pepe earlier to raise this issue; I may also speak to him on the phone regarding this. What I have asked from him is that for future group MTO's, stricter QC is applied to all the shoes sent out. I have raised the concerns of the issues found regarding the shoes and hopefully the QC will be improved dramatically not only for the MTO's I am organizing but as a whole. I think he would realize that existing and potentially new customers may be turned off by these issues and distance themselves from the brand which will not be great for them.

 

As such, for the plum museum calf MTO and hatchgrain MTO, I will send consistent requests and reminders to Pepe to check and ensure that the completed MTO shoes sent out are in good shape and has really passed strict QC smile.gif

post #6064 of 11778
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Originally Posted by terrorsquad View Post

 

Gyasih, I totally agree with you on this; I am lucky that my pair turned out ok;so did most of the others. But for those whose shoes have had issues, I can understand the concern and also them being upset about it. I honestly would be upset and disappointed too.

 

I actually emailed Pepe earlier to raise this issue; I may also speak to him on the phone regarding this. What I have asked from him is that for future group MTO's, stricter QC is applied to all the shoes sent out. I have raised the concerns of the issues found regarding the shoes and hopefully the QC will be improved dramatically not only for the MTO's I am organizing but as a whole. I think he would realize that existing and potentially new customers may be turned off by these issues and distance themselves from the brand which will not be great for them.

 

As such, for the plum museum calf MTO and hatchgrain MTO, I will send consistent requests and reminders to Pepe to check and ensure that the completed MTO shoes sent out are in good shape and has really passed strict QC smile.gif

Yeah, it really is an important issue. I was planning on ordering some Meermin shell cordovan shoes, but after seeing all these issues I think I'll take my business elsewhere. It's simply just not worth the risk at the moment. I bought the dark brown museum calf, and I'm seriously hoping they won't have any problems when they arrive.

post #6065 of 11778
Is the medallion stamp off center, especially for the right foot shoe?
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Originally Posted by henrikc View Post

Brand new pair, just unpacked them. Should the welt be so uneven? No such issues on my double monks, nor on the desert boots from the same order.


post #6066 of 11778
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Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post

Is the medallion stamp off center, especially for the right foot shoe?

Very hard to tell without top down view. It could very well be the camera angle effect.

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Originally Posted by marburymadison View Post

What does the 'squeezing two to three' shoes out of each hide has to do with the 'creases' on the shoes?

If all parts of the leather hides are efficiently used, the blemished and stretched/deformed sections will be included in the uppers.

That's why for some top end shoes, only a pair or even a single shoes is made per hide.
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Originally Posted by Monkeyface View Post

After just a couple of wears I noticed strange things on the heels, could anyone help me identify what the issue is?

The heels are splitting. Is this normal?



A weird piece of plastic is starting to stick out from in between the heel. What is this?


Heel, not normal at all. Shouldn't be that much of a problem unless you kick your heels a lot. Some cream or edge dressing will conceal it.

Plastic, just tear those off. Completely safe. It's used to protect the suede when they sew on the welt and color the edges
post #6067 of 11778
Good call. Didn't catch that at first, got hung up on the welt. It's definitely off center. Had a hard time photographing it, but I can try to update with some more accurate photos after dinner.
post #6068 of 11778
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post


Very hard to tell without top down view. It could very well be the camera angle effect.
If all parts of the leather hides are efficiently used, the blemished and stretched/deformed sections will be included in the uppers.

That's why for some top end shoes, only a pair or even a single shoes is made per hide.
Heel, not normal at all. Shouldn't be that much of a problem unless you kick your heels a lot. Some cream or edge dressing will conceal it.

Plastic, just tear those off. Completely safe. It's used to protect the suede when they sew on the welt and color the edges

Thanks for the advice!

post #6069 of 11778

Jeeze, these production issues are awful, and way too frequent. "You get what you pay for" is starting to become realized, once again.

 

In other news, going on 5-weeks now for the Austerity Boot MTO. Hopefully we start getting some glimpses soon smile.gif

post #6070 of 11778
Well, after my 3rd order from Spain I got hit with the dreaded duties fees from FedEx. For my 160 Euro pair of shoes the duty is $39.75. With shipping and duty fees this places Meermin in the $250 price range for their classic collection. I'm not sure that at this price point Meermin represents a real value and I doubt I go with Meermin for future purchases.
post #6071 of 11778
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Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post

Is the medallion stamp off center, especially for the right foot shoe?
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Very hard to tell without top down view. It could very well be the camera angle effect.

A few more in the spoiler. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





Edited by henrikc - 5/22/13 at 12:31pm
post #6072 of 11778
Top down with the whole shoe(s) so we can determine if its a lasting issue or closing issue by observing the alignment from heel center, lacing, through broguing and the toe tip.

If its crooked all the way then it's lasting. But if its crooked only at the medallion it's a closing issue.

It does look off center slightly.
post #6073 of 11778
They use great leathers from the best tanneries but with this kind of craftsmanship and QC, honestly it look more like a waste of good materials...
post #6074 of 11778
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Top down with the whole shoe(s) so we can determine if its a lasting issue or closing issue by observing the alignment from heel center, lacing, through broguing and the toe tip.

If its crooked all the way then it's lasting. But if its crooked only at the medallion it's a closing issue.

It does look off center slightly.
Thanks, I really appreciate the help!


post #6075 of 11778
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Originally Posted by alexSF View Post

They use great leathers from the best tanneries but with this kind of craftsmanship and QC, honestly it look more like a waste of good materials...

I was saying the same thing, my Museum MTO seems to be okay. I am giving them heavy wear to see, but all looks fine.
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