Just got my first Meermins: Blue Suede Derbies from the classic range and Black Cordovan Cap-toe Oxfords (semi-mto) from the LM range
Boot pre-lasting Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
By way of some context, on 13 Mar I placed an order for a MTO cap toe cordovan boot. On 19 Mar I added the Cordovan Cap-toes after Pepe advised it would be no problem to modify their normal shell cap-toe to remove the broguing without incurring the normal MTO up-charge.
I made the second 50% payment on 15 May and they Shipped 16 May, arriving in the UK on 23 May (I added the suede derbies on 15 May when pepe advised they were in stock). This puts it about 9 weeks to partially fulfil my order, and pepe's advice was they were on track for mid/late june delivery of the boot (which would be 13 weeks). The boots were ready to be lasted when these shipped
All in all, I'm very happy with both shoes so far! The cordovan looks great up close, I would say it's very similar in finish to what Carmina delivers (although I know this is not Horween cordovan unlike Carmina). There's not very much wax from what I can tell and it looks fairly well nourished.
You can definitely tell the difference in finishing details between classic vs LM. Although there are no defects, the derbies did need a clean and a brush. One peculiar thing about the Suede is that the nap is in opposite directions on L vs R shoe, while this makes no aesthetic difference to my eye - if I was paying a lot more (e.g EG) I'd be trying to exchange them.
All that remains now is to break them in! (and eagerly await the arrival of my boots!)
Black Oxford Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This is the closest thing I could find to a blemish on the shoes - the welt join (I understand this is near on inevitable and I'm by no means complaining - just commenting this is the worst I could find, the other welt join is close enough to invisible)
Also a good close up of the shell.
Suede Derby Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The photos make the blue look a little bluer than they a appear to my eye - I'd say they look a fraction 'greyer' but still an exceptionally attractive colour to my mind.
Top down Comparison Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)