He'll throw in pictures?
Edit: just now got an email from Meermin that the order is in.
I got this in my inbox:
Carmina has no brand defining last/designs compare to Alden Indy Boots/LWB, AE PA/FA/Strain, C&J 337, G&G SJII, EG dover/galway, JL Philips II/City II/William/Lopez, Vass budapest/F/U, etc. Even the Italian guys are known either for Norwegian Sewn/blake/rapid construction or those patinas.
Neither does Meermin.
IMO, that's why you see so many MTO by Carmina (and to a much lesser degree Meermin) by different retailers, of the retailers' own design/imagination. They are more ODM.
p.s., not saying that they don't make great shoes or beautiful shoes
I found this to be a good insight into leather quality for the unitiated. All my leather shoes (AS, Trickers) do this - clearly I haven't 'spent enough' to get top quality leather. But also as the article suggests this is one of the areas that a shoe maker can use a lower quality leather and 'get away with it'.
Check out the past few pages of this thread. The same thing happened to another poster, who contacted UPS to find out the reason why. He was told it was an error on Meermin's part that involved putting down the wrong code for the shoes.