Originally Posted by Monkeyface
That would be an inexcusable mistake for me. Even the most basic, low-cost shoemaker gets that right. Other people probably won't notice the defect, but it's probably one of those little faults that wouldn't stop bothering me, no matter what. I'd return them, and ask for shipping costs to be refunded.
Have to agree with this. They are Chinese shoes for under $200, and there's bound be the occasional imperfection. But what gets me is when there's something really obvious, they just send the things out anyway - often after weeks of waiting - and hope nobody notices. For a small business, that seems very disrespectful to the customer. The straps on these shoes are just completely different shapes and sizes. Clumsy clicker? Wrong pattern? Whatever, it is clear as day at first glance, especially to whoever is supposed to be checking quality both in the factory and at Meermin.
There is an old adage that you get what you pay for. In Meermin's case, if you happen to get a good one, and don't have to wait too long, it can be a great value cheap shoe that looks more expensive than it is. If you happen to have a very thin foot, then the Linea Maestro can be a really good shoe for the money too, at a higher standard overall (although once you get to MTO charges for different lasts or width fittings, IMO it's not worth it over the likes of Vass or Carmina). The problem is that you don't get a consistent standard. And I don't find that quaint or charming. The basic Meermins, made in China, are more expensive than many Indian-made Loake, Barker or even Grenson shoes (the latter on clearance at least), but the quality control and service in comparison is simply bad.
I like what Meermin do in terms of design and concept, a lot, and I'm always willing to give a break to the little guy. But they're not that little any more, and their quality control and stock management needs to grow the fuck up before they lose (more) customers.