As previously noted, I went for the "boring" black calf double monks, and today was the day they arrived. Might as well give my review on the fit, quality and overall experience.
This is the timetable for my shoes:
- 04/jul/2013 Order introduced into the system.
- 04/jul/2013 Order initiated.
- 14/jul/2013 Order paid.
- 23/jul/2013 Order finished.
- 23/jul/2013 Order send it.
And 1 week later i received the shoes. On first sight, the shoes look and feel amazing. Very stiff leather (as someone already mentioned) and will probably take some breaking in. Loake's Capitol last is pretty close to the Hiro last IMO. When it comes to shoes, it seems that everyone feels that the quality could always be better. But these shoes are a real bargain for the price.These shoes are truly as good as it gets for the one that can't afford 800€+ shoes, or even C&J. I rate the quality as somewhere between Loake 1880 and C&J.
I feel that the leather quality could be a bit better, but frankly it doesn't need to be. You get what you pay for, and when it comes to these shoes, you get a hell of a lot more than you pay for. I seriously recommend Meermin to everyone. Next up Linea Maestro or a pair of MTOs.
Here's a few shots: