You're kidding aren't you? Meermin's shoes are substantially cheaper than J Fitzpatrick (~GBP320 vs ~EUR260 for LM) close to 2/3rds the price on current exchange rates
Justin doesn't produce anything close to the volumes Meermin does. He's defending Meermin because he has far more knowledge and experience in shoe making that just about anyone on here! I've got 3 pairs of Meermins and the only QC issue I have is that on my classic line suede derbies the nape of the suede is in opposite directions. (which makes no cosmetic difference 99% of the time)
The fact is that forum participants are more likely to complain about their issues (no matter how small) than they are to report on their expectations being met. I completely understand the blog entry Justin made and I am totally sympathetic. Some of the complaints I read on here really annoy me (some are legitimate and I sympathise)
Good post. There's a lot of that on this forum. Complaints about small issues that came with a small price. I'm guilty of it myself. I guess I'll have to watch myself a little closer, try to understand the situation.
I guess, the next mistake someone sees on their shoes, they should ask, "Is it worth the difference in price between Meermin and G&G to get that fixed?" and if so, go G&G next time. If not, understand that's the level of work you contracted.
I have thought about getting some Meermin suede but I REALLY hate customs charges. I hate to see that money go to someone other than the person I wanted to pay in the first place.