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post #7096 of 10118
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Originally Posted by Prosper0 View Post

 

1) The leather around my right ankle has gotten very soft, creating a unnatural space in that area. As a result, my right ankle is extremely loose when I walk which is very unconfortable. See the photos and the video above. I think this is dangerous, because my foot is not stable which can cause a sprained ankle.

 

 

 

I have this going on in my AE double monks and brogues. I'd not say it has to do with the size, as then I'd surely have this going on on the majority of the shoes I own. Instead I've come to the following conclusions on my shoes. Might apply to yours as well...

 

1. Last on heel should be 1 size smaller for an optional fit. Unfortunately these are not Aldens which would have a different width in the heel than they have on the ball.

2. Leather is soft and construction is not as robust as on other shoes I have.

3. Instep problem. You have a low instep and if the shoes you have are on the HIRO last, you need tongue pads. The HIRO is not the best option for low instep feet (exactly what I have going on on the AE Neumora which is on the 3-333 last despite the width being correct).

post #7097 of 10118
If you bought the wrong size, and wore it for three months, IMO you shouldn't get a refund... That's just the risk of ordering online, or you could have returned it right away. Not waited 3 months.

Also, not sure how loose ankle==dangerous for sprained ankle. If you half ankle problems, you need to wear high top/ankle shoes/boots (I've fractured my ankle before). Can't blame the shoe for that.

The fraying however, is a legit complaint, and should be addressed
post #7098 of 10118
Hi,
Im new to Meermin and need sizing help. I am a 9.5Dus alden plaza last and a 8.5uk carmina forest last. What would be my best size in the rui last and hiro?
-thanks
post #7099 of 10118

Thanks everyone for their responses.

 

@Betelgeuse: Yes, thats exactly right

 

@venividivicibj, @cbfn: Guys, generally, you are of course right. I agree that would be my fault. But:

 

1) As I have stated in the post (maybe not clearly enough), I prequalified my Meermin size with Luisa. She recommended size 7,5 based on my AE sizing and I obeyed that recommendation. I exchanged several emails with her before I ordered. I even came here to ask, as these Meermins were my first "proper" shoes (goodyear welted, quality leather etc.).

 

2) And secondly, the shoes definitely weren't loose when I started breaking them in - at first, they felt very tight and hard. I can assure you it didnt seem like there was too much space in the shoe.

 

 

@konda: Excellent points - that describes problems I've been having almost too accurately.

 

Can you maybe recommend brands and lasts that overcome this problem? Preferably on a price level not too far from Meermins...(I am sure the supply is going to be limited).

 

Also, that's the first time I hear about different sizes for heel and "the ball". Is there a designation for this if I want to look for such shoes, specifically?

post #7100 of 10118
How is the length of the Hiro last relative to the other lasts and if you happen to know, the Carmina rain last?
post #7101 of 10118
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Originally Posted by Prosper0 View Post

Thanks everyone for their responses.

@Betelgeuse: Yes, thats exactly right

@venividivicibj, @cbfn: Guys, generally, you are of course right. I agree that would be my fault. But:

1) As I have stated in the post (maybe not clearly enough), I prequalified my Meermin size with Luisa. She recommended size 7,5 based on my AE sizing and I obeyed that recommendation. I exchanged several emails with her before I ordered. I even came here to ask, as these Meermins were my first "proper" shoes (goodyear welted, quality leather etc.).

2) And secondly, the shoes definitely weren't loose when I started breaking them in - at first, they felt very tight and hard. I can assure you it didnt seem like there was too much space in the shoe.


@konda: Excellent points - that describes problems I've been having almost too accurately.

Can you maybe recommend brands and lasts that overcome this problem? Preferably on a price level not too far from Meermins...(I am sure the supply is going to be limited).

Also, that's the first time I hear about different sizes for heel and "the ball". Is there a designation for this if I want to look for such shoes, specifically?

She recommended, not forced. Every feet are different, this is not the responsibility of the seller.
post #7102 of 10118
Honestly only brand nearby meermin are ae seconds... Loake, and Johnston and Murphy are the closest otherwise?
post #7103 of 10118
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Originally Posted by Prosper0 View Post


@konda: Excellent points - that describes problems I've been having almost too accurately.

 

Can you maybe recommend brands and lasts that overcome this problem? Preferably on a price level not too far from Meermins...(I am sure the supply is going to be limited).

 

Also, that's the first time I hear about different sizes for heel and "the ball". Is there a designation for this if I want to look for such shoes, specifically?

 

Well firstly you would need to establish what the width of your feet actually is. I.e what last width you are. If you are of a narrow width (US A, B, C or UK D, E) then in the Meermin price level your options are limited to Allen Edmonds, Meermin and I would also consider Florsheims in (very) select models. If your feet are regular and above (US D, E etc or UK F, G), then you have a lots of alternatives: basically any manufacturer you like (AE, Meermin, Florsheim, Loake, Sanders, C&J, Septieme Largeur, Wildsmith, Alfred Sargent etc etc).

Upon knowing the correct width of your feet there are lots of "Appreciation threads" on Style Forum. I suggest checking those out and asking about different lasts in those threads. From those you should also find which lasts work well for a low and/or high instep and which don't. I can only help out when it comes to Allen Edmonds or Meermins as I am, as a broke ass white collar worker, stuck in these because of my narrow feet of US 14 B / UK 13 D.


All Alden shoes are made on combination lasts to provide for a better heel fit. Alden shoes have a double letter width marking found next to the size marking. The first letter represents the heel fit and the second letter represents the width of the shoe.

post #7104 of 10118
^^ Isn't the Meermin Olfe and New Rey lasts for narrow feet?

I have a somewhat different issue. I agree the heel area is loose for Hiro, but my toes and forefoot area are wider. That is why I am considering sizing down but going to wider last like Ama.
post #7105 of 10118

^ yes the Olfe and especially the New Rey are for narrow feet. Food for though: what about sizing up and going a last down? If you find a good snug last it really doesn't matter if you have some room for your toes. Aesthetics perhaps but that's all. Usually the length is not the real problem but the last.

post #7106 of 10118
^ Well, I think it was discussed a couple months back about sizing up on a narrow last. You don't want too much "empty" space beyond your toes as it may disrupt the natural balance of the shoe and also cause creasing in weird places.

I believe the balls/toes of my feet are wider than average and my heels are more narrower than average. For Meermin I already "sized up" half a size as I'm normally US7.5 and Luisa recommended UK7 on Hiro. I probably could have fit in UK6.5 and just let the shoe work in to loosen up. I would say definitely now that my doublemonks have been worked in they are definitely a tad loose overall, but especially loose at the heels.

Maybe a better bet for me is to skip monks and loafers altogether and stick with oxfords and bluchers as you can lace up and tighten the heel area more. Tough, because I want my next shoe purchase to be loafers!
post #7107 of 10118
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Originally Posted by hanoiboy View Post

Hi,
Im new to Meermin and need sizing help. I am a 9.5Dus alden plaza last and a 8.5uk carmina forest last. What would be my best size in the rui last and hiro?
-thanks

 

9.5 D Alden Plaza fits me perfectly.

9 UK Meermin Olfe is perhaps a tad long for me, but honestly I have only worn them around the house very briefly. Width is not an issue. I presume a 8.5 UK would be too tight, for me.

 

Supposedly Rui and Hiro are wider. 8.5UK or 9UK is a tought call.

 

*sigh* Maybe I just made things worse for you, lol.

post #7108 of 10118

My new favorites:

 

 

The nap on the suede on the right shoe is a little longer than on the left, but overall Im very happy with them. They're slightly darker.

post #7109 of 10118
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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post

9.5 D Alden Plaza fits me perfectly.
9 UK Meermin Olfe is perhaps a tad long for me, but honestly I have only worn them around the house very briefly. Width is not an issue. I presume a 8.5 UK would be too tight, for me.

Supposedly Rui and Hiro are wider. 8.5UK or 9UK is a tought call.

*sigh* Maybe I just made things worse for you, lol.

Hmm, I'm a 10.5 Plaza. 9.5 Olfe is just a hair long, but I couldn't go to a 9. 9.5 Hiro fits perfectly.

Unrelated.....Any photos/info on how the plum museums are coming?
post #7110 of 10118

How wide is the Hiro?

 

Hiro vs Olfe: how do they compare for compare and aesthetics?

 

Is Meermin classic line below AE?

 

I am thinking of suede from the classic line. Any advice for me?

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