My pair or AE MacNeils still don't look like cordovan shoes despite regular wear for a year. I guess that's a good thing then.
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Not a pair of mine but I saw some members on this thread pondering about Meermin's shell cordovan. Here's an example from GG on how this leather of theirs looks after a few wears.
Shell is supposed to be among the oiliest and waxiest leather types, but these look dry as hell. Buyer beware.
I've had a pair of Meermin burgundy shell shoes for a year now. Completely agree with how ridiculously dry they seemed at first. I kept getting the white streaks in the flex points and, in some places, it even looked like the finish was coming off. They looked terrible until I finally switched from Renovateur to Saphir burgundy cordovan creme. That seemed to do the trick as it evened out the color and finishing issues the shoes had and the white streaks disappeared. The Meermin shell is different from Horween as it seems stiffer and less prone to developing rolls. Here is a recent picture from a few months ago.
As with all leathers there is going to be a range of quality withing the tanning and production. The shells Meermin use do not come from Horween, which happens to be the only shell I have handled and worked with, so I cannot speak to any level of expertise on Meermin's shells.
I too have a number of cordovan shoes, more than I should I suppose, and one or two belts. One of these belts, which is Horween shell from Alden, and looks very much like the shoes in the image after each wear. I started to put a coat of Saphir on it after each use and it is now beginning to take on the moisture some 8 months later.
While they look rough, they may just need more maintenance than your other shells, try giving them a coat of Saphir after each wear for a few weeks/months.
I guess my point in all this, with the collective pouncing on Meermin for spotty quality and poor leathers, is to keep in mind that leather is a natural product with a wide range of properties and differences from hide to hide. Leather is a skin and needs to be treated as such. Some skins are dry, some are oily, but they all need a little TLC, some more than others.
I am in no way excusing the flaws in craftsmanship, there is no excuse for that.
My .02 anyway.
that is all well and good, but doesn't change the fact that those shoes, in that picture, look freaking terrible.
I bet it costs G&G not more than $100 to make a pair of shoes with labor included. They then turn around and charge $1,200. Not bad I say.
You've been a member since 2005 and you're still not seeing the justification for high end shoe mfr's higher prices? I thought that was, at most, a year 2 SF evolutionary requirement. Maybe we need testing...
High margins are always present in fashion. Just think of watches... The cost of making a TAG is over 10 times less than the recommended sales price. Heck even Hugo Boss watches only cost some tens of euros to make and they are sold for hundreds of euros. That's just the way it is and if one can't afford to buy then GTFO and go to a GAP outlet. If Meermin's MTO quality was in general perception better, they could easily slam 100 € more to the price and STILL be an extremely well priced MTO shoemaker.