I received a pair of Loake Rothschild in size 13 today. They are on the Duke last in a UK E width, which is supposed to be a narrow fit. Unfortunately, they're too wide for me; the laces close all the way before being at all snug on my foot.
The Meermins in 13 New Rey are much more snug, even though the laces close all the way (which also happens in a 12.5). If they stretch much, I should be able to correct any issues with tongue pads. Plus they're hand welted instead of Goodyear welted. I'll be holding onto the 13 Meermins.
I received my Meermin order a little while ago, two pairs of Linea Maestro style 10172, Black Freudenberg Calf in size 13 and 12.5. I ordered them at the beginning of September, and it took four months to receive them.
I'm very impressed with the shoes! I have been searching for ages for a black captoe oxford that would fit me. FWIW, I measure 13.5C left foot and 13C right foot on a Brannock device. I can squeeze into a 13C on the Allen Edmonds on the 1 and 8 lasts, but they're not very comfortable. Now if only Meermin made a black plain toe blucher that I could wear in uniform...
Style 10172 is the captoe oxford without any stitching on the cap in a New Rey last. (There's nothing wrong with no stitching, right?) I'm leaning towards keeping the size 13 shoes; there is a little more rubbing with my left foot's little toes in the size 12.5 that might be uncomfortable after wearing them all day, but otherwise the 12.5s also fit alright. The right shoe in size 13 isn't excessively big on me. It still creases in the correct area and there's no heel gapping. I previously had a pair of Meermins in the Hiro last in size 12. I ordered a 12.5 and the wrong size was sent to me. Even so, the 12 Hiro was too wide for my feet.
It's great to finally find a pair of shoes that fits me well. I also have a pair of Loake Rothschild on the way in size 13 in case they end up fitting better, but if they're comparable in fit, I will probably keep the Meermins. I have a hard time believing the Loakes will match the quality of the Meermins, and they were about the same price.
Quick shot of the size 13 New Rey shoes on my feet. I think my feet are a C width up front, low instep, and narrow heels. I might need to use a tongue pad on the right shoe, there's a little gapping.
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Interestingly, the laces also close all the way for both my feet in size 12.5. I must have a very low instep.
I think it might just be something I have to live with when I'm wearing oxfords. I find it hard to believe I'll find something substantially better fitting in my size.
Edited by Ketawa - 2/1/14 at 11:37am