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post #976 of 11277
Some sizing experience: 
 
I was advised to take UK9 of the Hiro last for my 27.3 cm long feet - the shoes turned out to be pretty huge at 29.2 cm (!)
 
Combined with the rather shallow heel (5.5 cm deep) I´m experiencing some very serious heel slipping even with both buckles fastened as tightly as possible.
 
Currently awaiting return and exchange instructions. On the upside, mail response was lightning fast as always (9 min!)
 
I suppose there is a faint chance that some of the heel slipping will go away as the shoe is walked in and the cork at the heel becomes more compressed making the shoe deeper, but I´m afraid even to walk more then a few steps on the carpet in order to not render the shoes UN-returnable.
 
This brings me to my question: What is a safe difference between foot length and shoe length? (I realize this depends on the of the shoe model, a dubmonk in this case)
 
One of my best fitting shoes is a derby measuring only 4mm longer then my foot, it´s snug but never uncomfortable. To get that length on my Meermins I would have to size down to 7 or 7.5, which seems like a really scary prospect (and I doubt that their sizing advice could be two full sizes wrong). Hiro is hardly an exceptionally wide last either, nor are my feet (10cm at the ball) particularly narrow. 
 
Was I given funky sizing advice, or is it simply my feet that are funky?
 
 
 
post #977 of 11277

Shoe sizing is very difficult to do by measuring your foot because there are so many factors. I wouldn't buy shoes based on length measurements.

post #978 of 11277

Yes, I´m starting to experiece that. nod[1].gif

First-time buyer of shoe over the internet, so I realize it´ll take some learning. 

post #979 of 11277
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Originally Posted by Gosroth View Post

Yes, I´m starting to experiece that. nod%5B1%5D.gif
First-time buyer of shoe over the internet, so I realize it´ll take some learning. 

If you're in Tokyo, why don't you go try them on? Isetan Shinjuku supposedly has Meermin.
post #980 of 11277

Are a pair of Church's worth 100 euros more then Meermin?

post #981 of 11277

Good idea. I would, but I´m currently back in Europe till the end of august when I return to Tokyo. Wanted to pick up some good European shoes before then, so I don´t have to pay Tokyo prices or get slammed with the ridiculous 65% import tariff on leather shoes if you order from Europe to Japan.

post #982 of 11277
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Originally Posted by Gosroth View Post

Good idea. I would, but I´m currently back in Europe till the end of august when I return to Tokyo. Wanted to pick up some good European shoes before then, so I don´t have to pay Tokyo prices or get slammed with the ridiculous 65% import tariff on leather shoes if you order from Europe to Japan.



65%? damn that's some serious tariff.
post #983 of 11277
Now I feel bad for complaining about Norway's VAT.
post #984 of 11277
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Originally Posted by tv2177 View Post


65%? damn that's some serious tariff.

 

To be precise, 60% of it is tariff, 5% is VAT, however shippments with a value below 10.000 (about 95 euro) are not subject to it. Buying from shady E-bayers willing to write down the value (esp. if it's used shoes) is still a possibility.

post #985 of 11277
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Originally Posted by Gosroth View Post

Some sizing experience: 
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I was advised to take UK9 of the Hiro last for my 27.3 cm long feet - the shoes turned out to be pretty huge at 29.2 cm (!)

Combined with the rather shallow heel (5.5 cm deep) I´m experiencing some very serious heel slipping even with both buckles fastened as tightly as possible.

Currently awaiting return and exchange instructions. On the upside, mail response was lightning fast as always (9 min!)

I suppose there is a faint chance that some of the heel slipping will go away as the shoe is walked in and the cork at the heel becomes more compressed making the shoe deeper, but I´m afraid even to walk more then a few steps on the carpet in order to not render the shoes UN-returnable.

This brings me to my question: What is a safe difference between foot length and shoe length? (I realize this depends on the of the shoe model, a dubmonk in this case)

One of my best fitting shoes is a derby measuring only 4mm longer then my foot, it´s snug but never uncomfortable. To get that length on my Meermins I would have to size down to 7 or 7.5, which seems like a really scary prospect (and I doubt that their sizing advice could be two full sizes wrong). Hiro is hardly an exceptionally wide last either, nor are my feet (10cm at the ball) particularly narrow.

Was I given funky sizing advice, or is it simply my feet that are funky?

For the dubmunks on the Hiro last, I suggest you take your usual UK size, or US size -1, i.e. US9 = UK8 on the Hiro last. That worked for me and I find it fits quite tts that way. A couple of members have taken Pepe's advice to convert only ½ size between US and UK size, i.e. US9 = UK8.5 and have found their shoes to be too big...

Fwiw, Meermin can give you complete measurements, including last length and width, as well as recommended foot length. Last length won't be very useful, but you can compare your own measurements against the last width and recommended foot length.
post #986 of 11277

I got the last measurements for the 8-9 sizes as follows.

 

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I give you the measurements for the HIRO last.
L 281mm 8UK.  -  L 285mm 8,5UK.  -  L 289mm 9UK.
W 101mm 8UK.  -  W 102mm 8,5UK.  -  W 103mm 9UK

 

 

 

Going to ask about recommended foot length.

 

I honestly don´t how much bigger the last needs to be then the foot

for a good fit, but my best fitting shoe is 28.2 cm long inside (foot
length plus 9mm). The shoe is question is EU size 43, as are my other footwear.

 

This suggest sthat UK8 would be right for me (albeit 1mm tighter), provided that last length is about equal to inside sole length.

 

 

It appears that Meermin covers return shipping for the new pairs if you decide to change sizes, so exchanging for smaller pairs should not be too costly. Only thing that has me worried is that I´ve walked 10 or less steps in the shoes (on a soft carpet) in the shoes, and their terms & conditions state that returned items need to be in "unworn" condition, and despite walking carefully, there is indeed some very faint signs of creasing.

 

I´m a first time buyer of shoes over the net and really not sure what the typical shoe manufactures policy is here. But surely this cannot be enough to disqualify them for a return?

post #987 of 11277
The length of the last is not a good indicator of how a shoe will fit, so you should stop focusing on that. Some lasts are known to be long, yet fit very tts.

See below for complete measurements for UK8 and UK8.5, incl. recommended foot length.
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post

Some sizing info for the Hiro last, sizes UK8 and UK8.5:
L 298mm shoe sole 8UK. - L 301mm shoe sole 8,5UK.
W 105mm shoe sole 8UK. - W 108mm shoe sole 8,5UK.
L 281mm last 8UK. - L 285mm last 8,5UK.
W 101mm last 8UK. - W 103mm last 8,5UK.
Feet 26,3 cm 8UK - Feet 26,9 cm 8,5UK

And fwiw, my experience has generally been EUR42 = UK8 = US9
Edited by Wes Bourne - 6/28/12 at 12:54pm
post #988 of 11277
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Originally Posted by 2ghouls View Post

Just got my Meermins in on the Olfe last.  I wear 11.5 D US (e.g. on the AE 5 last) and ordered the 10.5. So I went down one full size from my US size. They fit a bit snug, but in a good way. The toe box is perfect for my foot. The sizing was on Jose's suggestion after sending him measurements of my foot, based on a pencil drawing.
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This is the 12153-Y style in dark brown suede.  The color is more accurate on their website.
Like most everyone else, I think these are great quality for the price.  And the customer service was superb.

How to contact Jose?? I'm trying the get the wholecut in navy suede.

Thanks,
post #989 of 11277
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Originally Posted by mr monty View Post


How to contact Jose??
Thanks,

Just use the contact form on their site, that'll put you in contact with José.

post #990 of 11277
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post

The length of the last is not a good indicator of how a shoe will fit, so you should stop focusing on that. Some lasts are known to be long, yet fit very tts.
See below for complete measurements for UK8 and UK8.5, incl. recommended foot length.
And fwiw, my experience has generally been EUR42 = UK8 = US9

 

 

You're clearly right about that, as my foot is very close to the recommended length for UK9 and still give me heavy slipping.

 

I suppose that only leaves trial & error, short of taking the plane to Madrid.

 

Thanks for the input.

 

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