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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post


Meermin is good, but inconsistent with QC (but I tried over a year ago, and haven't followed since then). Good value for the price though, especially with strong dollar

 

I saw some posts a few months ago that Meermin instituted higher prices for US customers to account for the exchange rate.

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Originally Posted by heldentenor View Post
 

Does anyone in this thread have experience with Meermin and/or Herring, and can compare those to AE and/or Carmina?  I'm firmly in the camp for whom sub-$250 is a meaningful distinction from $400 after shipping et al, but I can be persuaded to shift my loyalties if there's a clear reason to do so.  


Herring has a wide variety of shoes.  Some in the $200 range (made by Loake or Barker) and some in the $300-400 range (made by Cheaney) and some higher (Alfred Sargent, I think, but I could be wrong).  I have a Herring pair made by Cheaney that I think is better made with better materials, but it was more than $250.  I also have several pairs of AE, but they are mostly seconds bought for under $200.  AE lasts either don't work for me (I'm looking at you 5 last) or are unappealing style-wise.  I like Herring's Cheaney shoes I have, I get many complements on them and they are very comfortable.  But I think Herring's Loake-made shoes are what you'd be looking at.  I feel that spending the extra amount to get a more comfortable, better made pair of shoes was worth it.

 

I also am debating whether or not to keep a pair of Carmina Longwing Pebblegrains in 7 UK on the Detroit last.  They are a little long (width is good), but they seem to be a better quality than the Cheaney-made Herrings (but not by that much, IMO).  Price was comparable.

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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

@Caustic Man just got some Herring and was pleased with them. I have several Meermin shoes and those are alright. Not the most comfortable but more comfortable than most. Probably won't purchase again.

Carmina hurt my feet, but I'm willing to try a different last. AE's are still the most comfortable shoes I own.


I think this and Peppercorn's comments drive home the fact that you need to find a last that works for your foot.  I found this article interesting.  http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2012/08/foot-versus-shoe-style.html

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Originally Posted by heldentenor View Post

Does anyone in this thread have experience with Meermin and/or Herring, and can compare those to AE and/or Carmina?  I'm firmly in the camp for whom sub-$250 is a meaningful distinction from $400 after shipping et al, but I can be persuaded to shift my loyalties if there's a clear reason to do so.  

I have three pairs. You get what you pay for. They aren't bad shoes, but they aren't Carmina. If they are behind AE, it isn't by much.
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post

I saw some posts a few months ago that Meermin instituted higher prices for US customers to account for the exchange rate.

Yep. Used to start at around 140 EUR excluding VAT and before shipping. Now starts at 175 USD.
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Originally Posted by Sudonihm View Post
 


I think this and Peppercorn's comments drive home the fact that you need to find a last that works for your foot.  I found this article interesting.  http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2012/08/foot-versus-shoe-style.html


great article. I've got super low-instep (the reason the Bonafes didn't work), super wide forefoot, narrow ankles, and a left foot that's longer than the right. 

 

Until I can afford bespoke, I've learned to stick to shoes I can try on in person before ordering!

 

(Of course I learned that lesson AFTER I put in my Vass MTO with Mr. Kuti. But he did give me a nice detailed size/last consult based on my foot measurements and experiences with other brands. What a great gentleman!)

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In addition to what's already been said about Meermin, the stitching is somewhat crude on the one pair I have (their LM line). I can't compare to Herring, but Carmina's workmanship is much better than Meermin's. Of course, the price is higher as a result.

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I was purposefully looking to spend less when it came to the suede Herrings I got on Clag's recommendation. The simple fact is that I do not intend to wear suede oxfords all the often and couldn't justify the expense. I paid less than 200 for them after shipping and I am very pleased. They aren't Carmina, and they never will be, but they seem to be close to AE at a much lower price point.

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Thanks for the feedback.  This thread certainly delivers when it's on-point.  

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Originally Posted by heldentenor View Post
 

Does anyone in this thread have experience with Meermin and/or Herring, and can compare those to AE and/or Carmina?  I'm firmly in the camp for whom sub-$250 is a meaningful distinction from $400 after shipping et al, but I can be persuaded to shift my loyalties if there's a clear reason to do so.  

There's a very notable difference in quality in Meermin materials, construction, and comfort vs Carmina for me. That being said, I still enjoy my Meermin suede loafers very much but won't buy a pair of Meermin at full price. 

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Since the topic of price has come up, does anyone know what the US Customs duty is for shoes? I know that it doesn’t kick in unless the price is >= 200 USD, but does anyone know what the percentage is?

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Don't know the percentage.  Anecdotally, I bought three pair of Bexleys direct from France two years ago for a total price of about $370 excluding shipping, and got hit with a $35 customs fee.  

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I think it was around 10% of the purchase price for the 2 pairs I've bought.
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Originally Posted by heldentenor View Post
 

Don't know the percentage.  Anecdotally, I bought three pair of Bexleys direct from France two years ago for a total price of about $370 excluding shipping, and got hit with a $35 customs fee.  

 

Thanks.  That would be about 9.5%, yes?
 

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Originally Posted by Sudonihm View Post

I think it was around 10% of the purchase price for the 2 pairs I've bought.

 

Thanks.  That's roughly consistent with heldentenor's experience, then.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Thanks.  That would be about 9.5%, yes?
 

 

Yes.  Should have said "don't know if that's still the percentage."  Math is hard for those in the humanities, but my calculator does work!

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