I can certainly understand your frustration, because it appears as your expectations were not met. Upon close inspection I don't think anyone could call this perfect work, but then again from what I've read about Meermin and the price your paying it would be a bit difficult for me to expect that i would get perfect work from them anyway. From what I've read they appear to have a fairly high amount of QC issues which is not the ncommon for shoemakers in that price range. This maybe a bit sloppy but not as obvious as others I have seen. I really wouldn't expect perfect execution from Meermin because they really aren't known for that. Now whether it's the right method or not I'm sure someone else will be able to answer that question
Thanks dddrees. However, please note that being that these were supposed to be made to their Linea Maestro standards. As such they were priced at $420 USD (compared with $245 for a similar boot in their classic line). I know that $420 for a Norvegese boot is still not that high, nevertheless, the QC issues you are referring to are mainly regarding their classic (read: cheaper) line. I believe their QC record is significantly better when it comes to their Linea Maestro shoes and boots.
Does this change your perspective at all?