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Meermin Mallorca Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by asturiano, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. NORE

    NORE Well-Known Member

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    I might have to check out these Mermanses.
     
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    Very nice shoes there! I'm going to Madrid in April, definitely I'll have to pay a visit to their store.
     
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    Those suede shoes at the top look very nice!
     
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    Just got a reply from Pepe, they will be launching their online shop soon. Can't wait!
     
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    To be honest, there looked to be some excess material near the welt and the perforations on the brogueing looked a little rough.
    The stitching wasn´t too fine either.
    Neither of these were issues on the tassel loafer.

    In my opinon, the longwings, derbies, ptbs and saddle shoes didn`t suffer too much from the rougher look.

    The rough finishing was more obvious ater taking a look at Carmina´s offerings, just down the road.


    The calf Norvegese on the other hand were finished to a standard not too disimilar to Vass or even St. C. (lovely, wooden pegged waist; very tight, perfect stiches)
     
  6. MrInvariant

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    I have seen these shoes in person. Let me just say that if you expect anywhere near Vass quality, you will be disappointed.
    My opinion is that the finishing and in some cases the leather quality on the Meermins is comparable to Loake 1880's, at best.
     
  7. NORE

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    Wow. Then they have done a spectacular job if only by tempting me with great photos.
     
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    remember the bashing vass received when they appaered. well, and don't listen to strangers on the internet, heh.
     
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    I agree that some of the shoes are finished to a quality similar to a Loake or Barker.

    On the other hand, I have never seen an offering from Loake that featured Freudenberg calf leather and handwelting.
    Like most shoe companies Meermin have a high and a low end available.

    Anyway here´s a link to pictures of the Norvegese (though obviously not the same as seeing these in person):

    http://meermin.tumblr.com/post/10986840407/doble-hebilla-norwegese-3-gy-9-naturcalf-terra#notes
     
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    FWIW I own Vass and have inspected these in person.
    I'm no expert and I'm just sharing my honest opinion.
     
  11. NORE

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    If there are different ranges with this evolvingly new company, would one stand to reason that there are shoes (some of those pictured, maybe) that are of equal quality to Carmina?

    Carmina doesn't do the best finishing I've seen, but the shoes are solid and you definitely get bang for your buck.
     
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    So wait, if I wear a 12/12.5E in EG what size should I ask RDiaz to pick these up for me in, 11? :)

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    FWIW I wear a 12 in Carmina and Magnanni.
     
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  13. sartbaeklv

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    Sounds too good to be true... but going back to the original post. Is this a diffusion line from Carmina?
     
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    1. well done
    2. that's why i said it. no offense.
     
  15. NORE

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    Sounds like a son or cousin went into biz for themselves after working at Carmina. Could be wrong, tho.
     
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    Sounds like an interesting development in Spanish shoemaking. I do, however, get that foreboding sense that they will go the way of most good Spanish manufacturers in which they eschew any marketing and brand development, assume that it is not worth it to pursue a market outside of the neighborhoods of their brick-and-mortar stores, and blame it all on the "Crisi'" (the economic crisis) while drooling, nouveau-riche "pijos" spend 400€ on a shitty, made-in-a-Chinese-sweatshop-in-Italy glued-together or blake-stitched Italian brand shoe at the Corte Inglés...
     
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    PS: Before I am lambasted by Spaniards, I regret to inform you that I am myself a Spaniard as well, and therefore am entitled to a healthy degree of cultural-self-hatred. Ahem.
     
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    Well, if opening your first shop in Japan rather in your home market of Spain http://meermin.tumblr.com/post/14009066963/nuestra-tienda-meermin-en-aoyama-tokyo-meermin and being mentioned on specialized Japanese press (Last - Men's Ex) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.262463427136858.57966.253664761350058&type=1 is the typical marketing development for an spanish company, I can only say vivan los culytural complexes!
     
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    Should work perfectly. I will say that the limiting factor on most shoes for me is width.
    I usually have no problems with my toes. Meermin lasts are quite wide at the ball of the foot but then taper nicely.
    If length is a limiting factor for you then maybe my 'technique` won´t work so well.


    I think that the Albaladejo family owns Carmina, Yanko and Meermin.
    Different branches of the family own the different brands but some family members may have provided capital and training for eachothers brands.


    I´m half English, half-Spanish. I have to say that you see this in England as well.
    I work 5 minutes walk from Jermyn St, I´ve seen very few passable shoes and lots of expensive trash at my office.
    In both cases, it is the Japanese who keep the home-grown brands afloat.

    There is a girl working at Edward Green on Jermyn St who scrapes by in English and is there solely to serve Japanese customers.
    Meermin opened boutiques in Japan and are featured in Men´s Ex (as well as having a copy lying around in the Madrid store).
     

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