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Meermin Mallorca Shoes

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

  1. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like invoice number, not price.
     
  2. Blok

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    I hate buying shoes.

    It used to be so simple. Buy a decent pair of sneakers. End of story.

    These days, my shoe vocabulary include such esoteric terms such as "dark oak" and "museum calf". Seriously, who lives this way?

    I'm at a point where I want to expand my shoe collection beyond the standard AE and Alden offerings. The problem is, even though I live in a large US city, I do not have easy access to try on shoes like C&J, EG, Vass, etc.

    It also does not help that I am surrounded by friends who are able to travel to fulfill their shoe fetishes. Their passive aggressive comments ("In London, there are C&J stores within two blocks of each other!") finally pushed me over the edge.

    The decision:

    I'm a big proponent of filling holes in my shoe collection before upgrading existing shoes. One of the missing pieces is that I have no split-toe shoes in my collection. This is something I intend to rectify. Of course, I also don't have a split-toe shoe in cordovan leather either. Maybe I should get that instead. But wait, I definitely don't have a split-toe in cordovan with full norvegesse. That would fill *a lot* of holes in my collection!

    At this point, I decided to take a step back.

    I realized that I can make some educated guesses, but I really have no clue how the shoes are going to fit until they are on my feet.

    So maybe I should get a pair of shoes from Meermin and see how they fit before diving in any deeper. That would be the sensible thing to do. I can always order more shoes later.

    Hmm. There appears to be a high level of correlation between my purchasing decisions and more shoes.


    The specs:

    I measure 9.5C on the Brannock. I wear 9D in AE 5 last, 9C in Alden Barrie.

    The standard width for New Rey is E. Based on the pictures of New Rey shoes, it looks like a long narrow last, similar to the AE 2 last.
    After consulting with Pepe Albaladejo and some other forum members, I decided to MTO the shoes in 8.5 EE size because the standard E size would probably be too narrow/too low volume. One of my foot has a slightly high instep so I rather have more volume than not enough.

    This is the order I decided to go with.

    Collection: Meermin 'Linea Maestro'
    Style: 102374/Norwegian derby
    Last: MTO New Rey
    Fitting: EE
    Size: 8.5
    Lasting: Hand lasted
    Upper Leather: Naturcalf Cuero (Light Brown) (Tannerie d'Annonay - France)
    Lining Leather: navy
    Sole: Full leather channeled sole
    Edge finishing: Standard
    Sole finishing: 'Planta paloma' 7 clavos
    Construction: GY-2/ Hand-sewn goodyear welted

    Including MTO and shipping costs, it came to $400 US. At least, that was the exchange rate when I ordered it in March.

    Meermin actually had to create a new last in New Rey 8.5 EE because one wasn't available. If anyone else wants to MTO New Rey in 8.5EE, things just got easier for you.

    I only arrived at my order after a very lengthy email exchange that included many other shoe lasts and styles. Customer service was top notch. Pepe Albaladejo (Meermin) was incredibly responsive.


    The wait:

    Did I really MTO a pair of shoes in an unknown last that I have never tried on? I must be crazy. I guess that's ok because this forum is full of crazy people that do this all the time.


    The arrival:

    After about 10 weeks, Pepe emailed me that he is shipping out the shoes. FedEx took their pound of flesh ($29) in the form of a "brokerage fee".


    The shoes:

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    The color is light brown with a bit of red.

    The fit:

    Length is good. Whenever I go up in length or width, I worry about heel slippage. In my 10 minutes of carpet surfing, heel slippage was minimal to non-existent. Really glad I went up to the EE width. The shoe fits comfortably snug in toe box and vamp, but not tight. I believe the standard E width would have been too small for me. Will have more details once I break in these shoes a bit.


    Final thoughts:

    As for my next shoe? Well, I don't have a stingray in my collection either...
     
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  3. Blok

    Blok Member

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  4. poorman

    poorman Well-Known Member

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    I wish they had pictures of every option available. I might wait for Stevent's MTO monks first, then copy him. lol. What was the ETA?
     
  5. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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    Yes invoice number. MTO price was 290 euros for shell, 50 euro MTO fee and 35 euro shipping. Added in shoe trees as well. Total cost was ~350ish euros, not sure


    haha it's 12-14 weeks, should arrive at start of fall
     
  6. kev777

    kev777 Well-Known Member

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    Thats a shame ive just (last week) ordered the same shoe on the same last (Olfe not Olfie) in the same colour !!!!

    How many do you need and how many have you already got ?
     
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  7. terrorsquad

    terrorsquad Well-Known Member

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    Your correct, its Olfe. I only need another 3 pairs and then the order will be closed =) I actually was inspired by your post though if i'm not mistaken, you ordered it in a dark brown correct?This will be in burgundy or bordeaux, which will be confirmed tonight.
     
  8. kev777

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    Yes sorry mine are Dark Brown (Marron) just presumed that was dark brown.
     
  9. Jakezero

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    I'm in the process of figuring out my size with the help of Pepe, once that has been done I will be ordering this shoe in burgundy cordovan with a rubber sole. Thank you for posting this, now I've got an idea of what the final product will look like.
     
  10. Swede66

    Swede66 Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I am ready to pull the trigger on my first MTO order. Thinking of the Austerity Brogue (se model below) in either light brown (se colour on the semi brogue below) or dark brown.
    So, appreciate your input. As a general preference I'm in favour of the lighter brown- Will it look good on this model?
    Secondly; I am considering whether it would look better or worse with a medallion on the toe cap. What do you think? An example would be C&J Handgrade Russel.

    Looking forward to hear you comments!

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  11. lychyrychy

    lychyrychy Well-Known Member

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    PM'ed you sir
     
  12. david3558

    david3558 Well-Known Member

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    I received my 8.5UK monks based on a recommendation of sizing on a tracing of both my best fitting shoe and actual foot. Unfortunately, the suggestions were off and it looks like I am more along the lines of a 8UK. Will most likely be shipping these monks back :(
     
  13. Frankie22

    Frankie22 Well-Known Member

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    Contact Sandro or Pepe, my shoes will be here tmrw (4 days after being ordered) I bet the turnaround is quick.

    Now you can order your second pair and receive them both at once.
     
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  14. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Well-Known Member

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    Thought I´d report back on Meermin´s customer service.

    The rubber/toppy/Dainite on the oxford´s I picked up 5 months ago was coming off. The Madrid shop sent it to the factory for repair. A few days later, they called to say they would give me a brand new pair because they didn´t think the repair would be good enough. I now have a new pair with a better, softer dainite-like strip on the bottom.

    Bottom line: I´m very happy with their level of customer service. So much that I picked up a pair of double-monks.
     
  15. gyasih

    gyasih Well-Known Member

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    Customer service from Meermin has been exceeded my expectations throughout my entire process of ordering from them. Pepe has responded to all of my emails, providing information and guidance.

    I only hope that they can continue this torrid pace as their brand gets more well-known. I hope those of us who are getting in on the ground floor may be in luck. I often think about Nore's posts about his pricing with AS.
     
  16. Jaggs

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    I think I'm about to start the ordering process. Do they offer a wider Linea Maestro selection than the six pairs of Oxfords posted on their website without having to go MTO, or does the site list everything?
     
  17. Jakezero

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    There are some on their Tumblr. If you see a interesting pair on there then just mail them and ask if they are part of their RTW line.
     
  18. Jaggs

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    Good man, thanks! I emailed them last night and there was an email waiting for me this morning letting me know to tell them what I wanted.

    This is going to be awesome.
     
  19. Quadcammer

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    dammit, fedex attempted to deliver the chukkas today but I missed them.

    will post pics tomorrow.
     
  20. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Well-Known Member

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    Meermin Linea Maestros. Dark brown MTO bluchers with softly burnished cap toes. Built on the Hiro last.

    After I wear them around for a few weeks, I'll write a full review of them at Put This On. In the meantime, I thought I'd post some of the photos I took tonight.

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