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Meermin Mallorca Shoes

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

  1. Petepan

    Petepan Well-Known Member

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    And the eagle has landed. Size UK8.5

    Fit is near perfect on the Hiro last, kudos to Pepe. The pictures on their website do no justice to these shoes. Good quality leather, hidden seam stitching. A little bit of what looks like dried glue overlooked near the welt area. I could not be happier, other than having to wait for my monks which are coming separately.

    Like Christian, these are going for conditioning and a polish on the weekend before making their debut.

    Bad iPhone pic of a beautiful shoe:

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  2. ltr27

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    Would someone mind confirming the Meermin MTO process for me?

    The shoes in the classic range on the Meermin site look a lot 'plainer/simpler' compared to the photos in the thread. In that I mean the colour and the style of the shoe.

    Is this because you went the MTO option and you got to pick the colour/last etc? And is it an extra €50 over the classic range €150 to customise your shoe?

    I emailed Pepe regarding this but I was a little unsure on the response.

    Thanks
     
  3. cbfn

    cbfn Well-Known Member

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    Mail from Pepe:

    3.- Let me introduce our different ranges:

    - Classic Collection: Hand Lasted, GY-1 (Goodyear Machine welted): 120€-160€
    - Linea Maestro Goodyear: Hand lasted, GY-2 (Hand-sewn goodyear welted): 250€-270€
    - Linea Maestro 'Norvegesse': Hand lasted, Hand-sewn Norvegesse Construction: 350€-370€
    - Linea Maestro Shell Cordovan: Hand lasted, GY-1(Goodyear Machine welted): 290€

    Leathers used:

    - Classic Collection: Rapello Suede (Charles F Stead - England), Boxcalf Spanish leathers, Nantes grain - Annonay (Tannerie d'Annonay - France), Pebody grain - England
    - Linea Maestro Collection: French Naturcalf (Tannerie d'Annonay - France), Black Freudenberg Calf (Weinheimer Leder - Germany), Sacpa Calf(Italy), Janus Calf Suede (Charles F Stead - England), Shell Cordovan from Argentina, Stingray.

    - Crocodile - Coming soon.

    4.- Let me give you the general details of MTO process:

    The MTO service allow our customers to specify:

    Style
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    Upper leather
    Lining leather
    Sole option: (Single/double leather channeled sole or Full rubber sole)
    Sole finishing
    Edge finishing
    Construction(Hand sewn goodyear, partial norvegesse + wooden pegs on the waist or full norvegesse)

    - The leathers available for the 'Linea Maestro' MTO, at the moment are:

    - Naturcalf from Tannerie d'Anonnay(France): Dark brown, Light brown(Cuero), Burgundy.
    - Freudenberg Calf from Weinheimer Leder(Germany): Black
    - Janus Calf Suede from C.F.Stead(England): Dark Brown, Black
    - Shell Cordovan(Argentina): Dark brown, Burdeos, Light brown(Cuero), Black
    - Stingray*: Black, Navy, Purple, Orange, Green, Brown, Burgundy.

    *[Some styles may not be produced in all of the stingray colors, due to the size of the hides]


    - Lining options available: Dark brown, Light brown, Orange, Dark green, Navy or Black.

    - Custom text (Name/initials/...) on the 'window' made on the lining.

    - Edge finishing: Matching with upper, natural, a contrasting color,...

    - 'Planta Paloma' finishing options: Possibility of choosing the two different colors for the sole finishing.

    - If we have to make a 'new' last (new width) (Because currently we don't have, produced, different widths for our lasts) the cost for the MTO is 70€ over the regular price of the shoe (250€ for hand-sewn goodyear and 350€ for the norvegesse pairs).
    - If we can use a standard last, the cost for the MTO is 50€ over the regular price of the shoe (250€ for hand-sewn goodyear and 350€ for the norvegesse pairs).

    - All the prices given above are for Calf and Suede leathers.
    - Shell Cordovan base price is 290€ + MTO costs.
    - Stingray pairs are 250€ above the base price.

    - Usually the production time for the MTO's is about 10-12 weeks.

    [Note that MTO process allow our customers to choose any style (Classic Collection or Linea Maestro) but constructed and finished to our Linea Maestro standards (Leather, constructions, finishing,...), because of that the starting price is the one of the Linea Maestro and not the one for the Classic Collection.]
     
  4. cbfn

    cbfn Well-Known Member

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    And no, few of the shoes here is MTO after what I've read. Mine for example is not MTO, but pictures in natural lightning often looks better than artificial and gives a nice depth to leather.
     
  5. ltr27

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    Thanks for the information.

    I gathered that the leather must look better in natural light because the leather in the Meermin pictures looks 'dull'. I don't know what it is but some of the leather colours in people's pictures actually makes my mouth water!!

    Just regarding the different lines, do you see any real benefits in going outside the Classic line then? I'm not a hard-core shoe person; I'm just quality shoes which look different to the rubbish most guys in Australia wear.
     
  6. cbfn

    cbfn Well-Known Member

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    I haven't used my cap toes yet, but the leather seems like excellent value/price, on par with AE and better than Loake 1880. But I'm quite interested in shoes and just ordered these to get a feel of the Hiro last before ordering MTO. It all depends on willingness to pay, I'm quite interested in shoes and would absolutely put in the extra bucks, others would not. It's also important to think long-term, in the start I thought Loake was top of the line quality :)embar:) while they now are my shoes for rainy days and pubbing (so-called beaters).
     
  7. Petepan

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    Depends. Meermin is quite new, so I think a lot of people are trying out their basic Classic lines before committing to their higher range.

    The higher range are quite mouth-watering- Goodyear Handwelt (not machine welt)- this is really difficult, Norvegesse, fiddleback sole, wholecuts. But you will only appreciate these stuff after you have experienced the basic good quality stuff (I make no assumption as to where you are in the learning/experience curve).

    Trust me, the leather is anything but dull! These are way above Loakes (just for comparison with something that is available for comparison in Sydney Australia).
     
  8. RDiaz

    RDiaz Well-Known Member

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    It would be nice to know for real how's the leather quality on their Maestro line. I can say it looks and feels nice but I'm of course no leather expert and I can't really judge well.
    Because other than that, I think their hand welted construction is way above Carmina.
     
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  9. cbfn

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    :lurk:
     
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  10. Putonghua73

    Putonghua73 Well-Known Member

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    I do love my wholecuts, but especially single monks (classic collection). Really comfortable, and a good fit UK 10 on the Ama last. By contrast, I still experience discomfort across the toes in my Loakes 1880 Aldwych because the upper leather is so tough.

    Note: I still experience slight heel slippage on my right foot on the wholecut. I experienced the same with Carmina wholecuts on the Rain last. When I get my feet measured, may need to go down half a size for wholecuts.

    Worn both half a dozen tims, and the only issue I've experienced is the usual slipping on polished surfaces i.e. tiles, on leather soled shoes. Still early days in terms of reviewing aging, construction, etc, but I've deleted all of my shoe bookmarks except for Meermin, Carmina and the Armoury (the latter have the most beautiful pair of brown Captoes in the Robert last, and tan wholecuts on the Inca last).

    The only issue with Meermin is the lack of colours in the Classic range (mostly black for the styles I like - which I have). Even MTO colours still lacking in options at the moment i.e. tan.

    I plan to be a Meermin customer for many a year.
     
  11. kev777

    kev777 Well-Known Member

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    Get some pics up for us all to see :nodding:
     
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  12. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

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    Christian B, I've seen some pictures of the Hiro captoe that make it look very round and bulbous, but your pictures show it as much sleeker. How does the toe compare with an AE Park Avenue/Fifth Avenue?
     
  13. cbfn

    cbfn Well-Known Member

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    I own a pair of AE FA and the Meermins is visibly sleeker.
     
  14. tv2177

    tv2177 Well-Known Member

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    do u mind take a comparison pic when you get time? :)
     
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  15. Putonghua73

    Putonghua73 Well-Known Member

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    Post 929. However, the picture quality isn't the best due to no natural light. My shoe trees should arrive today, although I suspect they'll arrive after my workplace's postal room shuts - which means I may have to take additional pictures in natural light and after 3 weeks wear, after the weekend.
     
  16. cbfn

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    Yeah, I'll do it after work. :)
     
  17. tv2177

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    thank you in advance.
     
  18. RDiaz

    RDiaz Well-Known Member

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    Carminas are machine welted and gemmed...

    Too bad Meermin doesn't offer a resole/recrafting service. Their handwelted construction might be more durable but once the sole is worn out you either find a cobbler who can replace it or you're screwed...
     
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  19. cbfn

    cbfn Well-Known Member

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    Hiro last compared to the AE #5 and C&J 348:

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    The longer cap on the Meermin's really helps with the perceived sleekness.
     
  20. tv2177

    tv2177 Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the pic!

    I agree on the sleekness of the Meermin's.

    what are the size for your FA and meermin if you don't mind. also the C&J looks a lot longer on the toe but still a very nice monk

    after your pics I am definitely going to pull a trigger on the dark brown pair of cap toe when I get my next check.

    btw, nice shine!:slayer:
     
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