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Meermin Mallorca Shoes

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

  1. GucciKid

    GucciKid Well-Known Member

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    The problem is not simply slow response time. They were very communicative before I'd paid, even emailing me back on a Sunday night. The problem is in the discrepancy in response times after you've paid.

    Like I said I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, but if they are truly that busy count me as one who would prefer slightly higher prices and better customer service.
     
  2. GucciKid

    GucciKid Well-Known Member

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    Just got my refund from Meermin. Perhaps they are reading this thread!
     
  3. cbfn

    cbfn Well-Known Member

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    They are, they have responded earlier in the thread.
     
  4. Gosroth

    Gosroth Well-Known Member

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    In fact representatives of Meermin have been posting in this thread a few months back, tough I suspect they currently have better things to do then reading SF...



    My experience on the contrary is that responsiveness has dropped sharply since late early July, and this is not only for customers who have already paid. I've just talk to a friend who sent an email concerning his first order, he had a 5 day or so wait. I also inquired myself about placing a second order of shoes suitable for winter wear, and was asked that they be allowed to get in touch with me later after they sort out the exchange for my first order.

    So no, in my experience there is no "get paid quick, sort things out later" - mentality at work here.

    If one considers the Meermin philosophy, it appears it's clear that by offering a somewhat basic range, lasts on the conservative side, rather narrow range of colors (most likely to enable large-quantity purchases of leather at a discount rate) and have the owners of the company themselves handling sales representative and customer side contact, they are able to offer a quality product at a very good price.

    There is bound to be some corner-cutting somewhere, and the more of it that's keep out of the shoe itself, the happier I will personally be.
     
  5. Gosroth

    Gosroth Well-Known Member

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    I can add the above the 10 hours after sending my polite reminder (which was sent at midnight), I got a reply from Sandro confirming reciept of my return package, (which means he replied within 1-2 hours of the start of his workday).

    Let's keep in mind that's not just a question of responsiveness, but also of actually getting in touch with somebody who is knowledgeable about the product in question. To give some comparasion with other men´s shoemakers/retailers, I keep getting very fast replies from Herring Shoes (UK) and Markowski (France), that often seem to be written by somebody who has very little knowledge of the product, and often contains copy-paste info that´s already on the homepage.

    If you can actually get in touch with Adrian Herring himself I'm sure he could answer my questions at lenght, but I think it's safe to assume he is just as busy as the Albaladejo brothers.
     
  6. cbfn

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    Used them before and they are no where near as good when it comes to customer service as Meermin. Horrendously overpriced as well.
     
  7. Jakezero

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    The customer service that I've received thus far has been pretty good, I'm in the same timezone as Spain and I've had Pepe mail me at half past midnight to respond to my queries. I haven't had any reason to contact Pepe again since I placed my order, so I can't really weigh in on whether or not communications grind to a halt once money has changed hands, but while we were discussing the details of my MTO it could take between 20 minutes to 2 days for Pepe to respond, but it generally took him around 3 hours. All I can do right now is to wait, if all goes according to plan then I should receive my cordovan split toe norwegian derby early October.
     
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  8. MaybeItsHate

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    Also, it might be that it takes them a while to respond to English speakers because it isn't their first language. Thinking about it, they must get orders in all kinds of languages.
     
  9. Dr.Teatime

    Dr.Teatime Well-Known Member

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    I happen to be in Spain, and I went to the Meermin store.
    The shoes are indeed impressive.
    The store is untouched by any protests, the protest were minor actually. Went by our hotel.

    The demand for the shoes seems to have gone up according to the salesman, at least per my broken Spanish.
    Pictures to follow... I got a captoe double monk, in classic line.

    Also, gave into an impulse buy and picked up a Carmina.

    It seems to my examination that both shoes are on the same league, though the Meermin is substantially cheaper.
     
  10. Quadcammer

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    Completely opposite experience for me.

    as for meermin, their sales have probably exploded and they are swamped, as small businesses get in this type of situation.
     
  11. 510kut

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    Yea I think they are probably just swamped. I sent an email probably about 5 days ago first email still waiting for a reply.
     
  12. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, even if you are swamped, you don't stop answering phone - which in this case, emails. Customer service is paramount for any business - big or small.

    I hope they recognize that and rectify that quickly.

    I am interested in a pair or two of Meermin shoes but after reading through all the non-responses/delayed-responses, I am hesitant....
     
  13. Jmen

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    They're still answering their mail, it just takes a little longer. They're still faster in responding to mails than a lot of other companies.

    I also think they don't really need any more employees to answer the mails, they just have to get their online shop working.

    By the way, they told me they were going to send me my new shoes this Monday, but I didn't receive a TNT notification that day. I waited a bit today, but still no mail from TNT. So I contacted them again. Hopefully I'll still receive my new pair of shoes this week, because I've been waiting pretty long for them. (I was on vacation, so the exchange wasn't really possible, not their fault)
     
  14. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Well-Known Member

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    So anyone know if these are on the docket or if you can get them as a MTO, before I clog up their email even more? Or any other styles? Already pretty well stocked in the basics they offer, but really would like to check out a pair from them.
     
  15. kasakka

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    I really don't know what you guys want from them after purchase. Constant emails telling you that now the cobbler is stitching the upper? When I ordered the emails were really quick, far faster than most companies I've dealt with. Even then I don't think a day or two to respond is really slow by any means. For a small company, answering emails can quickly become a fulltime job for someone who probably has other things to do as well.

    That said, my MTO shoes are already a week over from their estimate..hopefully they're just in the mail.
     
  16. Gosroth

    Gosroth Well-Known Member

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    I'm having a bad case of sizing angst over my Meermins. Wise minds of SF, please aid me.


    The story so far:

    I ordered and received my pair of Meermin dubmonks in size UK9 based on Jose's advice. Sadly, these where clearly too big, giving major slipping at the heel. I needed to wear 4 pairs of socks to get a comfortable fit in size 9 – in my mind that´s a little more then a half size too big.

    Sent the shoes back to Spain using cheapest availible postal service, which still costs me close to 60 euros. Ouch.

    Went to a store and tried on some of the Loakes on the Capital last (rounded cap-toes not dissimillar from Meermin Hiro last). Size 8UK felt snugg but comfy. 8.5 was slipping at the heel. Decided that 8 UK was my size (I´ve mostly been buying shoes in EU and Japanese sizes sizes which adds to my inexperience in picking the right UK size).

    Then today I recieve a pair of Chukka boots in UK8 (from another maker) that are comfortable enough when I stand or sit, but clearly pinch my toes while walking (not enough to be painfull, at least not when walking indoors, but clearly uncomfortable). Picked up a pair of suede slippers with chukkas, also size UK8, they also pinch my toes.

    The chukkas in question are Herring Strathclydes (Herring ”country” last, which Herring told me was simillar in lenght and toe fit to Loake Capital).

    So, the question now is, do I exchange my Meermins for size 8 and run the risk of a pinchy toebox, or 8.5 and run the risk of a slippy heel?

    Which of these problems are more likely to go away with use?

    From what I´ve gathered here on SF, toe boxes are the hardest part of shoes to stretch or sucsesfully break in as they are heavily reinforced to keep shape (and cap-toes are even worse due to the double layer of leather). Slippery heels will improve as the sole becomes less stiff and the cork footbed molds to your heel. That suggets that I should go for 8.5 after all. But then agan, those size 9 shoes felt a little more then half a size too big.

    For now I´ve decied to wear my size 8 chukkas indoors a few days and see if the toebox will give in a little.

    If not, I guess I´ll exchange my Meermins for size 8.5, as I figure toe pinching is a more major discomfort then a little heel slipping. Really want to avoid paying another 60 euros for another exchange, but getting sizing nailed down with my duck-feet is so damn tricky.
     
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  17. cbfn

    cbfn Well-Known Member

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    As a Norwegian I feel your pain regarding both sizing problems and cost of returns.
    I have tried on both the Loake Pimlico and the Loake Blackfriars, which are both the Capital last, and have always felt they were a bit on the big side, and the Hiro last is noticeably tighter in the same size. I'm not completely sure, but I wouldn't get my hopes up if I were you.

    BTW, you know there is a Meermin store in Tokyo?
     
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  18. Engi

    Engi Well-Known Member

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    I would try UK8 size, taking into account that anyway the shoes will break in few weeks of use.

    Ciao

    Engi
     
  19. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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    Less email bitching and more pics
     
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