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Meermin Mallorca Shoes

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

  1. Usonian

    Usonian Senior member

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    re: the most recent discussion on meermins quality, i also struggle to fully advocate for them. I own three pairs, all on the hiro last. one pair is LM, one GMTO, and one standard offering. the soles in the LM are squeaky as fuuuuhhhhh, i think it's a loose shank, but i'm not sure i want to pay the fee to resole them to find out. the GMTO had a commando sole over a double leather sole, and the actual upper construction (chukka style) came loose after a year or so of wearing, but the sole is still hardly pliable. they're not exactly comfortable. my last pair, the standard pair of chukkas, has been totally fine. After almost 2 years of wearing them constantly (like 2-3 times a week), the only issue is that i wore through the sole and i need to get them resoled.

    I'd buy them off ebay, but i can't imagine i'll be paying full price for them again. they LOOK amazing for the price, but after a while, i'm not sure they're worth the price. i'm also not in grad school anymore, so i don't feel as bad paying for CS or carmina haha.
     


  2. gbandi

    gbandi Senior member

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    With all due respect, if you wanna wear dress boots, you need the right pants. Hem with minimal or no break and relatively slim fit.

    On the shoe aspect, I had the same boot and gave it away. Meermin lasts, specially hiro are getting to look boring for me. Elton is a bit smarter but hiro is a classic old fashioned English look. I am still in my 40's and could handle something better
     


  3. freshstyle

    freshstyle Senior member

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    How would you compare quality of Meermin to Allen Edmonds Firsts?
     


  4. 007Bond

    007Bond Senior member

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    I have bought both and I would say the AE are much better, the Meermin is more like a AE third with stiffer leather that takes time to break in. Maybe worse did you see the one guy got a Meermin with a rusty nail inside that's insane.
     


  5. Zerase

    Zerase Active Member

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    I am looking for an autumnal shoe and the grain longwings on the Rui last, interest me. I wear 7,5 UK in both Loake Capital and Carmina Rain, but 7 UK in Carlos Santos 234. I have quite a high instep and wide feet. Does anyone here have derbies on the Rui last and can comment what size they have on that shoe and on the other last mentioned, please?
     
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  6. Bojan Zebic

    Bojan Zebic New Member

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    RUI last shoud fit you fine, they’re generally pretty big and wide last meaning long as well, so let’s say you should half size down from your normal size. I for example wear size 44/10 in majority of Vass lasts but in RUI I would need 43.5 so 9.5. Generally the shoes are very nice the scotch grain they use seems high quality.


    uUI
     


  7. winghus

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    I would disagree with that statement somewhat. I have 2 pairs of Meermins, one is 2 years old, the other 6 months. I have 8 pairs of Allen Edmonds and while the older pairs of AEs (one is almost 20 years old now) are absolutely better quality than the Meermins, the 3 pairs I have bought in the last 18 months are no better than the Meermins with the exception that the leather is not as stiff. One of my pairs of Meermin is suede and they broke in at around the 4 hour mark. The other pair is oak leather and they are still stiff after 4 wears but are definitely getting better. The biggest issue I would have recommending Meermin over AE would be sizing. If you live in the US, you can go into an AE store or outlet and try on the shoes and AE sells every last in multiple widths, something European makers seldom do. That being said, I would probably keep any future Meermin purchases to the softer leathers like suede or llama unless it's a boot, which I wear a half-size large with heavy socks.
     


  8. josef1

    josef1 Active Member

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    Sharing my experience with the goodyearshoes Ebay.

    Was the highest bidder for more than a day for a pair gorgeous Copper Antique Tasseled Loafers that was marked brand new.
    Been really planning to get this exact pair on the official site and felt so lucky to have found one on the Ebay one at a bit over half off!

    10 minutes before the bidding ended, I was still the highest bidder so I figured that I pretty much got this and the other bidders are probably asleep in their different timezones so I proceeded with watching Netflix.

    After some time I got a notification that I lost the bid! Someone bid literally 50 seconds before the bidding ended.
    My excitement turned to shock. Lesson learned people, when buying on the Ebay/goodyearshoes, make damn sure you watch your bid till the last second haha

    And to whoever got that pair I really wanted, I hate you. Also, well played. haha!

    Cheers!
     


  9. crdb

    crdb Senior member

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    That's normal sniping, which everybody does. You can do it manually or get a tool to do it for you (advisable given the slow speed). Set a limit and let the tool bid you up. I'm old school and bid manually in the last 10 seconds.
     


  10. 007Bond

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    You could be right since I have only recently bought Meermin and have had the AE for years. I know that AE has moved a lot of its production to the DR over the past few years so maybe things have gone down as you have said. After much trial and error I have settled on Carmina and that is the only brand I plan to buy new in the future. I was always told you get what you pay for if something cost less there is a reason.

    Overall I think it is a shame that the Meermin brand is not that great as they have nice looking shoes and boot and the GMTO is nice. But if the leather is hard, nails in your footbed, general QC issues I myself have to pass.
     


  11. winghus

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    No one can criticize going Carmina over Meermin, they're not attempting to sell to the same crowd. With reservations, I recommend Meermin over AE to people who

    1) Know their foot sizing well.
    2) Want European styling at a good price/quality ratio
    3) Do not want to spend $220+ USD for a pair of shoes.
     


  12. jayspec

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    We have similar feet (wide/high instep) and I also take a 7UK in the CS 234, which fits me comfortably. I own a derby and boot in 7UK on the Rui last, and I can say they definitely run shorter/lower volume than the 234. After break-in, I find the Rui to be a snug fit with thin dress socks. I'm planning to sell the boots at some point because anything thicker than dress socks is absolutely not an option. If I were to do it again, I would definitely go 7.5UK on the Rui unless I was sticking strictly to thin socks.
     


  13. Bojan Zebic

    Bojan Zebic New Member

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    Again for Carmina prices I would always choose Vass, hand welted, no comparison in terms of quality and uniqueness compared to machine welted brands like Carmina made to your own specification, leather, design, heel and sole height etc.
     


  14. 7_rocket

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    I"m wearing AE as we speak. They are my first entry into "quality" dress shoes. I"ve always bought them on deep discounts as firsts or deep discounts as seconds.

    While I do like the quality of AE shoes, the shape is too bulbous for me now. Going to try Meermin sometime soon. I can't drop $500 Canadian on a pair of shoes right now. It's just irresponsible at the moment for me
     


  15. 007Bond

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    If you shop and check the outlet you can get new Carmina's for about $300 US I have been lucky and grabbed a few just under $200. So for me there is no point in messing with other brands you just have to be patient and watch the outlet.
     


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