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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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    Feb 5, 2014
    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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    Dec 26, 2016
    How would you compare quality of Meermin to Allen Edmonds Firsts?

  4. 007Bond

    007Bond Senior member

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    Sep 20, 2016
    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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    Aug 24, 2016
    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?
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2017 at 2:31 AM

  6. Bojan Zebic

    Bojan Zebic New Member

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    Aug 28, 2017
    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.


  7. winghus

    winghus Senior member

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    North Carolina, USA
    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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    Jul 8, 2016
    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!


  9. crdb

    crdb Senior member

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    Mar 22, 2014
    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.

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