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.