• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 7: Castangia from SARTORIALE

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 6th auction is for a Castangia Suit or Sportcoat from SARTORIALE Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

iva80

Active Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2019
Messages
27
Reaction score
4
The leather softens, but the plastic heel and the stitches make everything painful. You need a perfect fit with them to feel good. I am experimenting with heel cup pads to alleviate the pain.
 

Crafty Cumbrian

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2017
Messages
1,886
Reaction score
2,472
The leather softens, but the plastic heel and the stitches make everything painful. You need a perfect fit with them to feel good. I am experimenting with heel cup pads to alleviate the pain.
Meermin confirmed to me the cordovan are built with Maestro materials which is maybe how I escaped this peril! As they use leather over plastic I believe.
 

iva80

Active Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2019
Messages
27
Reaction score
4
Plain toes are more forgiving. Right now I am still fighting between heel and stitches on my RUI brogues.
 

iva80

Active Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2019
Messages
27
Reaction score
4
Actually I find the leather quite nice. It is thick and does not crease in excessively. It does not have a strong leather smell like other brands I own: Trickers and Sebago smell very strongly. Dogs on the street are attracted by these.

But the keyword is fit.
My left heel is smaller than the right. The right fills the cup somehow and is ok-ish. The left is a pain, the upper cup diggs deep. I added a foam pad to help fill the cup anx it is much better.
Seems like Hok would be a good fit for me. Hope our forum colleague will reply my earlier question.
 

Skelnik

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 22, 2016
Messages
576
Reaction score
672
I think the inside leather lining in the shell cordovan service boots are of high quality and relatively soft. I’m not sure if anyone else agrees or if it is any different from any of their other boots. That may have been what I was most impressed about with these boots. I was expecting stiff lower quality leather on the inside, but was pleasantly surprised.
 

aPaleDragon

Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
9
Reaction score
4
Final note on this: I used a tiny bit of mink oil (just tapping the oil once) and rubbed the lining with my finger, so that the inside of the problematic areas would become saturated and softer. Then I broke the upper in by hand for half an hour on each side, using a lot of force here. I will condition the upper with a suiting leather cream tomorrow and break them in by hand again (don't use mink oil here!). Can't walk properly at the moment since I'm still missing chunks of my shin, but for what I can tell they are much better already.
 

Genericuser1

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2018
Messages
1,064
Reaction score
4,656
I've had some stiff boots before and found you need to work them over by hand. For me it was the heel cup cutting into me. Some conditioner on the inside (it was suede so I didn't put anything on the outside) and just bent and flexed it a lot. I also took the handle of a butter knife and really worked over the problem areas (from the inside) and that took care of the problem.

One of these days when I'm in NYC I'll make a stop and try some on; with my EEE and high instep feet I'd have to order and return a bunch to find something that would work.
 

aPaleDragon

Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
9
Reaction score
4
They have a great initial fit for me, despite the adamantium leather. With EEE you could try their new HOK last, maybe size up .5.
 

pedromvu

Active Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2018
Messages
36
Reaction score
70
Is this the first time that Meermin releases the current NST Boots that are in MTO right now? I kind of remember seeing them before but I haven't seen photos of any owner.

My only experience with Meermin is with the Hiro last on a double monk, which found to be true to size and the only info I found about Hok last is I should be fine with the same size for use with thicker socks but I was wondering if someone else already has experience with how the Hok last compares to others.

Edit: I had my UK conversion wrong, actually my Hiro shoes are half size down than my Brannock not true to size.

Now that I read a few pages back it seems I should go down half size from Hiro (1 full size from Brannock) but I am not sure if that would be for thin or thick socks.
 
Last edited:

Contango

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2010
Messages
518
Reaction score
329
Well they do sell belts, wallets, bags.
But they’re not shoes.

“We are dedicated to produce & sell well made, quality Goodyear Welted shoes at a radical affordable price point.”
 

shotsmcgee

Member
Joined
Oct 1, 2019
Messages
5
Reaction score
1
Still waiting for my MTO burgundy shell cordovans...

They got back to me and said the following
Thank you for your message.

I am sorry to inform you there was an issue and we repeated the order, do not worry we will have it ready in 10 days, we added you a shoe tree and a brush to maintain your boots and keep them perfect conditions in future. Sorry again for delay

Thanks again for your interest & please just let us know if you need any further assistance.
Now on the 11th day today hahaha. Sent them another follow up strongly worded email.

These were due to arrive in September, safe to say I'll never do a Meermin MTO again.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 29 3.6%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 141 17.4%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 265 32.7%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 129 15.9%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 69 8.5%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 48 5.9%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 24 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.7%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.1%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.9%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 8 1.0%
  • 100+

    Votes: 51 6.3%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
428,977
Messages
9,226,332
Members
193,668
Latest member
darylaltenhoff
Top