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Crizzlelovesyou

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Is it true that the break in period on the Meermin is extensive?
It can be yeah. Finding a last that works well for your feet and using good socks for the break in will help a lot.
 

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It can be yeah. Finding a last that works well for your feet and using good socks for the break in will help a lot.
K. Am comparing the entry shoe brands. Looks like for cost, it's split between Skolyx Mallorca, Meermin Mallorca Classic Line, and JF Line [at buy 2 get 1 free].

Findings
  • Cheapest total is JF Line at around $183 and change per pair for 3 pairs.
    • If you like a chiseled square, this last is probably for you.
    • My main detraction from the loafer in particular is the penny strap triangle cut looks somewhat low end, and the strap itself is rather two dimensional.
  • Cheapest per pair individually is Meermin Mallorca at around $195.
    • Looks to be quality in the pictures, nothing major to gripe about here.
    • Long turn around time on orders and long break-in period could be detractions -- as satorialists we recognize that price is a function of fit and finish, if the fit of the shoes takes a while to be comfortable that could in theory detract from the value proposition.
  • Ostensibly highest quality per shoe is Skolyx Mallorca at $218 a pair.
    • Think going to Costco and instead of going with the brand name, you buy the Kirkland brand instead. Same quality with subtle differences in inactive ingredients.
    • Zero break-in period on the loafers sized down one half UK size standard width.
    • Slight bevel to the waist and City Rubber soles make for good beaters at the entry price point.
    • Main detraction here is that the aforementioned City Rubber sole uses a parallel line pattern that as it nears the toe creates a corrogated edge to the appearance.
      • Personally, this bothered me, so I took $0.20 sand paper and after 20 minutes was able to gently smooth the toe edge with a 45 degree sanding pattern.
 
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Hi all
My black scuffed shell arrived a few days ago. Definitely much lighter than I expected. Uppers are a bit darker. I thought they would be more black .
Those look great. They look brown in the photos, not that I’d complain as they’re probably more versatile now.
 

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Thanks. Yes, definitely more on the brown side. Same thing happened with the “olive” shell jumpers I bought last year. They came out great but more on the brown/ copper side than I expected.
 

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I really hope they do another run of that model and hopefully include ridgeway.

I should’ve done what @stephenaf2003 did and purchase a second pair.
Man, I missed them and I hope they let them return. The bootfluencers launching the shitstorm have in the meantime announced ostmo-exclusive promotions for their subscription service.
 

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with wear they'll darken.....and....I don't remember what thread exactly, but another member darkened their taupe-like boots with coffee grounds and they looked great.
This is the post you mentioned:
Last December I bought a pair of Cheaney's Jarrow Tundra Waxy Suede boots, drew with the very nice "tanned" colour as they were shown in their product photos:

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The real ones that I received are very, very much lighter in colour, something that I would call a "coffee milkshake" with a lot of milk on it: I was somehow disappointed, as it proved to be harder to combine with my usual outfits.



Light changes their colour quite a lot, and I wasn't happy with the "milkshake" one...



I asked in different forums how to get a darker tone without having to dye them. As I didn't get any suitable answer, I decided to experiment with a DIY home experiment: as what I had in my mind was a darker tone of coffee, why not try with some coffee to purposely "stain" my boots?

Jarrow proceso 1.jpg


Instead of making a dark coffee, I decided to use the grounded coffee beams without water, just rubbing them to see what would result...

Jarrow proceso 2..jpg


It was a "kitchen work" that I repeated a few times after brushing them to remove the excess grounded coffee and, as final intent, I decided to steam them to get some humidity that would reinforce the "staining" process. As a final step, hard brushing and a vacuum cleaner...

The outcome was better than I thought: they acquired a different colour tone, without seeming dyed even though they still lighter than the Cheaney's product images, more of a light polo suede colour:

Jarrow version final 1.jpg


I hope you like my DIY experiment and the final result...
 

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Is it true that the break in period on the Meermin is extensive?
Yes it can be.

The bigger problem though is that even after break in they often still aren't comfortable.

I have 3 pairs that are wearable but not comfortable.
 

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Their suede stuff seems to break in relatively quickly snd is very comfortable imho. Everything else takes time, blended in rotation with other shoes.

phee
 

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In terms of break in, I found their shoes, that aren’t boots, are a really rough break in. However, every pair of boots I have from them, and I’ve got a few, have not had a tough break in at all.
 

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I just ordered these shoes and I could of sworn I ordered a 10UK because I am a 11US. I sent them a reply to this order confirmation and another response on their ‘contact us’ section on their website.

Has anyone come across an issue like this?…
I don’t know what else I can do because they don’t allow me to cancel or change the order on the website… sigh 🤦🏻‍♂️

it has not shipped yet.

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Here's more pic of my marbled shell boots I can't wait for Saturday for a proper wear
 

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