These look amazing! Really feeling FOMO on passing on the heritage shell chelsea boots now.Received the Heritage shell cordovan jumper boots today. Here’s a few pics of them straight out of the box.
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I am very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the shell. They nailed it this time. By far the best I’ve seen yet from any of the Meermin shell pairs I’ve owned including Shinki and Rocado offerings. Perhaps more like the Comipel shell that Grant Stone uses. It’s definitely not the standard Lis Royal that they have used in the past.
The fit is too tight for me with the inserts, but very roomy with inserts removed. They are very nice inserts though. Very thick and comfortable looking. I would definitely have gone a half size up if I knew so that I could use them. For reference I am an 8.5D in Barrie and a 7.5E UK in the HOK last. These are a 7.5E UK but moving forward I will go with 8E on this last with the Ultraflex.
I’ve owned 5 pair of Meermins before and didn’t keep any of them but these I will certainly be keeping. I’m very happy with the QA and the high quality of the shell. I would highly recommend their Heritage Shell offerings even at a higher price. These are stupid cheap for what you get.
When the inserts are removed the nail heads are exposed on the insole. I put a thin leather insole in them and all feels good. No issues at all. Still, I wish they had finished them with the standard thin leather insole heel covering they put in non Ultraflex shoes for those who choose to remove the inserts.