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I posted some photos earlier of the Horween boots. The finishing was fine, on par with Meermin with an uneven welt and some loose stitching here and there. Nothing of functional consequence. You're saving a couple of hundred bucks on Horween shell by going the Meermin route, so you really have to ask yourself whether the savings or finishing matters more.Any feedback on what is the quality of finishing and general quality of the shell on these would be like? This seems to be shell from Horween unlike the earlier one which was cheaper at 430 USD. This one is 600 USD.
Also- some examples which I have seen on Reddit have had quite horrible finishing on welt which is definitely not expected at this price point. Makes me hesitant to take a gamble on these though I have been lusting over the website pics.
I bought a pair a few months ago, a very nice willow grain ST derby. Same exact problem as you: the heel stiffener is killing my feet each time I wear them. I guess I won't be buying more if that doesn't go away.That's a shame really. It's the main reason for me stop wearing Meermin. Wonder why they stick to this, would it be such a cost increase to change to leatherboard for instance?
I am tempted to get in on the current MTO which is shell cordovan in the ROD last. I do not have any other Meermins so the sizing scale is new for me. I wear a Trickers Stow in 8.5 UK which is a roomy fit (not a very snug fit) - I assume I can wear 8UK also with a snugger fit.There is a whole mix of shells in this MTO. Horween, Italian, and Heritage (cheapest option). I have now been using their heritage shell boots 1-2 times a week for the past few months and the quality is good. Finishing on my boots is very good. Compared to Horween shells that I have from AE, I don't see much difference. The heritage is a bit thinner than horween.
Sure I’ll pass along my experience with the ROD last, but the only experience I have is with the ROD boot.I am tempted to get in on the current MTO which is shell cordovan in the ROD last. I do not have any other Meermins so the sizing scale is new for me. I wear a Trickers Stow in 8.5 UK which is a roomy fit (not a very snug fit) - I assume I can wear 8UK also with a snugger fit.
My US Brannock size is 9E/ EE US, since my foot width is on the wider size.
Can members provide some guidance on what could be my ideal size in ROD last? What are the sizings you wear? Have probably asked this earlier, but wanted to reconfirm specifically for the shell boots in the Rod last.
Also - are the heels on your boots stiff like several members are mentioned?
That's tough and there is definitely a stark difference in colour. It's incidents like this which dissuaded me from putting my money into the Meermin MTO. Put the same money into the Grant Stone Black Friday sale instead !Another example of horrible Meermin consistency and customer service:
Wanted to try a pair of their suede Jodhpurs. Ordered two sizes. Despite carrying the same SKU, the two boots I received are in different color suedes of different texture (one nappier than the other). The linings are in different colors. The boots are cut differently, with different relative length tongues and different ankle widths. One pair came in visibly used, with fading at the heel and ankles and paint chipping from the welt. The other has an incorrectly stitched sole, with the stitch running into a divot rather than along its edge, and sloppily glued heel.
When I requested returning the lighter brown boots, I was informed that the original shipping charges would not be reimbursed and I would have to pay return shipping as the difference in upper color was due to the “slight, natural variation” between leathers and problems with my computer monitor. How fun.
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Same. I've had decent experiences with Meermin before, and their latest MTO's look fantastic (especially caper green waxed kudu) but I decided to pass. One, I don't prefer how tight the lace closure is on their boots, and two, I don't want to risk getting a chelsea that's too big and won't stay on my weird foot. Three - I prefer not to wait until January for a non-returnable pair.That's tough and there is definitely a stark difference in colour. It's incidents like this which dissuaded me from putting my money into the Meermin MTO. Put the same money into the Grant Stone Black Friday sale instead !
I had a similar issue with a pair of Thursday boots, which run about $199. Thursday just sent me a new pair of boots, and let me keep the old ones. That was unexpected, and I'd say probably the best possible resolution.What do you guys think, should I consider this as a satisfactory solution to this kind of a quality control issue?
That's not an uncommon problem. Its a quick fix, a bit of barge cement or other shoeglue and it'll be fine. Its one of the most minor defects you could have. I would happily accept the offer from Meermin, my local guy would do it while I wait and probably charge 10-20 bucks depending on the mood he's inToday I sadly encountered the first usability related quality control issue with the new Meermin boots I bought a month ago. Unfortunately today the heel gluing of the commando sole of one of the boots failed just after a few wears and the heel is detached from the other side. I contacted Meermin about the issue and they responded that they suggest that I take the boot to the local cobbler and they will reimburse the amount the cobbler charges instead of sending them back to spain for service. So far I have been pretty satisfied with their quality but this kind of a defect is not something I would expect from a >$260 pair of boots...
What do you guys think, should I consider this as a satisfactory solution to this kind of a quality control issue?