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Did you take the regular size or did size up?
I typically wear cashmere socks with my shearling boots, which are very thick. So, I sized up a half. This is my third pair of shearlings on the HOK last, and I went 1/2 up on them all. The fit is spot in on all of them for me, YMMV.
 

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I typically wear cashmere socks with my shearling boots, which are very thick. So, I sized up a half. This is my third pair of shearlings on the HOK last, and I went 1/2 up on them all. The fit is spot in on all of them for me, YMMV.
One more question.

Hok last fits me ok-ish. Perfect for the left foot, but for my right foot (my toes are thicker, normal otherwise), I feel some pinch at the big toe or the penultimate toes. The pinch depends on the time of the day, but definitely the fit is not as comfortable as the left foot.

I am size 7.5 and was thinking to go size 8 with shearling. 8uk without fur would be probably too big (especially for the left foot). The question is, does shearling take up some space or 8uk without fur feels the same as a 8uk with fur?
I am hoping that fur takes up some space and with some thicker socks I can have both legs feel comfortable without heel slip.
 

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One more question.

Hok last fits me ok-ish. Perfect for the left foot, but for my right foot (my toes are thicker, normal otherwise), I feel some pinch at the big toe or the penultimate toes. The pinch depends on the time of the day, but definitely the fit is not as comfortable as the left foot.

I am size 7.5 and was thinking to go size 8 with shearling. 8uk without fur would be probably too big (especially for the left foot). The question is, does shearling take up some space or 8uk without fur feels the same as a 8uk with fur?
I am hoping that fur takes up some space and with some thicker socks I can have both legs feel comfortable without heel slip.
We’ll I am by no means an expert on fit. I can’t really say what would work for you honestly. For me, I need to size up because I want to wear thick socks. Your other foot complicates things, so I see your dilemma, it’s a tough call.
 

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We’ll I am by no means an expert on fit. I can’t really say what would work for you honestly. For me, I need to size up because I want to wear thick socks. Your other foot complicates things, so I see your dilemma, it’s a tough call.
If you were to wear regular socks would you say the fit between the regular and shearling lined Hok in the same size is the same like Meermin claims?
 

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If you were to wear regular socks would you say the fit between the regular and shearling lined Hok in the same size is the same like Meermin claims?
My past experience says largely yes, their claim is correct. I’ve got 9 pairs of their shearling boots. 4 of them are on HOK, and the remaining 5 are on Hiro. On the Hiro I’ve always ordered my normal UK8.5 with shearling. The Hiro all fit perfectly, except for 1 pair I ordered on Hiro in 2019, I had to send them back and get a UK9. I no longer order Hiro last since they introduced HOK, because the HOK is such an ideal last for my foot. Additionally, I discovered cashmere winter socks in 19, and only wear cashmere socks with shearling. For me on the HOK, which is too big in UK8.5, I choose UK8.5 when ordering shearling on HOK. But, remember I’m just a guy on the internet, it’s 99.99.9% unlikely your feet are anything like mine.
 

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For those more knowledgeable than I am, are these protrusions normal manufacturing tolerances? I don't know much about how shoes are constructed, but assume the toe reinforcement is too large for the shoe and is sticking out. And is this fixable?

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That's the toe cap. It's supposed to be stiff.
Are those shoes unlined inside? Have they looked like this out of the box?
 

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That's the toe cap. It's supposed to be stiff.
Are those shoes unlined inside? Have they looked like this out of the box?
It is certainly stiff as you'd expect, but I've never had it protrude so obviously, even on the same model of shoes. These are lined, model 101596. They're new, pictures came from before I tried them on, but they look the same after...
 

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For those more knowledgeable than I am, are these protrusions normal manufacturing tolerances? I don't know much about how shoes are constructed, but assume the toe reinforcement is too large for the shoe and is sticking out. And is this fixable?

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It should not stick out that much, that means the stiffener was not molded to the last tightly. It's not really fixable; even if you were Meermin and had the original last, you'd have to take the whole shoe apart, apply acetone to the celastic or heat to the thermoplastic to make it moldable again, re-last it, re-welt it, and resole it.

Yet another example of IMO Meermin's biggest problem, which is the use of very hard and stiff plastic toe and heel counters. Is it really worth the savings in materials? Even a thinner, softer celastic would be better than the hard shell that they use now.

I would ask for a refund.
 
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Yeah, that’s more than 14” of snow in the background on my deck. These waxy commander shearling’s are up for it though.
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