Meermin Mallorca Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by asturiano, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. AHS

    AHS Senior member

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    Today I received the LM double monks in dark brown on their narrow New Rey last. Ordered about a month ago.. Took about three weeks for them to ship out... And from Spain to San Francisco in about five days.

    While I was a little disappointed that there was a three-week delay in sending them out, their Customer Service was really great. (And I am very happy to report that there was no customs upcharge.)

    I am pleased with the shoes. Color seems a darker brown than the website. I'm a US 11 b and the 10 fit well out of the box. I plan to take them out tomorrow for their maiden voyage.

    AHS
     


  2. kashmir

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    Just checking, you guys manage to order non-MTO models that are not from the online shop, right?

    I contacted Pepe regarding that and got forwarded to Luisa who stated that they are only selling those on the online shop... what gives?
     
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  3. ddsg

    ddsg Well-Known Member

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    Could you snap a few pics? Would love to see them in action.
     


  4. nickwjd

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    Has anyone here been wearing their leather soled Meermins in wet weather? I'm in Singapore where rain is a common occurrence and I'm planning to get the double monks and the LWBs from Meermin. Both have leather soles (although the LWB has a double one IIRC) and I'm wondering if, given proper time to dry after a wet day and also regular application of mink oil/polish to the soles, will they be OK for such use?

    Or is it just asking for trouble? I don't really want to have to topy them if possible.
     


  5. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    mink oil + a beeswax dubbin or leather conditioner and they should be fine, assuming they use a proper oak, quebracho or chestnut tanned outsole. You could email meermin and ask them about the source of their sole bends.
     
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  6. tacit

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    The soles, in my experience, wear out rather quickly even in dry/damp weather. Within one day of wearing my new Mermins out in Singapore, the sole around the toe area showed substantial wear. Since topying them, though, they've been a joy to wear in both good and wet weather.
     


  7. nickwjd

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    Ah someone with experience in the same climate. :D I assume you also spend a lot of time walking between MRTs and buses as well?

    I'm worried about excessive wear on the soles, particularly since it's not feasible to resole them here. I believe only EdEtAl is capable of properly fixing a goodyear shoe and he charges upwards of $100 no?
     


  8. kashmir

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    I shall chime in: I have a leather sole Loake (1880) made shoes that have had heavy use throughout last year (minimum 3 days a week). MRT and buses should be fine; and I have been wearing them through a few heavy rains and one walk past a flooded area (!). I brought them to Ed Et Al for checking once and he said the front part of the sole is a bit worn out (the part that left the ground last during walking). But the rest is okay; I've replaced the heels twice along the way. Will probably consider metal taps.

    This pair, before I bought my second, were truly my only pair of shoes to wear everywhere. I think if you are in a better situation- meaning you have many others in rotation- they would suffer much less wear. My second pair was double leather and obviously looks like it's gonna take much longer years before I need to even consider adding protection.
     


  9. nickwjd

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    That sounds encouraging, although Loake's soles may be very different from Meermin's for all we know. A pair of cheap blake-stitched Italian oxfords I got from Tang's have been holding up well despite getting soaked a few times, so perhaps I worry too much.

    tacit: Just curious, where do you send your shoes for topy?
     


  10. Engi

    Engi Senior member

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    I suggest you to order the shoes with double leather sole at least (or directly with rubber sole).

    Ciao

    Engi
     


  11. RDiaz

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    My Meermin cap toe oxfords have been worn quite frequently and the toe part of the sole looked like it was wearing out too fast; but once it reached a certain degree of wear, it didn't go any further. They are holding up really well.
     


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    Time to Topy and fix the problem and slippage when wet.
     


  13. RDiaz

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    I usually don't put topys on my shoes... besides the toe wear, which isn't progressing any further, the soles are holding up well. But they are definitely slippery when whet, I've already hit the ground twice [​IMG]

    In any case, I might consider toe taps.
     


  14. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    This is like most leather soles i've experienced- they look like they're wearing out quickly from the first wearing but it's just the varnish finish being broken and they actually last quite long.

    That said, there are leather soles and then there are leather soles, and as much as I hate to perpetuate marketing and groupthink I have found my rendenbach soles to be significantly more durable than my other soles (the tannery of origin I don't know).
     


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    Personal experience is not a perpetuation of marketing and groupthink if indeed you have, based on your observations, noticed a difference.
     


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