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RensBerg

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Hi, I recently received a pair of Rust Waxy Commander Chelsea boots in the mail, and to my disappointment one of the boots had a small but noticable gash on the leather.

Meermin support through email just gave me a copy and pasted response for a different boot, and suggested getting dubbin wax (a product not on the store with a broken link). A store employee that I spoke told me to get mink oil. So, I'm a bit confused.

As I'm unsure their advice is pertinent, would anyone have any suggestions on what to do and what to use to cover it up as best possible?
By now you will have probably figured it out by yourself, but like others already replied to you; you will experience some aggressive patina with these. I got the same as yours and here are some pictures I took. I really think the name "rust" is a good fit with these. Not only because of the color, but also because of how the patina progresses. Indoors in the shadow they are mostly 'boring' brown boots. But in the sun they really shine.
 

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Yes indeed
Please please, what are you impressions about fit? Customer support told me it fits wider than Hok. I need a bit of more space in the toe area versus Hok. Hok 7.5 UK fits perfect in length and heel area.
 

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Regarding the Hok/Rod sizing discussion: Rod insole will get thinner with wear, allowing for more volume, but in my experience it will never reach the Hok volume, it will always feel smaller.
For ex. I bought Rod boots in 8 UK and using another very thin insole it fits like Hok 7.5UK volume wise, but it is not perfect fit for me because it is still a bit longer and I like my heels locked in the shoes. Let's say it is OK, but not the boots I always reach out to when going out.

Another remark, the double city lug insole is deadly on wet slippery surfaces. The worst I had so far. Dainite are much more grippy compared to this.
 

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Regarding the Hok/Rod sizing discussion: Rod insole will get thinner with wear, allowing for more volume, but in my experience it will never reach the Hok volume, it will always feel smaller.
For ex. I bought Rod boots in 8 UK and using another very thin insole it fits like Hok 7.5UK volume wise, but it is not perfect fit for me because it is still a bit longer and I like my heels locked in the shoes. Let's say it is OK, but not the boots I always reach out to when going out.

Another remark, the double city lug insole is deadly on wet slippery surfaces. The worst I had so far. Dainite are much more grippy compared to this.
It's hard to say, as I've worn them for about 20 minutes. I don't want to jump to conclusions on the fit since I have so little experience with it, but I ordered the same size I wear for HOK.
The toe box may be a bit wider but considerably flatter
 

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It's hard to say, as I've worn them for about 20 minutes. I don't want to jump to conclusions on the fit since I have so little experience with it, but I ordered the same size I wear for HOK.
The toe box may be a bit wider but considerably flatter
Thank you. Please keep us posted.
 

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Thank you. Please keep us posted.
So far, I was able to wear these for a full day and I'm wearing them right now. Please keep in mind that my experience may be very different from yours as we most certainly don't have the same feet.
I have long and narrow flat feet, meaning I have a very low instep and kinda struggle to find boots that aren't too wide, but long enough. HOK and ROD are good lasts for me, especially ROD which I find a bit more snug, for HOK I use 3/4 insoles which help elevate my arch and therefore my instep, making the fit pretty spot on.
Now, regarding the Negon boots, I can confirm the fit seems much better for me, as the instep is lower, the boot is certainly wide but I don't particularly feel it's wider than HOK, except maybe at the toes where I have definitely enough room in terms of width. The toebox is however much more flat which leads to a snug fit around the toes, the heel is rather snug as well, which I appreciate. My ankles are also rather thin, meaning the quarters get pretty close in the shaft area. I have not yet decided whether I should put my 3/4 insoles in these, but I'm considering the option.
I also find that fit is very dependent of leather. I had HOK boots in Country calf which felt tighter than my kudu boots. These Negon are Saddle calf, which I believe won't stretch as much as kudu.
 

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Anyone know where I can find shoe trees that fit the hiro last?

I purchased some oxfords at the SoHo location but they are sold out everywhere
 

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Has anyone successfully used the 'notify me when available' function on Meermin's website?

My experience with some other brands/outlets has been that once a product is out of stock, it's gone and the 'notify me' function seems to serve only as a device for collecting email addresses. Not saying that's the case here.
 

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Has anyone successfully used the 'notify me when available' function on Meermin's website?

My experience with some other brands/outlets has been that once a product is out of stock, it's gone and the 'notify me' function seems to serve only as a device for collecting email addresses. Not saying that's the case here.
Yep it did work, though when I ordered it I actually received the wrong colour 😂
 

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Thanks! I've submitted it and will wait and see.
Just so you know, if you contact them about the availability, they might actually offer to make it for you, but it takes 2-3 months
 

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Hi all, looking for some sizing advice. Currently eyeing a pair of Meermin suede loafers on the RON last. For reference, I wear a US 9D in AE's 2042 last and a 9.5D in the 65 last. Would I be good with an 8UK?
 
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Dear Sirs,

Some of you have posted some pictures of your Meermin balmoral boots in brown lama calf, and theses shoes look absolutely gorgeous.
Apparently, the lama calf is also very supple and thus makes for comfortable shoes and boots. However, additional information on this leather is hard to find.
Therefore, I would like to ask you some questions about your experience with this material; it would be a great help to me if you could attempt to answer them.

- How water resistant is the lama calf leather? Does it require frequent application of shoe cream (or even wax) to stop water infiltration? Do you wear these boots in light or moderate rain? Or do you avoid wearing them under such conditions?

- How resistant is the leather to scuffing? Do you scuff the shoes easily, for instance on an office chair? Are the scuffs easy to brush/polish out or do they remain very visible?

- How resistant is the leather to nicks and cuts? I'm mainly asking this because I read that Enzo Bonafe won't do Norvegese stitching on lama calf since it is apparently not strong enough. Also, the review by "Jamais vulgaire" mentions that it is a "slightly fragile" leather without going into more detail.

- How matte or shiny is the leather naturally (just by brushing - without the application of a mirror shine)? Do you find the leather easy to pair with jeans and chinos or is it better paired with dress trousers?

The reason I'm asking all of this is because I'm contemplating to purchase a pair of derby boots in this material.
These boots are to be paired with jeans and chinos and will be worn for all kinds of business casual to casual purposes, from going to the office to walking on unpaved countryside roads.
With the help of your answers, I can decide whether lama calf is fit for this purpose or whether I'm better off choosing a sturdier leather (thinking of Tempesti Elbamatt in this case).

Thank you in advance for your answers.
 

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