I really like these. As long as the leather looks well after 10 or 20 wearings I'd say you have a winnar! The leather looks a little 'tlat' right now but that should improve with wear and polish. I am currently dipping into the Meermin pool with a couple of pairs in Suede for casual wear. I don't know much about Meermin - do they make claims as to the tannage of the soles?