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Meermin Mallorca Shoes

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

  1. globobock

    globobock Senior member

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    1. This is not the thread for this
    2. GYW without filler? You serious?
    3. Shoemakers: any bespoke shoemakers

    About HW - just curious. Are your Handwelted Vass using filler? Real question here. Never seen them cut up.

    And I guess, but will not put my Hands in fire for this - St. Crispin, Zonky et all shouldn't use filler.
     
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  2. Zapasman

    Zapasman Senior member

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    I understand you started this. All of the names you mentioned use cork sheet as a filler (at least Vass and SC) and Meermin cork paste. You did not mentioned any bespoke shoemaker yet.
     
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  3. mimo

    mimo Senior member

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    On gemmed GYW there isn't a holdfast. That's why there's gemming.

    On handwelted shoes, the holdfast is a simple slit; it doesn't make the insole any more or less prominent, or alter its thickness to accommodate the welt.

    The difference making the gap is the welt, by whichever means it's attached. As it's a strip running only around the outside, the thickness of that strip is essentially the gap between the outsole and insole. Filling it with something more accommodating than leather, usually cork, is standard practice for every welted shoe I've ever seen.

    So back to the point: whether or not Meermin use cork for their footbed is not really a controversial issue. It might be reasonable to suggest that they use a solid piece of cork instead of the "porridge", but it's not unusual, especially as their LM line are at mainstream Euro/US GW prices.
     
  4. Miserable

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    Hi gentlemen,

    I'm going to purchase a pair of Meermin Loafer in Last Ron. I checked quite a bit comments out online and most of them suggested to down half size for the loafer. My main concern here is about the width as my foot are pretty wide I think.

    Additionally, I have a pair of Carmina in Last Rain and they actually fit my foots quite good. There is not much extra space for the width but a bit heel slip.

    Will appreciate if anyone can provide some advises on what size I should go for the Meermin loafer. Thanks!
     
  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    First, let me say that I was asked to comment here...

    On GY, the gemming functions as a holdfast. In a technical sense, it is a holdfast because it "holds" the inseam "fast." In that sense, all a holdfast is, is an anchor point for the inseaming.

    On handwelted shoes, the the holdfast is not a slit but the material between the slit and the rebate (feather) or, less often, the edge of the insole. Again, the materials between the slit and the feather acts as an anchor to "hold fast" the inseam..

    Gemming is always proud of the plantar surface of the insole. This creates a considerable forepart cavity that must be filled.

    On handwelted work, the welt and upper are...ideally...drawn into the rebate cut into the insole (AKA the "feather"). And as a result, minimal or no cavity is created. So filling the forepart with cork is not automatically necessary. A thin piece of leather or felt will suffice. And even that is more to prevent "creaking" than to fill the gap.

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  6. Lucho

    Lucho New Member

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    Hi guys, this is my first post but I have been reading SF for quite some time. I just received my first Meermin purchase and I have very mixed reactions. The shoes are the classic cap toe in Elton last in OAK ANTIQUE CALF (101534), pictured below. Link. Below are my pictures and notes on my first impression. In regards to fit, I ordered a size 8UK, which fit really well. I usually wear size 9US in AE and 8US in TBNY.


    1) Color - I liked the color but they felt rather flat as compared to their picture. From the picture, I was expecting more of the glossy shine that you would expect from TBNY, Magnanni, or Suit Supply shoes.

    2) Cap toe burnish - minimal as compared to the picture. Not a bad thing. But notice how the Left shoe cap toe is slightly darker than the Right shoe. Not a deal breaker. Thoughts?

    3) Dark paint where the leather meets the sole - Not sure about the terminology for this detail but it adds some depth and it is all around on the Right shoe. However, as seen in the picture below the paint stops where the cap toe ends in the Left shoe (outer side of the shoe). I know the lighting in the pics is not great but trust me, I am not referring to a shadow effect.

    4) WHITE DOTS along the stitching running along the laces - First time that I encounter this and by far the most annoying quality control issue. The dots are on both sides of the Right and Left shoe. Clearly the white dots are what remains of the guide for the stitching. How did Meermin QC did not notice this! Any of you encountered this?

    Hope I didn't overwhelm you or break forum rules with the amount of pictures. Please let me know what you think of my observations and your suggestions for approaching Meermin about this. It's just disappointing to receive this level quality.

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  7. globobock

    globobock Senior member

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    Thx DFW!
    Yes, it was me asking DFW for his opinion because the back and forth was getting too far IMHO, so a clear expert opinion should enlighten all of us.
     
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  8. davidazio

    davidazio Senior member

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    I just bought a pair of loafers in the Ron last in my normal size UK9.5. I have what you could call wide feet and I find them quite tight in the toebox (surprisingly tighter than the Hiro last), so personally I would not size down. There is no heel slippage.

    Your best bet is to send Meermin measurements of your foot, they are usually quite good at answering customer e-mails.
     
  9. Win545

    Win545 Senior member

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    nice shoe! I think most of their shoes on the website (especially the recent collection with antique leather) have been polished to high gloss shine and maybe even use more photo editing function. Its normal to received your shoes without a shine but you can build your shine later. The uneven toe burnishing might look better if you apply dark brown or black wax to the toe. About the extra dark paint around the stitching and places near the welt, probably their bad finishing and QC. My carmina have some of that as well but should be able to polish out. Big point that came across my eyes is indeed that white dots, never encounter something like that before. Are those a hole or a thread or what? If you cant do something to get rid of it, I think you should contact them.
     
  10. Lucho

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    I actually liked that they did not come with that much shine or burnishing since I now have the opportunity to do that myself (if I keep them). Regarding the white dots, they re not holes or threads. The dots seem to be painted on the leather. I tried to rub them out with my bare thumb without much luck. I will send an email to Meermin over the weekend with my observations and also ask them how to remove these white dots.
     
  11. Thin White Duke

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    I'm tempted by these navy Chelsea's that are currently on offer but would be curious if anyone already has any Meermins in navy calf?
    Are they very versatile (subtle) or are they a flashy colour? What would you wear them with?
     
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  13. marvaments

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    nqtri Senior member

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    Gents, need some sizing advice here for Hiro last.

    My balmoral boots with hiro last fits great for 8 UK but when I tried on the monkstrap of the same last there was incredible slippage around the heels. There was still room even when I inserted my finger in.

    Should it be safe to go with 7,5 UK then?
     
  15. JakeBake

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    Hey guys! So I am a college student studying finance right now and was thinking about ordering a couple of meermin shoes for my summer internship. This would just be from their classic line. Is there anywhere on their site that shows if it's in stock? I just don't have months to wait for it to ship. Also can anyone suggest other good shoes in the same price range as their classic line?

    Thanks!
     
  16. mbaltazar

    mbaltazar Senior member

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    Very good looking! I've been wanting one of those for ages but haven't pulled the trigger so far.
     
  17. marvaments

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    I've had them for 3 years. Use them often for rainy days. Haven't polished since I got them.
     
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  18. JakeBake

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    bump
     
  19. palodelincak

    palodelincak Well-Known Member

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    I believe that if it's not in the stock then the size does not appear on the website. Happened to me twice. But write them an email to be sure...
     
  20. Meermin

    Meermin Senior member

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    Good morning Sirs, that´s correct, if you can´t find the size on our website then most probably we do not have stock, but it´s worth sending us an email because we might have a pair left.
     

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