Meermin Shell Group MTO

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JezeC, May 14, 2014.

  1. sleepyinsanfran

    sleepyinsanfran Senior member

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    I'm in if its a boot
    color: any, but would prefer cigar/ravello/burgundy/brown/ all but black
    in either a derby or balmoral lacing
    pattern - any, but would prefer a wingtip
    sole- any, but would prefer a storm welt and a half-lug sole, or a GY welt with a dainite sole
     


  2. Einride

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    If this MTO is still an option I am in for a boot in shell cordovan too... Preferably Balmoral...
     


  3. Einride

    Einride Member

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    What do you guys think about an Balmoral Boot with Norvegese Construction ? And two tones ? Like upper part Red/Grey/Green/Brown and lower part Black ?

    When Meermin still had the Balmoral in the online shop, it was as a GY1 Construction wich is the same as the classic line... If it will be a boot we should push on a GY2 or Norveges Construction... Just saying
     


  4. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Boot options sound pretty good as well, but I think we're missing a couple of guys in order to get 6.

    So far, there's seven people who is potentially interested in a derby, so I'm just trying to see if we can all agree on a style. But if there is enough guys for a shell boot, we can go that direction as well.
     
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  5. Einride

    Einride Member

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    I understand your point.

    But let's take into consideration...
    I am part of the Balmoral Boot MTO p.henrik sent to meermin on the 20 of februrary... And I am still waiting for the shoes hitting 14 /15 Weeks right now and the shoe still hasnt shipped. And no contact from meermin since february. So we are talking here about 4 to 5 months from command to delivery. In 4 to 5 Months it will be winter again in large parts of the northern hemisphere where I dare to locate most of the potentially interested folks. And in winter, I personally prefere to wear boots.
    Of course shells are a long time investment but mayby some guys here want a shoe for summer...
    Just a thought...
     


  6. aglose

    aglose Senior member

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    I would be in for a boot with a rubber (prefer danite or similar lug style) color doesn't matter, just something that will handle Colorado winter weather without breaking the bank.
     


  7. the_sartorialist

    the_sartorialist Senior member

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    I'll be down for a dark brown/cigar with Dainite rubber soles with an antique edge; PTB or LWB fine by me.
     


  8. aglose

    aglose Senior member

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    +1 For these options in a boot.
     


  9. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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  10. the_sartorialist

    the_sartorialist Senior member

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    I'm guessing something along similar lines, though I'd opt for a shade darker towards cigar.
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  11. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Alright guys

    We have 2-4 people who may be interested in either makeup. We need six to waive the MTO fee. From my understanding, the dover is simply a plain toe blucher but the leather is two pieces, rather than one. Both are very, very similar.

    Here is an example:

    http://leffot.com/alden-x-leffot-dover-color-8-shell-cordovan/


    MTO Options:

    Dover - Burgundy - Danite soles - Norwegian Welt - Olfe Last

    OR

    Dover - Cigar - Danite soles - Norwegian Welt - Olfe Last

    We agreed that danite sole is a great choice for this particular makeup due to its versatility. It handles most weather conditions fairly well, yet it is still sleek compared to the commando sole. For the members who want to wear shell during light rain, this can be used as a pair of beater shoes if people want to stash away their $800 exotic shell Aldens.

    Since there's an upcharge for the Nowegian welt (100 euros?). The total (vat exclucded) for the US folks is around $530.
     
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  12. blackadder

    blackadder Well-Known Member

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    I think I am out on the Norwegian welt, given the markup, since I don't have a specific interest in such a shoe.
     


  13. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    To be honest, although the Norweger was my idea, it's not worth it - the point of a Meermin shell MTO for me is getting a hand-welted shell shoe cheaper than anywhere else, but with the upcharge for that kind of welt, I might as well pay another 100 Euros for Vass and get better shell and arguably a better shoe, in half the time - and without waiting for a GMTO consensus.

    So, we've a bunch of different things going on here, with @JezeC the noble referee. Chukka boots then high boots then derbies in a "dover" two-piece style. If it helps, I'd be into any of them, even without a Norwegian welt: I'd like a double and/or Dainite sole, I'd take a high boot or chukka in any kind of brown, and any of the three in burgundy (cf. Horween #8, or brighter is no problem). Any weird shit in blue or green or ruby red is also worth considering, but I'll try to fit in with five other people either way!
     
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  14. blackadder

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    I fully agree with you. To my mind, a dainite soled Norwegian welted shell derby seems like some kind of heavy duty outdoor shoe, but I can't think that I would ever want to, for instance, go hill walking in a 400 EUR derby! That would make more sense as a boot, but even then it's too specialist for me.

    To make the GMTO work, we should make the shoe as widely appealing as possible. As you say the advantage of Meermin is its lowest price in class offer, so we should forgo expensive specialities that may not appeal to everyone and make the design of the shoe as inoffensive as possible. Conventional design with a standard last, in some kind of brown with the exact shade not mattering that much, and dainite or double leather sole being most appropriate.

    For me this would be my first shell shoe, and if it isn't for all others, perhaps at least a first shell derby. If not, I'm not sure what Meermin offers over what you guys already have. So it's not a problem that the design is not unusual, since for many of us this would be purchasing a staple that's expected to last a long time, not an addition to an already large wardrobe.

    Maybe my assumptions about other peoples' interest aren't valid, but those are just my thoughts.
     


  15. aglose

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    I was originally thinking a boot for the winter months in Colorado, but now that I think about it id be happy with a derby too. Whatever ends up getting ordered, and in my price range (everything quoted so far is about my price range) I'll be in so long as it's not atrocious (which it won't be, this is SF)
     


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