I've been intrigued for some time by the line of shoes offered by Meermin and I noticed that you have a pair of double monk strap boots from Meermin. Can you let me know how those boots are working out for you and whether you would consider ordering another pair of shoes from Meermin. Mahalo.

Hello, 

Were you considering the Linae Mastro or classic line? My MTO double monk wingtip boots are holding up well; no issue with build quality and the Hiro last is one of my favorites for both look and comfort. However the Argentinian shell cordovan is underwhelming to say the least; It doesn’t shine up as well as Horween and is much more susceptible to water marks/drops than the higher priced American made shell. 

Overall, I think Meermin is a good value just make sure to research to know what what youre getting into. bloodonthemotorway had a great write-up of what to expect from the classic line: 

If you want a nice shoe for cheap, then Meermin makes a nice black calf ptb at $200ish shipped and a little to Fedex / UPS, along with wait time of 30 days to a few months. Goodyear welted in China, rubber sole already so no need for a topy. People seem to complain quite a bit about quality issues but honestly in most cases it’s minor issues that super picky people can’t stand. Nothing beats Meermin value imo.

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Shell Cordovan on the cheap. New shell shoes typically start at $500+ making it cost prohibitive to own more than a couple of pairs. However, check ebay for companies like Stuart McGuire and E.T. Wright - both out of business now - for cheap shell deals. Each pair is in excellent used condition and cost less than $100/pair.

Great advice. i would add Nettleton, Hanover and of course Florsheim to the list.

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Shell Cordovan on the cheap. New shell shoes typically start at $500+ making it cost prohibitive to own more than a couple of pairs. However, check ebay for companies like Stuart McGuire and E.T. Wright - both out of business now - for cheap shell deals. Each pair is in excellent used condition and cost less than $100/pair.

hi there, I was in Crockett and Jones' shop and saw the scotch grain boot called the Islay but then saw the Cordovan Skye 2. Is Cordovan a better investment? Which would you go for? - from a boot novice

You can’t go wrong shell cordovan on a casual style. I saw the Skye 2 in person and what an incredible boot; the burgundy is rich in redish tones and supple unlike some other C&J offering (i.e. C&J for Ralph Lauren). Shell+wingtip boot = ideal combination

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