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Where can I get meermin shoes in Toronto? Or do I chance it online?
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I've now read this thread front to back. Picked up some great advice from you regulars (mebius, border, meditech82, irbe, etc.) in helping me enjoy my new hobby.

Thus far I've picked up a pair of BB Allen Edmond cap toes and a BB Rancourt moc.

Pics when I get home.
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You will enjoy the rancourts, they make great shoes.
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Meditech82 wrote: Where can I get meermin shoes in Toronto? Or do I chance it online?
You have to order online, unfortunately. Here's an email they sent me in response to a similar inquiry I had.
Dear Sir,

We can send our shoes to Canada,our shipping fee is 35€
also we deduce 21% VAT.
You can pay the shoes as your preference by Credit card,Bank transfer
or Paypal.
You can buy our shoes through our website,in this moment we do
not have any vendors in Toronto.
Sorry for the inconveniences.

Kind regards,

Meermin
Anyone have experience with Carmina vs Meermin quality? Assuming the former is superior and the ability to try them on at LF is a big positive to me. I would like for my next purchase to be a brown dress shoe with broguing, so I might go with a walnut AE Strand (perhaps from BB due to corp discount, but maybe Rego instead). Maybe I should be patient and get a brown oxford Carmina like this instead...

EDIT - These Loding Richelieus in Armagnac look nice as well.
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Fac1 wrote: You have to order online, unfortunately. Here's an email they sent me in response to a similar inquiry I had.



Anyone have experience with Carmina vs Meermin quality? Assuming the former is superior and the ability to try them on at LF is a big positive to me. I would like for my next purchase to be a brown dress shoe with broguing, so I might go with a walnut AE Strand (perhaps from BB due to corp discount, but maybe Rego instead). Maybe I should be patient and get a brown oxford Carmina like this instead...

EDIT - These Loding Richelieus in Armagnac look nice as well.
Appreciate it. I have the AE strand's in walnut and they're by far my favourite dress shoes. They always get compliments every time I wear them
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Fac1 wrote: You have to order online, unfortunately. Here's an email they sent me in response to a similar inquiry I had.



Anyone have experience with Carmina vs Meermin quality? Assuming the former is superior and the ability to try them on at LF is a big positive to me. I would like for my next purchase to be a brown dress shoe with broguing, so I might go with a walnut AE Strand (perhaps from BB due to corp discount, but maybe Rego instead). Maybe I should be patient and get a brown oxford Carmina like this instead...

EDIT - These Loding Richelieus in Armagnac look nice as well.
i have both.

my only advice is, IMO, you get what you pay for. although one is almost twice the price than the other, have had zero complaints about my carminas so far.

word of warning, simpson last isn't for everyone. it is SNUG.
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I have a pair of Lineas Maestro from Meermin and also 2 pairs of Carmina. The classic collection from Meermin is a lot cheaper but from what i've read the quality is a big step down from Lineas Maestro and seems to suffer from quite a bit of problems that wasn't caught during QC, although this was about a year or 2 ago when i was researching and buying from them. My pair took almost 2 months to arrive. It was also a bit of a pain trying to figure out what size to wear, dealt with Luisa and Sandro and they both recommended a different size for me. Sandro had agreed to write down the value for customs for me but when i received it, they didn't write down *****, so paid full duties for it. After a lot of back and forth they refunded a bit of the duties for me.
With the Carminas, bought them at LF and being able to try them on for size and just seeing how they look on me is a big plus. Personally, i like my Carmina's more than my Meermins, the construction and attention to detail seems to be better in the Carminas, but that's not to say the Meermins weren't good. You are paying more for Carmina
Regarding Loding, i went and bought 2 pairs from them when they first opened. I find the quality and everything overall to be a step down from Carmina. But then again, they are only $315 compared to over $500 for Carmina.
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I was looking into getting Meermin but there were some QC issues at the time reported by SF posters and Meermin ships with Fedex. So I decided not to go with Meermin. Went with Carmina eventually. I can't compare the quality of the two since I don't have meermin but I am pretty satisfied with Carmina.

By the way, has anyone bought shoes from Howard Yount? I think the shoes are made by Meermin.
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Never seen Meermin in person, but I have seen Carmina and I think they are well made. End of the day is the price difference "worth" (which is subjective) it to you. Its like comparing AE vs Alden. Alden is almost 2x as much as AE, but is it 2x better constructed? No, but never less it is better.
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Irbe wrote: Never seen Meermin in person, but I have seen Carmina and I think they are well made. End of the day is the price difference "worth" (which is subjective) it to you. Its like comparing AE vs Alden. Alden is almost 2x as much as AE, but is it 2x better constructed? No, but never less it is better.
I'm interested in replacing my Clarks with a better product that is a lil more dressy. Nothing wrong with my clarks of course, I wanted to AMOK but maybe I'll go with the malvern from AE
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What's a good brand of suede lace-up shoes (not boots or chukka style). I'm looking for something I can wear everyday with jeans. I'm looking for just plain suede, no fancy stitching or detailing (i.e. wingtips).
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holden wrote: What's a good brand of suede lace-up shoes (not boots or chukka style). I'm looking for something I can wear everyday with jeans. I'm looking for just plain suede, no fancy stitching or detailing (i.e. wingtips).
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Suede-Oxf ... &cgid=0522

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Suede-Blu ... &cgid=0522

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-Co.% ... &cgid=0522

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Classic-B ... &cgid=0522
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Love the snuff on those aldens
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Irbe wrote: Love the snuff on those aldens
Too bad they're not unlined. My wallet will be safe for now.
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Just picked up a pair of AE Strands at BB, but after closer inspection I'm wondering if I should return them or exchange them for a similar model without what appears to be a defect. Granted, I have a lot to learn about leather and so I am unaware if this sort of thing is normal and not warranting a trip back to BB.

There's a stripe-y sort of finish to the leather that looks like it has been stretched or something.

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Notice that the left shoe appears to be normal and without the stripe-like finish of the right shoe.

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What do you guys think? Return or not?

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