Meermin

Finest quality handmade shoes from Mallorca. Produced using traditional techniques by specialized craftsmen.

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That Time I Designed a Pair of Shoes

I designed a pair of shoes. Well, boots to be exact. Two years ago, I asked Meermin if they had any plans for shell cordovan wingtip boots, as I’ve wanted a pair for a while now. They said they didn’t, but that if I were up to the task, they’d let me design one.

Who could say no to that?

As it turns out, designing shoes is incredibly difficult. Even with a straightforward style such as this one, it can take a while to get the details right. The “wings” on a wingtip, for example, have to be executed with just the right angles and curves in order to look good, and the broguing has to be done with just the right size punches in order to suit the style of the shoes. It took Meermin and me about a year and half to design these – partly because we had to coordinate our schedules, and partly because it takes a while to get prototypes from the factory, which we would then use to make design changes.

Some things did go smoothly, however. I knew that I wanted a pair of smart casual boots – something I could wear with jeans or heavy wool trousers, and pair with anything from casual outerwear to tweed sport coats. Which meant, a lot of the details for the boot came naturally. Meermin’s Rui last, for example, was an obvious choice. It’s shapelier than what you’d find from Alden (thus, a bit “dressier”), but not so sleek that it looks out of place with jeans. The eyelets have visible, untreated brass rings, which give the boots a slightly more casual look than blind eyelets, and the soles are made from two stacked pieces of leather, so that they’d have the visual heft to support the ruggedness of shell cordovan. Being a long time boot wearer, I also knew that speed hooks and pull-tabs were necessary. Boots are worthless when they sit in the back of the closet, and that’s where they end up if they take too much time and effort to put on. 

I’ve worn these for about six months now, and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. The shell is from Japan, rather than Chicago’s Horween, but the material seems just as good as any of the other shell cordovan shoes I own. The only difference is that it has a slight mottling in its color – sort of like the antique finishes on John Lobb’s antique calf, but much more subtle. I think it gives the leather a really beautiful look.

This past week, Meermin put the design in their general catalog. Those are made from Argentine shell cordovan, which I unfortunately have no experience with. There were early reports of the color on Meermin’s Argentine shell lightening, but some people found the issue to go away once they applied leather conditioner. In any case, the price is about $430 once you deduct for VAT (European taxes). They’re not inexpensive, but they’re much more affordable than any other shell cordovan boots on the market (about half the price, depending on where you go). Like everything else I’ve seen from Meermin, these shoes hit just the right balance between price and quality, which is why I continue to think that the company offers some of the best value in footwear right now. 

(Note, although I designed these boots, I’m not getting any commission off their sale. I did receive a discount on my purchase, however).  

Introducing our shortwing full brogue derby boot in Dark brown Shell Cordovan.

Goodyear welted on the round & confortable RUI last & finished with double leather soles.

Featuring brass speed hooks & a wide fabric pull tab for an added confort.

Check them here, they will just be available for a limited time! ———> #101504 Dark brown Shell Cordovan

Introducing our exclusive new Linea Maestro belt range!

Made using the same Naturcalf & Reverse calf suede used in our Linea Maestro shoes, lined with natural vegetable tanned vaccheta, with no interlinings, made just of leather, in order to achieve a high quality & long lasting belt.

For this specific style we decided to finish it with a double leather strap & a beautiful italian made shiny nickel plated solid brass buckle.

Check the whole range here ————-> Belts

Our #101509 shortwing full brogue wingtip Oxford now also available in dark brown Rapello suede.

Goodyear welted on the Hiro last and finished with a double full rubber sole.

More details here: ——> Dark brown suede #101509

MTO Handwelted Chukka boot for Mr. JMH

Modified pattern, made in French brown Country calf, handwelted on the Hiro last & finished with a double rubber sole.

A great pair of boots for the rainy season!

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A new pair of shoes to the collection, the Meermin string loafer in the snuff rapello suede (101512). Sit back and enjoy these beautiful shoes.

Best,

Robin

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Introducing our spring chukka the #101468 in Navy & Maracca Suede

Made in soft rapello suede, goodyear welted on the Hiro last & finished with a single leather sole.

This is a great casual choice for the Spring!

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Our Linea Maestro #10164 made using Light brown Naturcalf, which is the top article of the renowned Tannerie d’Annonay, currently owned by the Hermès group.

This sophisticated 6 eyelet brogue is fully handlasted & handwelted on the sleek New Rey last. A thick leather insole and a full grain dark brown calf lining is what conform the interior. Finished with full leather stacked heels and a single leather sole, making this brogue is a very versatile & dressy choice.

We hope you like them as much as we do!

More details here: ——-> Light brown Naturcalf #10164

Introducing our #101507 full brogue shortwing derby in crust calf. 

Using crust calf means, that each pair is hand colured, finished and burnished to the final tone. This is a very labourious task but it is totally worth it! The result is a very rich, deep & interesting tone.

Note that, since the shoes are hand coloured/finished, each pair will be different, featuring its very own shade & character.

Now available online! Discover our Derby Collection ——> HERE