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My work is launching our new website shortly, and for the “About Us” section, we were asked to bring a selection of objects for a photograph representing our personalities. Not a true EDC shot since, well, I don’t carry wooden toy blocks around with me, but a fun opportunity to include some of my favorite #menswear things.
For those of you who’ve been asking how the shell cordovan on my Meermin longwings has been holding up, here you go—this is what they look like after an application of Saphir Renovateur and a few minutes of brushing.
Shoes: MeerminShoe Horn: Abbeyhorn, courtesy of Gentlemen’s FootwearBelt Buckle: Tiffany & Co., eBay (cool details here)Wallet: Chester MoxiPhone Skin: Valentine GoodsSunglasses: American Optical

My work is launching our new website shortly, and for the “About Us” section, we were asked to bring a selection of objects for a photograph representing our personalities. Not a true EDC shot since, well, I don’t carry wooden toy blocks around with me, but a fun opportunity to include some of my favorite #menswear things.

For those of you who’ve been asking how the shell cordovan on my Meermin longwings has been holding up, here you go—this is what they look like after an application of Saphir Renovateur and a few minutes of brushing.

Shoes: Meermin
Shoe Horn: Abbeyhorn, courtesy of Gentlemen’s Footwear
Belt Buckle: Tiffany & Co., eBay (cool details here)
Wallet: Chester Mox
iPhone Skin: Valentine Goods
Sunglasses: American Optical

how does meermin's sizing working for you, could you give your sizes in other brands as well as meermin

Asked by
Anonymous

Hi Anon,

I’m a pretty standard 8.5D—that’s the size I take on Allen Edmonds’ 5 last (Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand), and I fit into a Meermin 7.5 UK.

Ohhhh, best sub-$300 NON-tassel loafer

That’s what I get for queuing question answers late into the night.

Here’s the original question:

Best sub $300 non-tassle loafers? Under $200 would be ideal—really looking for the best value. Any thoughts on Mashburn non-italian loafers? Meermin?

To which I answered, the Allen Edmonds Grayson, which is

  1. A tassel loafer (doh!), but
  2. Still a great deal for $200 shipped.

For non-tassel loafers, I think Meermin’s Classic Collection loafers in Dark Brown Calf, Brown Suede, and Light Brown Calf are the best value at about $225 shipped to the US.

From the description, I expect Sid’s loafers are made by Rancourt in Maine. Nice shoes, but I’d personally pick the Meermins for $70 less.

For under $200, try eBay—you can use my shoe search here and filter for loafers in your size. I particularly like the Allen Edmonds Patriot in brown—for some reason, there seems to be a decent supply in good condition on the ‘Bay right now, so they’re going for pretty cheap. I think they’re the shoes in Kiyoshi’s Khaki’s post last week.

Many of you have been asking how the Meermins turned out, so here’s a few pics of them freshly unboxed.

I think I’d answer most of the questions I’m getting by giving details on my order. I asked for Meermin’s standard longwing brogue with a double sole and light brown shell cordovan for the uppers. Regarding sizing, I’m an US 8.5D, ordered a UK 7.5, and find the fit is snug and comfortable. I think there’s a negligible amount of slipping in the heel, but I honestly don’t notice it after walking around for a bit.

Although I initially asked for a different last, Pepe informed me that longwing brogues are only available on the Rui last (see a comparison of Meermin’s lasts). I was bummed when he told me about that limitation, since the Rui seemed a bit too stubby for what I wanted. However, as you can tell from the pictures, I found that’s it’s still quite sleek, more so than the Allen Edmonds 5 last (on which the Park Avenue and Strand are built), but still sturdy enough to be worthy of a longwing brogue, if that makes sense. I wanted a shoe that works just as well with jeans as it would with tailored trousers, and my Meermins perform admirably in that capacity. These shoes aren’t gunboats, but they’re not dainty, either. I’m quite satisfied with the Rui last, and I keep thinking it would be superb made up as a dress boot.

Perhaps that will be my next Meermin order.