When looking to buy a nice pair of shoes, you will often find yourself spending more than 400€.
For some, it’s not an issue, but sometimes you want to spend your money elsewhere. I’ve been living in Helsinki for a year now, and between snow storms, rain showers and salt on the sidewalk, I don’t feel like spending that much on a pair of shoes that will most likely to get destroyed after one winter (or summer) under such conditions.
What if it was possible to find a classic pair of shoes, well finished, with a good quality leather?
At first, I was looking to buy a pair of oxfords from Loake, priced around 260€. Not too bad but still too much for this weather. Scarosso was in my mind until one of my friends told me to check this brand called Meermin Mallorca. Handmade in Spain, well priced and apparently good quality. I had to check it out.
I was reluctant at first, you know shoes made in Spain… I didn’t know Spain was renowned for their shoes. To me, Shoes are made in Britain, Italy or France.
I was wrong.
Spain has been producing shoes for a very long time. They have this craftsmanship that many brands envy and use to produce their own models.
This classic pair of Oxfords was a safe option. As they described them on their website “not too round, but not too elongated either”, exactly what I was looking for.
Delivery was fast as I choose the express shipping (extra +30€) and It came in a simple box with a shoe bag.
Price 160€ + 30€ express shipping to Finland.
At this price point, I was positively surprised by the quality of the shoes. The finishes are clean overall, and the leather is beautiful. When comparing to my pair of Loakes (2 times the price) the quality of the Meermin leather seems to be even better.
The design of this pair of Oxfords is exactly what I was looking for: timeless classic, Goodyear Welted. Simple but essential in your wardrobe.
NB: I made a mistake when ordering the shoes the first time (ordered the wrong size), and I had the return them. I didn’t like the fact that I had to pay for the shipping of the return (36€ shipping cost from Finland…).
The price-quality ratio makes Meermin a great chose for anyone who is looking to buy a classic pair of shoes at a great price point. Keep in mind the shipping can be pricey as well as the returns. For less than 200€ you get handmade shoes with maybe one of the best quality-price ratio on the market.
To conclude this review, I would definitely recommend Meermin Mallorca and buy another pair like these burgundy monks.
Will they survive winter? I’ll keep you updated in a few months.
Comment below if you own a pair of Meermin, I’d be great to know how you like them