I know many people have very good experiences with Meindl. But in my mind this is regarding the "old" Meindl production series.... Maybe you are lucky with your new pair?
I'm not sure I understand your comments. I posted photos as well as some background on the type of boot and purchase that answers your questions. I am not discussing "Meindl" in the abstract, but a specific boot (Ortler) with a specific construction (one piece leather toe, double stitching, etc etc). I had to order specifically from factory because the leather boots I wanted were not sold in stores in The Netherlands. More common now are boots made with many pieces of artificial fabrics, both stitched and glued together. There are no glued seams on the Ortler that are weak points for failure. I do not think luck was involved. The soles are sufficiently stiff that there is almost no bend. I am walking on platforms, which is good for rough uneven terrain because they are very stable. This also has an effect on how I walk because the lack of flexibility means that I have to lift my feet, rather than bend at toe. I sort of walk flat-footed, bending at knee. All this means less wear and tear on the boot itself.
Add to this story the fact that hiking footwear is typically graded. Soles differ in their profile, their flexibility, the durability of the material. Soft flexible soles are OK for city walking. Upgrade for boots/shoes that are OK for well-defined trails .. less flexible, more durable, more support. Upgrade again for off-trail and rough terrain, with even stiffer soles, more profile, ankle support. Someone picks a grade too low for the Lefka Ori (or any hard limestone terrain) and the boots will be shredded in no time.
The new boots also 'fit like a glove'. I didn't need to break them in at all. This may have more to do with my own anatomy, and possibly my walking posture. I have almost never had problems with footwear, as long as they fit .. be it hiking boots of different grades, ski boots, whatever. I'm surprised by this, because my feet are wider than average, and I'd have expected some difficulties with footwear being too tight at the width. This sometimes is the case with shoes, but has never happened with ski/hiking boots.