Originally Posted by razl
After lurking and digesting, I'm close to taking the plunge on a couple of Linea Maestro Meermins - the 10164
both on the New Rey last. fyi: I see that the Del Rey is fairly sleek, I happen to be a 10.5+ (my right foot is about 2/16 wider near my toes). Not having ever ordered shoes untried and from overseas, here's what I've gathered from the thread so far:
- Best way to get a good fit: trace my foot on paper and send a pic of it with measurement as a guide to Pepe for size recomendations.
- They're good about communication, and super helpful, but slower these days.
- Total cost for two pairs looks to be about $750 (250eur x 2 = 500eur / $780, -vat=$680, +$75 shipping=$750) with an extra $20-40 in duties depending.
- I should expect about 10days for them to arrive stateside barring a holdup with fedex.
That's my summary - are there any gotchas that I'm missing? I've also got two questions for the crowd:
- Does a burnished toe require MTO? I'm preferential to a little darkening on the nose of the 10172, but it's not a deal breaker.
- I'm preferential to the Linea Maestro for the higher quality leather and construction but am concerned the New Rey last isn't going to work for me. If it doesn't and I need to go to their Classic line for the Hiro or Olfe, is it really a big step down in quality? I'm concerned that at that point, it's not really worth it; maybe good shoes for the money, but possibly better saved towards something better?
Appreciate any input!
Your calculations seem to use gbp, no EU. 2 pairs is 500 EU...minus vat leaves you at 400 EU. Shipping is 35 euro for up to 2 pairs, so then you are at 435 EU shipped.
Based on current exchange rates, thats $535
Unless you are just building up your shoe collection, I don't think the classic line is worth it. good shoe, but more along the lines of a Loake 1880 or AE.
Btw, as far as i know, you can get any LM shoe on any last for the MTO upcharge.