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post #2896 of 11611
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

This. I've been considering ordering a pair, but tacking on $75 worth of duty charges, plus filling out a bunch of customs forms... At some point, it's just not worth it.
There should be a sticky guide for ordering Meermins smile.gif

Table21, are you in canada? (i'm assuming that since you quoted a price in CAD the answer is yes)

anecdotal evidence I've picked up on the forum suggests that our Canadian brethren are subjected to higher import tariffs than those of us in the US. (would be happy to hear from any Canadians who would agree/disagree)

I can tell you I was hit with $55 for a shipment of two pairs, and it seems others had no charges, so I don't know if a sticky would be conclusive.
post #2897 of 11611
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Originally Posted by zazaza View Post

Table21, are you in canada? (i'm assuming that since you quoted a price in CAD the answer is yes)
anecdotal evidence I've picked up on the forum suggests that our Canadian brethren are subjected to higher import tariffs than those of us in the US. (would be happy to hear from any Canadians who would agree/disagree)
I can tell you I was hit with $55 for a shipment of two pairs, and it seems others had no charges, so I don't know if a sticky would be conclusive.

Yes, I believe you're correct.

I'm also from Canada and I paid $90 taxes & duty on some $300 Herring shoes and around $150 on a pair of $500 C&J Lowndes, directly from C&J.

The C&J shoes were delivered by FedEx and the Herrings from DHL.

However, the Carminas I ordered from The Armoury in HK were delivered without any taxes/duty.

Generally, I budget for around 25%, and if nothing is charged, it's a bonus.

Canadians pay a higher tariff on goods from the US and abroad, which is why an item in a store such as Home Depot will be more expensive in Canada than the exact same item at the same store in the US, And this is even when the Canadian $ is trading at above par with the $US, which it currently is.

I wasn't charged any duties from a few smaller items from the UK (wallets, belts), but they always charge for shoes from there, probably because of size/weight.
post #2898 of 11611
Just picked up a pair of black oxfords from the benchgrade collection. They are beautiful, high-quality shoes so far -- I'm glad I picked them up!
post #2899 of 11611
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post


This. I've been considering ordering a pair, but tacking on $75 worth of duty charges, plus filling out a bunch of customs forms... At some point, it's just not worth it.
There should be a sticky guide for ordering Meermins smile.gif

 

It's not $75.  I am billed 335.84 EUR ($437.81 at the time of order), custom was $43.94, FedEx advance fee is $6.5.

post #2900 of 11611

Just received my MTO.   Order placed 06/19/12.  Finished 9/28/12.  FedEx noticed on 10/5.  Submitted both LACEY and 5xxx forms on 10/8.  Package released 10/17.  Received today 10/19/12.  Total cost $488.25 of which $43.94 US Custom and $6.5 FedEx fees.  Specs in the following picture.

 

Initial impressions.  Ben last came *looking* much narrower than expected but fits well (US 10D/E, UK 9E C&J/JL, UK 9.5E EG UK 9.5F G&G).  Sole is not at all stiff as some have experienced.  Janus Calf Suede are soft to touch and wears a bit warm.  Flush metal toe tap is not perfectly flushed but acceptable.  Shoe trees do not fit as well compare to the generic JL and C&J trees for their respective brand shoes.  Construction looks solid but quality wise I think its comparable to C&J bench grade due to its visible imperfections.  Overall it feels and handles much better than AE, similar to C&J Benchgrade and Alden, but the refinement is slightly below C&J Handgrade.  Definitely a few notches below Vass/EG and definitely below JL/G&G.  Great value for its hand-welted construction, flexibility of its MTO program, and great service from Pepe.  Biggest complaint would be the lack of attention to the slightest details and the SHIPPING & HANDLING NIGHTMARE.  Some pictures to follow.

 

Top down view.  Visual imperfection #1 - cap toe mushrooming, as noticed on some other captoes in this thread; its usually not as visible on other shoes I have.  Visual imperfection #2 - parallel lines of the same width for the lacing holes; again, other high-end brands have width varying with the shape of the eyelet pieces.  Construction imperfection #1 - the threads that holds the eyelet pieces together are thin/filmsy silk threads instead of the usual beefy well waxed twisted cotton threads. 

 

 

Not so visible dimples from the insole feather.  I am not experienced enough in determining the thickness of the insole leather, maybe DWFII can tell better if he is still around.

 

Visual imperfection #3.  Stitching spacing visibly uneven along the adelaide eyelet pieces; note the bottom stitching has higher density than the top stitching.  And those teeth are not cut consistently.

 

Visual imperfection #4 - some burn mark at the contact of upper/sole welting.

 

Construction imperfection #2 - seems not hand welted tight enough and the welt finished was somewhat missing/incomplete around the waist area.

 

All in all, great value for the price.  Will break this pair in for a while to see how the last really fits and then place an order for NST in grained leather and beefy Norwegian welt!


Edited by chogall - 10/19/12 at 9:39pm
post #2901 of 11611

Last comparison.

 

JL 8000 9E vs Meermin Ben 9

 

JL 7000 9E vs Meermin Ben 9

 

EG 82 9.5E vs Meermin Ben 9

 

G&G GG06 9.5F vs Meermin Ben 9

 

Meermin Ben 9 vs. C&J 9.5E

post #2902 of 11611
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Originally Posted by usctrojans31 View Post

To the guys with more experience with Meermin, how is the general fit? I have the image of lasts but can anyone liken some of the narrower lasts to another maker?

Usually they are narrow fit.
post #2903 of 11611
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Last comparison.

 

JL 8000 9E vs Meermin Ben 9

 

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JL 7000 9E vs Meermin Ben 9

 

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EG 82 9.5E vs Meermin Ben 9

 

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G&G GG06 9.5F vs Meermin Ben 9

 

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Meermin Ben 9 vs. C&J 9.5E

 

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I am absolutely jelly of your shoe wardrobe :)

post #2904 of 11611

Just thought I'd add that Meermin have moved Tumblr to

 

http://meerminshoes.tumblr.com/

post #2905 of 11611
I'll do a comparison tomorrow of my Olfe and a few other brands, thanks Chogall.
post #2906 of 11611

For anyone who has ordered something from the Classic Collection at 160 Euros, what was the actual total cost to you in USD including shipping and any other charges for customs or whatever?  I understand that the 160 includes the VAT, so that once you subtract the VAT but add the shipping, it comes back to ~160 Euros which is ~$210.  Are there other additional costs for all these complicated deliveries you guys have talked about?

post #2907 of 11611
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

For anyone who has ordered something from the Classic Collection at 160 Euros, what was the actual total cost to you in USD including shipping and any other charges for customs or whatever?  I understand that the 160 includes the VAT, so that once you subtract the VAT but add the shipping, it comes back to ~160 Euros which is ~$210.  Are there other additional costs for all these complicated deliveries you guys have talked about?

With trees I got mine for $250 Australian Dollars; and the trees where approx. $40 AUD so you would be right. Can't speak for shipping probs because I had no problems at all :)

post #2908 of 11611

I keep going back and forth on whether or not to buy a pair. Those brown suede double monks are calling to me but the rather extreme wait times (I'm not very patient at all), unpredictable customs charges, and complicated shipping process are rather off-putting. Will have to think about this some more.

post #2909 of 11611
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Originally Posted by jasonleb1 View Post

I keep going back and forth on whether or not to buy a pair. Those brown suede double monks are calling to me but the rather extreme wait times (I'm not very patient at all), unpredictable customs charges, and complicated shipping process are rather off-putting. Will have to think about this some more.

I hear what you're saying, but it shouldn't stop you from ordering.
I've been happy with the shoes I've received from them (so far) and their customer service really is great. (once you get a hold of them)
Email them with what you're after and see what they say.

I feel like if you go into it figuring the arrival of your shoes will be about a month away, and include another $40-50 in fees then you'll have a somewhat realistic expectation set.
if they arrive sooner and without any fees attached chalk it up as a bonus and be extra happy about your new shoes.
post #2910 of 11611
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Originally Posted by jasonleb1 View Post

I keep going back and forth on whether or not to buy a pair. Those brown suede double monks are calling to me but the rather extreme wait times (I'm not very patient at all), unpredictable customs charges, and complicated shipping process are rather off-putting. Will have to think about this some more.

 

Do it.  You wont regret it.  And you will not get any instant gratification off the well known brands either way, such as EG, G&G, Vass, and Meermin.  Actually Meermin MTO's wait time is the shortest of all.

 

p.s., custom charge is rather predictable.

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