That's a lotta dimp.
There weren't any shoe trees or anything else in there? Where are you located?
Current waiting times seem to depend mostly on the requested model. My exchange pair still hasn't even been shipped yet (Ama wholecuts). Meermin got to know about the defect on December 19, my shoes arrived at their place on January 14.
So you can either be "lucky" and wait about 30 days or wait a while longer...
I imagine the costs would be a lot higher since you're not buying in quantity. Maybe Meermin will switch to Horween if enough customers request it.
bend over is about all that can be done. canoda is a terror with their import duties
Actually there is a trick. What we've done before, is go to the Fed Ex location and tell them we want to clear the item ourselves. Basically you ask for the shipment manifest, and make sure you have proof of payment, and you go to the local customs office and they clear it for you, thus no brokerage. I have done it before and I will get my father to do it tomorrow. I should be only paying the $52 dollars in taxes, not $137.
Right...forgot that..wow, this is hurting. Calculated it out and it will be just over $100. I should have just sent them to my cousin in Germany and saved a bit.