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post #23716 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

So much misinformation lately (not aimed at you CTYGGG).
1. Frans Boone is in Netherlands. VAT is 19% there. And to figure out what you'll pay less VAT, you don't take 19% off the top. Divide the vat included price by 1.19. (It's an exercise for the reader to determine how to do this for a 20% VAT.)
2. Frans Boone ships via UPS or Fedex outside of Benelux region. It says so right on their web page.
3. You shouldn't be having to pay any customs for made in USA goods entering the USA. You may or may not get hit with brokerage fees. Fedex charges $25. Don't know what UPS charges but it's probably similar. DHL is under $10 I think. And if you do happen to be buying UK or Italian made shoes, the customs rate should be around 9%.
Even if you get a shipment via global mail/usps, there's still a chance you could get hit with customs although it's unlikely.
And of course more than likely, you're also supposed to be sending in your state use tax.
Also there is some level of Fedex service which includes the brokerage. I know that the Bureau Belfast uses that level of service. Their shipping is expensive (30gbp I think) but I've never received a customs bills due to a package sent from them and I receive it within a couple days. Given how much Frans Boone is charging for shipping perhaps they're using that service. This is pure speculation on my part.

It depends on how the item is labeled on the customs form. I've paid as low as 4% but typically in the 16-20% range in terms of customs fees for shoes bought overseas. Of course, I've never paid a dime in customs fees on anything sent through EMS, though I realize that the possibility certainly exists.

Did not know that the customs fees do not apply to American-made goods re-entering the US. Has anyone ordering Aldens from overseas had to pay anyway? Either way, you have to trust that the vendor will mark the customs form correctly, which, IME, is far from a sure bet.
post #23717 of 122416
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Originally Posted by interlockingny View Post

LeatherSoul did make up in the Indy Boot on the Plaza last a little while back.

Awesome!!! I missed the pre-order but hopefully I can jump on a pair when they get them in icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif thanks for posting it
post #23718 of 122416
Would it be wrong to get the Indy in natty chrome excel and cigar shell? Those two boots plus a PTB and suede workboot would be my main rotation. I'm not sure if the two Indys would be too similar.
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I think the unlined Alden LHS for Brooks Brothers, in #8 shell cordovan, might be Alden's best shoe. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #23720 of 122416
Cigar LWB + slight embellishment for atmosphere.

263

Edit: Hmmmm, don't know how to post a larger version.
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Youre welcome sir.
post #23722 of 122416
YES.

Explain, please.
post #23723 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Edgein View Post

I sold some Alden color 8 loafers on *bay which the buyer wants to return.  He says they fit like 11.5 when they are marked 11 D.  Is it possible that shell could stretch 1/2 size?  If anyone is interested, PM me.  Thanks

The shell wouldn't have stretched. If the loafer is on the Aberdeen last (tassel or full strap) it'll fit true to size. However if the loafer is on the Van last (leisure hand sewn) it'll fit 1/4 to 1/2 bigger than what is marked in the shoe...imo.
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Let me try this again: Are chukkas acceptable as a dress shoe. With a suit? Or should one stick with a oxford type shoe? Any thoughts?

post #23725 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

I think the unlined Alden LHS for Brooks Brothers, in #8 shell cordovan, might be Alden's best shoe. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

this one is not oldmanish ilya? fwock it...
post #23726 of 122416
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Let me try this again: Are chukkas acceptable as a dress shoe. With a suit?


not in my book. muricans might have a diffrent pov, though.
post #23727 of 122416
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Originally Posted by P. Bateman View Post

Would it be wrong to get the Indy in natty chrome excel and cigar shell?

you're switching from vass u-last to indy boots? amazing.
post #23728 of 122416
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Let me try this again: Are chukkas acceptable as a dress shoe. With a suit? Or should one stick with a oxford type shoe? Any thoughts?

you're looking for a Yes/No answer to a question that is best answered with "it depends".

are you a banker in London? or a guy who wears a sack suit to the country club for dinner?
post #23729 of 122416
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post


you're looking for a Yes/No answer to a question that is best answered with "it depends".
are you a banker in London? or a guy who wears a sack suit to the country club for dinner?


No, not a banker. Mostly just khakis and sport coats - even for church and such. So chukkas would be suitable?

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I've never been to church but I think you'll be fine smile.gif
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