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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

Is the free shoe tree thing any consolation, guys? :hide:

Yes! Its a very nice perspective that allows me to think I paid FMV for something I really wanted but overpaid for a commodity, or I thought I was getting some custom trees but only got the generic.

post #73967 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NYDRH View Post
 

Yes! Its a very nice perspective that allows me to think I paid FMV for something I really wanted but overpaid for a commodity, or I thought I was getting some custom trees but only got the generic.

I hear you. It's certainly good to try to save money, but one thing I've learned from kwhitelaw's perspective this week is that, in the end, it is really only money. Family and other intimate connections are what really counts. The money that we might get dinged for from these surcharges is not such a great magnitude; rather, it's more on the level of a few lattes here or there, or a couple extra bottles of saphir.

 

This may be influenced by the fact that I'm writing this in sweatpants and an old pair of uggs loafers (that I used to think were nice) while staying home for the day with my son, who is sick with strep throat and a cough. :)

post #73968 of 122416
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In my experience, UPS is the worst, followed closely by Fedex and then DHL.
UPS collects at delivery. Fedex and DHL will bill you.
Fedex and UPS brokerage costs are about the same at around $25-30 depending upon value of shipment.
DHL brokerage is around $12.
I've had way more shipments come through untaxed with DHL than the others.

I guess Ill find out any minute.  I did once pay 60euros to UPS to deliver a package a friend had sent me when I was in Europe that included a used phone and bottle of one-a-day vitamins.

post #73969 of 122416
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

I hear you. It's certainly good to try to save money, but one thing I've learned from kwhitelaw's perspective this week is that, in the end, it is really only money. Family and other intimate connections are what really counts. The money that we might get dinged for from these surcharges is not such a great magnitude; rather, it's more on the level of a few lattes here or there, or a couple extra bottles of saphir.

 

This may be influenced by the fact that I'm writing this in sweatpants and an old pair of uggs loafers (that I used to think were nice) while staying home for the day with my son, who is sick with strep throat and a cough. :)

I completely agree, I have had similar experiences in the all too recent past, and within reason I dont hold back on the things that I truly appreciate.  A recent wise sage from SD told me, better to pay a little extra for something you will wear alot more.  And I have a feeling this makeup will get a lot of use on my feet.

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I've been dinged with customs on stuff shipped via Express Mail too, but not for a long time.
USPS collects on delivery.

One thing to keep in mind for you guys ordering Alden from EU countries, those guys have had to pay their country's import duty/clearance costs in addition to their added shipping costs to receive the goods.
post #73971 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NYDRH View Post
 

I completely agree, I have had similar experiences in the all too recent past, and within reason I dont hold back on the things that I truly appreciate.  A recent wise sage from SD told me, better to pay a little extra for something you will wear alot more.  And I have a feeling this makeup will get a lot of use on my feet.

highly wearable without a doubt. the un-indy, un-split toe boot in king can be dressed up or down well. i find that it looks less pointy and more versatile than its #8 wingtip boot brother on the plaza, which seems to be a bit more pointy and dainty looking because of the ornamentation and curves of the wings. (I sometimes wish I had taken the barrie wt boot in 8 rather than the plaza).

 

i think we need to get on Kathy to create a frans boone-esque makeup in cigar and in ravello so we can cover the three important shell bases. not sure i'd want a whiskey model.

post #73972 of 122416
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

highly wearable without a doubt. the un-indy, un-split toe boot in king can be dressed up or down well. i find that it looks less pointy and more versatile than its #8 wingtip boot brother on the plaza, which seems to be a bit more pointy and dainty looking because of the ornamentation and curves of the wings. (I sometimes wish I had taken the barrie wt boot in 8 rather than the plaza).

i think we need to get on Kathy to create a frans boone-esque makeup in cigar and in ravello so we can cover the three important shell bases. not sure i'd want a whiskey model.
Ravello, please! Ok...and cigar.
post #73973 of 122416
Which one runs smaller?

9 Barrie in Shell or 9.5 5-Last in Calf (AE)

Trying to get sizing down for shell.
post #73974 of 122416
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

Which one runs smaller?

9 Barrie in Shell or 9.5 5-Last in Calf (AE)

Trying to get sizing down for shell.
I take the same size in the 5 last and Barrie. 5 last fits tighter. Much narrower.
post #73975 of 122416
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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

highly wearable without a doubt. the un-indy, un-split toe boot in king can be dressed up or down well. i find that it looks less pointy and more versatile than its #8 wingtip boot brother on the plaza, which seems to be a bit more pointy and dainty looking because of the ornamentation and curves of the wings. (I sometimes wish I had taken the barrie wt boot in 8 rather than the plaza).

 

i think we need to get on Kathy to create a frans boone-esque makeup in cigar and in ravello so we can cover the three important shell bases. not sure i'd want a whiskey model.

We are on the same wave length for sure, I have been searching for a cigar Indy (on any last) for too long, as I consider that my grail but MrDv's ravello pics have swayed me to consider either or(in reality both).

 

This will be my first Plaza and Im looking forward to it, been seesawing on the medallion plaza blucher but holding out for #8, I tried on the black version but I dont think I would get much use out of it.

 

I do think the Barrie lends itself nicely to wingtips, Im wearing my classic 975s right now but Im sure you would be wondering about the WT on plaza if you had it on the Barrie. Such is the way of the Alden

post #73976 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tigerpac View Post

I've tried them on and my best friend has a pair, they're amazing boots no doubt, I just feel like they're priced higher than similar quality boots.


Love to know the boots you are talking about love my viberg and would love to find something just as good but 200 cheaper please share
post #73977 of 122416
Well Whites are the closest. Finish is better on the vibergs but 200 plus difference in price. Whites have from what I've seen are considered more comfortable and a bit more heavy duty, but all that is subjective. That opinion comes from multiple testimony but obviously take it for what it's worth.

Also, I'd also take an Alden cordovan boot with the commando sole or Trickers cordovan with a Danite sole which are the same price as cxl vibergs.
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#8 jGilbert Tankers

 

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What's the difference between Brooks Brothers shell (made by Alden) and Alden shells?

Is it just the last? There are times when BB shells actually gets discounted by 30% but isn't it extremely rare for Alden shoes to be discounted by the same percentage?

I'm guessing resale value is different, but that is not a factor for people who want to keep the shoes though.
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