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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I'm not a stickler for rules, but Indy boots in general are among Alden's most casual boots, so by definition an NST boot is dressier. NST boots could go with sportcoats and what not. Interesting I think the hand stitching on NST boots and shoes make them more casual, because they tend to give the boot a clunkier look.
On the earlier question on cigar PTB vs whiskey indy, the cigar PTB is much more versatile. However, I believe you are looking at the cigar PTB from Frans Boone - the crepe sole and gold eyelets on that boot make it a lot more casual than a standard cigar PTB.

Yes - a crepe sole makes a shoe waaaaaaaaaaaaay more casual.

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NST boots are also available on the Aberdeen (TSM) and Plaza (JGilbert).
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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post

I ordered the Ravello Indy's on the Plaza last that Frans Boone has and with the weak euro and vat deduction, they came out to be the same as buying the boots domestically (not that you could find them here).
Great service from Frans Boone and if you ask nicely, they will lower the value and you won't get hit with Customs fees.
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Shouldn't be any customs on US made goods entering the US.

That is good information to know about getting Frans Boone to lower the value. I've bought from Frans Boone a few times now, they always have some great makeups.

And ZippyH, you are right, there should be no customs on Alden shoes coming back into the U.S. However, Frans Boone ships to the U.S. via UPS and UPS is actually charging the receiver a "brokerage fee" for their service of bringing the item into the states from a foreign shipper based on its value regardless of where the product was originally produced.
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Maiden voyage on these. Really looking forward to these developing a good patina over time.

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Maiden voyage on these. Really looking forward to these developing a good patina over time.

Beautiful boots, enjoy them.

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Maiden voyage on these. Really looking forward to these developing a good patina over time.

Those are handsome.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Maiden voyage on these. Really looking forward to these developing a good patina over time.

What last are those on?
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Originally Posted by dsmivtr View Post

What last are those on?

Believe it or not, Barrie. 10D. Essentially the same size as my grant lasted cigar captoe boots in 10E.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Believe it or not, Barrie. 10D. Essentially the same size as my grant lasted cigar captoe boots in 10E.

That's what I was thinking. The toe box was not shaped like the Grant and the stock Grant boot has all eyelets (IIRC). Wear in good health!

Contemplating between the Leffot NST, Context NST, and Alden SF Indy for my #8 boot... Really like the Leffot's contrasting natural sole juxtapose the #8 shell. However, concerned this might just be a novelty and might not be practical because of the contrast.
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Believe it or not, Barrie. 10D. Essentially the same size as my grant lasted cigar captoe boots in 10E.

I have Barrie lasted shoes with (1) storm welt/double leather soles, (2) no storm welt/double leather soles, and (3) no storm welt/single leather soles. The latter two categories give off a much sleeker presentation.
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Frank, not sure if you have platinum or something else at the high end that may not have foreign transaction fees. What Amex typically does (and holds true for Gold cards, Blue, etc) and it is very suspect is that they subsume the fees into your exchange rate, so Amex's exchange rate is poor compared to some other cards that explicitly state that there are no foreign transaction fees, like Capital One Venture, Chase Sapphire Preferred, etc.
Amex and the other credit card companies were subject to a big antitrust case about this very issue, as they were screwing consumers. But I guess we should expect it.

That's interesting and sounds vaguely familiar. I checked Google for the conversion rate before I bought to get an idea of what the pricing was in $. On Tuesday it as around $1.238/EUR and the conversion on my Amex statement does work out to be right around there.

Definitely something to pay attention to when buying in other currencies.
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Maiden voyage on these. Really looking forward to these developing a good patina over time.

And the trousers would suggest you are dressing them up. Nice call, and nice boots. nod[1].gif
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Guys, now that I'll be receiving my first cordovan shoes soon (icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif), I'm wondering what I should order to go with it for the nearest future - I don't need anything apart from a brush and a cloth for the Mac method, no? I guess I would also need some reno after a while.

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Guys, now that I'll be receiving my first cordovan shoes soon (icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif), I'm wondering what I should order to go with it for the nearest future - I don't need anything apart from a brush and a cloth for the Mac method, no? I guess I would also need some reno after a while.

brush
cloth
at least one of the following:
Alden paste wax
Saphir Reno
Saphir Shell Cordovan Cream
Venetian Cream
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The Platinum AMEX does not charge a currency conversion fee.  This is a recent benefit as AMEX used to charge about 5% on top of the daily exchange rate.  Hence, I used my Mastercard when abroad which only charged a 3% currency conversion.  The Platinum and I assume Black AMEX only charge the daily or average exchange rate (something like that but the point being there's no surcharge or fees hidden in the exchange rate that I can tell).

 

I also recommend checking the market rate prior to using PayPal, credit card, etc.  And while we're on the topic, these currency conversion fees are chump change compared to what the money changers at the airport and tourist areas charge.  I've seen exchange rates listed at as much as a 16% premium to the market rate and they charge a flat fee service charge on top of that.  Avoid money changers whenever possible.  Compared to this, a 3% conversion fee on your credit card isn't bad.  You can also order foreign currency from your bank for a modest charge, but you have to do it in advance.  I've also had good luck using foreign ATM machines.  The cash is deducted from my US account, and the bank charges me about 3% for the conversion.

 

Best of luck.

 

 

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post


I have a pair of the #8 parajumper boots inbound right now, due to arrive tomorrow by UPS. Ordered these on Tuesday of this week. So that part of the transaction looks to be very satisfactory. I'll try to post about the condition on arrival.
I hope I guessed right about Grant last sizing. Otherwise, I may be able to tell you about returns as well. smile.gif
Pricing in $ wasn't too far off what Leffot just asked for a #8 special makeup boot.
Also, and you may already know all this, but I thought about using PayPal for the transaction and maybe I misread something, but it seems as if it wanted to convert at $1.2785 to the EUR. That seemed off to me, so I was brave and used a credit card through Frans Boone's site and I think I came out about 3% to the better. Make sure you don't use a card that charges a currency conversion fee, of course.

 

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Originally Posted by IRONHORSE View Post

Frank, would Amex be excluded from the currency conversion rate? How can I tell? I 'm glad I read this before doing Paypal.

 

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post


I did use Amex. Don't know if all their various cards are fee free, but one I have is.
Discover doesn't charge a fee as far as I know (if FB takes that). Some Visa/MC issues don't either. Probably best to Google or give the issuer a call.
A few percentage points more on a purchase of this amount is certainly unpleasant when it's also avoidable.

 

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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post


Frank, not sure if you have platinum or something else at the high end that may not have foreign transaction fees. What Amex typically does (and holds true for Gold cards, Blue, etc) and it is very suspect is that they subsume the fees into your exchange rate, so Amex's exchange rate is poor compared to some other cards that explicitly state that there are no foreign transaction fees, like Capital One Venture, Chase Sapphire Preferred, etc.
Amex and the other credit card companies were subject to a big antitrust case about this very issue, as they were screwing consumers. But I guess we should expect it.

 

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post


That's interesting and sounds vaguely familiar. I checked Google for the conversion rate before I bought to get an idea of what the pricing was in $. On Tuesday it as around $1.238/EUR and the conversion on my Amex statement does work out to be right around there.
Definitely something to pay attention to when buying in other currencies.
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