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post #34426 of 86587
i wear an 8d in barrie, and i get the small woodlore trees. medium are too big.

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post #34427 of 86587
Returning to the topic of possible duty fees on Aldens shipped from the EU (Frans Boone) to the US by UPS: I did end up getting an invoice for duty and brokerage fees, though as far as I can tell this is in error (https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/375/~/duty-on-u.s.-made-goods-returning-to-the-u.s.). What's unfortunate is that I have now had to call and leave a message to discuss this with someone at UPS, which is a waste of my time.

It looks as if Frans Boone did not mark USA made goods on the invoice and actually has language saying that the items are of EU origin unless otherwise noted. So that is likely the problem. I suppose anyone ordering Aldens from them should emphasize that the invoice needs to be clearly marked: USA made goods.

Addendum: It looks as if there's also a form that's supposed to be filled out by the importer: http://forms.cbp.gov/pdf/CBP_Form_3311.pdf. Not sure if that means me, or if UPS might have filled this out (and I'm sure charged me $6.50 to do it, which may well be fair enough).
Edited by FrankCowperwood - 9/6/12 at 9:17am
post #34428 of 86587
$6.50 is worth it and I'm willing to pay. Did you get hit with a brokerage fee too and for how much? Im hesitant to buy from overseas because of the customs/brokerage fees. It's just a pain in the neck and unfortunate considering how strong the dollar is compared to euro
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$6.50 is worth it and I'm willing to pay. Did you get hit with a brokerage fee too and for how much? Im hesitant to buy from overseas because of the customs/brokerage fees. It's just a pain in the neck and unfortunate considering how strong the dollar is compared to euro


I had to pay $64 in brokerage fees on a pair of shells.

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

$6.50 is worth it and I'm willing to pay. Did you get hit with a brokerage fee too and for how much? Im hesitant to buy from overseas because of the customs/brokerage fees. It's just a pain in the neck and unfortunate considering how strong the dollar is compared to euro

Yes, the $6.50 is a fee, then duty was $61 or 8.5%. As far as I can tell this is an error, though understandable since the package wasn't properly marked. It is a little bit of a pain though, and I can understand why you would hesitate. Note that DHL has not charged fees, just UPS.
post #34431 of 86587
For FedEx?
post #34432 of 86587
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Just give a differing experience... I take a standard D-width in the Trubalance (I fill it out fully through the pinky toe) and a D-width Barrie is too narrow. I think the thing to note is that most people don't fully fill out the Trubalance.

Good point. Thanks. I do fill a trubalance pretty fully I think. I'll check again tonight.

Or maybe I should get to a store to try on some Barrie last. I just really want a pair of LWBs!
post #34433 of 86587
Boots were assessed at a value of $722. My experience with these things is limited to this one instance, but my guess is that the variation in totals will depend on how much of a brokerage fee a carrier charges and what the duty rate is for a given item. The duty rate is most likely different for different goods.

Still waiting for Linda from UPS to call me back... must have one person dealing with this. cloud.gif
post #34434 of 86587
What did you get? Frans Boone has sick make ups. The Ravello Indy on plaza last is great
post #34435 of 86587
Mine are the Grant last captoe parajumpers in #8. Really like the shape and the bright brass eyelets/speed hooks.
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Sorry for bad photos but trying to show the cracking between the welt and sole. Seems to happen on each pair of my Aldens. Anyone else experience this? Is this a defect and can it be fixed? (I know . . . . shoes need the method).
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does anybody know how to figure out what last BB shoes are on? specifically, straight captoe blucher, model 2161. the pair in question is marked 9.5D. i'm a 9.5D in alden barrie, but i don't know what that translates to in that particular BB model.

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the toe looks a bit pointed, does that suggest Hampton/Aberdeen more than Barrie?
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Good point. Thanks. I do fill a trubalance pretty fully I think. I'll check again tonight.
Or maybe I should get to a store to try on some Barrie last. I just really want a pair of LWBs!

Try them on later in the day after walking. My Barrie shoes fit well at 7am...poorly at 3pm.
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

does anybody know how to figure out what last BB shoes are on? specifically, straight captoe blucher, model 2161. the pair in question is marked 9.5D. i'm a 9.5D in alden barrie, but i don't know what that translates to in that particular BB model.
2zzqarr.jpg
2r2t2lh.jpg
the toe looks a bit pointed, does that suggest Hampton/Aberdeen more than Barrie?


The 2161 is on the Aberdeen:
http://www.aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=107&ParentID=94&PageID=&Action=

I wonder if this is a factory version or a BB version.

Typically, Alden for BB models do not have the same model numbers as factory models (I have many BB models). Furthermore, BB models typically don't have the two-part designation of B/D; rather, they would only list D. Interesting .....
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

does anybody know how to figure out what last BB shoes are on? specifically, straight captoe blucher, model 2161. the pair in question is marked 9.5D. i'm a 9.5D in alden barrie, but i don't know what that translates to in that particular BB model. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
2zzqarr.jpg
2r2t2lh.jpg
the toe looks a bit pointed, does that suggest Hampton/Aberdeen more than Barrie?

There has been discussion on here before that some of the BB shoes made by Alden are on non-standard lasts.
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