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If you're referring to the color 8 boots, those are pure sex. I was on the fence between those and the cigar longwings. Frans Boone's makeups make other retailers look stodgy.
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.
As I'm reading the discussion about order from Frans in Europe given the customs/duty fees, I'm wondering if anyone has experience ordering from The Bureau, and whether this was an issue there too?
Ordered about 5 or 6 times from the Bureau.
They shipped FedEx. Never paid brokerage or duty.
I think their shipping includes customs clearance.
Shipments have been Trickers.
I just received the ravello indy from frans boone and wasn't charged customs, a surcharge, conversion fee, or anything else other than their flat shipping rate. Also received excellent service and would order from again.
Where is your cobbler and do they do metal toe taps? I work a few blocks from Alden SF.
personally i love the crepe sole. I don't have it in shell but if fb still had my size in the cigar boot it would have been a very tough choice on what to get.
hahaha if only the euro was that beat up, i think i would go into debt buying up all the shoes and clothes i could! Ended up paying 780US when everything was said and done and i didn't give any special instruction. and yes it was fedex. The boot itself is fantastic, the batch of ravello came out amazing. I will take pictures tomorrow in sunlight and indoors and put them up.
How long did you wait for the shoe? My Cigar PTB should be in the pipeline soon, we need PICS! The newer shell seems lighter per some picture here.
I have two models with crepe sole (AWW, and ravello LWB from Alden of Carmel). I personally like it a lot - it's incredibly comfortable to walk on and provides good traction in a wide range of conditions. But it makes the shoes look extremely "chunky". That's not a bad thing, but it's a very particular thing. Whether you like it or not depends on how you plan on using the shoes.