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Meermin Mallorca Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by asturiano, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    It's obvious? Pardon me mate
     
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  3. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I'll just state without further adding to your woes that here in Australia we are very lucky with that stuff.

    No duty or GST under $1000 is payable. Over $1000 it's 10% GST and 5% duty.
     
  4. UnnamedPlayer

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    Ironically, if the item is made in America there is no duty to pay.
     
  5. p.henrik

    p.henrik Senior member

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    No news on the hatch grain MTO yet? Been offline for a few weeks, but don't sem to have missed out on it, like I feared.

    I'm thinking of doing a shell boot MTO, Pepe tells me price would be EUR400 incl VAT (presumably without shipping) if we can do min 6 pairs. Anyone keen on doing a group MTO? My initial thoughts are medium height balmoral quarter brogue in olfe last, rubber sole, but I'm open to suggestions. Thoughts?
     
  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Where do you find a better valued/construction shoes instead of Meermin LM (less than $450 w/o trees)? Vass is the only other option at ~$200 more but they do have a harder time in making things consistently. Saint Crispins are nice but its $1500+. The cheapest bespoke maker I've talked to starts at $800.

    Carmina/C&J are way overpriced their mediocre quality besides the fact that they are GY welted. G&G RTW has been cutting corners since going mass market and AS is just disappointing. JL and EG are top notch but JL skimps on material as well. EG is best of the GY welted pack but their customer service is meh.

    Don't get me wrong, Meermin LM saves on some materials as well (specifically cost cutting at the JL level, a notch below EG), but guys like Carmina and C&J cuts much much more...

    Vass is good. Saint Crispins is good (aside from the machine stitched soles).
     
  7. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    Yes, but shipping, especially returns, is a biatch royale.

    Still, you dont see me going on and on and on and on and on about that.
     
  8. henrikc

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    We're not so lucky in Norway.
    25% sales tax (and possibly 10% customs tax) for everything valued at more than $35. Also a $20 flat fee (for everything >$35).

    Shoes are not subject to customs tax, but clothes are. Did I mention that you also pay tax on the shipping costs?

    But even with the taxes Meermin still provides great value compared to the chain stores. For a ~50% increase in total costs I can go from a pretty crappy pair of generic leather shoes to a pair from the classic collection.
     
  9. Henry Carter

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    True but that's the risks of buying stuff off the internet that requires trying on. Been burned a few times with that myself.

    That all sounds pretty ridiculous and answers why a SF member from Norway asked me if we had an address in the EU we ship from to avoid some of the taxes. Are they lower/non-existent when being shipped from another country within the EU?
     
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    Not that I'm aware of, but the rules are such that anything over the value of 200NOK (approx. $35) are subjected to VAT. However, if it is a gift the limit rises to 1000NOK ($171), probably explaining why Norwegians sometimes ask for the package to be marked as gift.
     
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  11. henrikc

    henrikc Senior member

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    Packages sent within the European Union are considered "domestic" and won't be taxed. Unfortunately Norway is not a part of the EU, just the EEC.
    However, we border with Sweden and they are members of the EU. It's possible to do a poste restante where you ship it to a post office in Sweden and pick it up yourself. Since you're leaving the country you can bring goods worth up to ~$500 (~$1000 if you've been out of the country for more than 24 hours) without paying any taxes.

    For those living relatively close to the border this can be combined with shopping, as meat, tobacco and alcohol is cheaper in Sweden, so the SF member you talked to might have considered going that route.
     
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  12. cbfn

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    I kid, I kid; this is correct as well.
     
  13. OzzyJones

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    You won't pay import duty but the Vat is payable at the rate of the country of purchase. (22% for Spain I believe)
    We all suffer in one way or another. I ordered a pair of Alden's and ended up cancelling as the 20% VAT and 8% duty was pushing the cost to almost $1000! (We get taxed on the shipping in the UK too)
    I do think Namor has been royally ripped off tho
     
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    For those lucky enough to live close enough to Sweden, poste restante is a good way of avoiding taxes.

    And yes, Henry Carter, it's quite ridiculous. The 200 NOK (35$) limit has not been altered since the 1970s I think.
     
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    sigh, you're hate of GY welting is getting old and has always been ridiculous.

    At the same price or even for $100 more, C&J all day over meermin.
     
  16. ScootManSam

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    Long time reader, first time poster. I just received my first order from Meermin yesterday and I thought I would post some pics. For my first order, I got the dark brown calf double monks and the dark brown suede chukka boots with rubber sole (you have to get two to get your moneys worth on the shipping). I couldn't be happier with the quality and overall experience of ordering. The quality is above AE and is much cheaper. The calf and suede feels better than both of my AEs and the lasts are much sleeker. I was a little worried about the sizing and emailed them to get their input. I normally wear a 10E in AEs and Luisa responded and told me I should go with size 9UK in both of these shoes. The fit is right on so they definitely know their sizing and how it compares to other brands. The customer service was also great. The day after I placed the order, I received the Paypal invoice from Sandro. I submitted payment and realized I used the wrong card. I emailed Sandro back and asked him to refund it so I could use a different card. He did this right away without any issue. The shipping was surprisingly fast. I placed the order last Tuesday night and they were delivered to my place in DC yesterday (Tuesday). Also, I somehow avoided any import duties/fees from FedEx. Idk if I just got lucky or what, but I'll take it.

    Definitely the first order of many to come.


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  18. chogall

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    Not just GY welting. Dissect your C&J and observe what's been used inside and compare to what's used inside Vass/St Crispins/bespoke shoes of various refinements. Heat formed stiffeners? Checked. Canvass lining? Checked. Thin insoles? Checked. Pick your own poison.

    Owned both Meermin LM & C&J Handgrade, I like Meermin better. And they costs about the same prior to the skyrocketing price increases of C&J for the past several years.

    p.s., Meermin LM insole is about 3.5-4mm thick, about 7 irons. Some bespoke makers goes as thick as 10 irons for insole...
     
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  19. Grytter

    Grytter Well-Known Member

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    Ty scottmansam great photos, the chukkas looks better than on their website
     
  20. OzzyJones

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    Nice!! Now get that room tidied!!
     

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