Post # 1
I am at a complete dead end with finding Blue High Heel shoes in Toronto. I want an open toe pump or sandal, but there’s absolutely nothing in stores. I really don’t want to buy online because I find a lot of shoes to be very uncomfortable, but if I can’t find anything else in the next month or so, I’ll be forced to turn to online shoe shopping.
So, the question is has anyone ordered shoes from shoes.com and shipped them to Canada? How is shipping and duties? Also, what about returns/exchanges?
This is the pair that I am considering. Not my dream shoes, but at least I can wear them again after the wedding.
Post # 3
I feel your pain, I have had a hard time finding what I want in TO too….I had to opt to buy my shoes online from Piperlime.com. What they did was tack on the taxes, duty and shipping….I think that was around $30-35 in the end but then yiu dont have to go through the hassle at this end, they just arrive and thats that. To find out if shoes.com does that, mock “purchase” the shoes and fill everything out right up to where you pay for them…..you should get a better idea of costs…..good luck
Post # 4
Thanks for the idea of “mock purchase”. I tried it and it was very disheartening…
Duties & Taxes: 41.08
It’s ridiculous to pay 76$ for shipping and duties on a pair of shoes that costs 94$
So, I am back to suqare one 🙁
Post # 5
have you looked into BongoUS or a similar forwarder? I can’t necessarily recommend them, but I saw that myglassslipper uses them for international purchases. if you’re interested in it – i’d do some research
Post # 6
Have you tried Le Chateau? Thats where i got mine! They are a little pricer (about 100.00)
Post # 7
@elliestan: I read about BongoUS, but wasn’t really sure if it was worth it. We (canadians) get killed on taxes and duties when ordering from the States 🙁 I don’t know if BongoUS will be any cheaper. I’ll look into it a little more.
@Baileyh: I actually bought a pair of blue strappy sandals from Le Chateau, but they are not really Wedding-y enough. Everyone keeps telling me that they are a great pair of party shoes, but not wedding appropriate. Also, they are very high and although I am comfortable in high heels, I think they might be just a little too high even for me. I went to check the store out again last night and there were no blue shoes at all (I did find a wedding dress and a veil there, which was weird 🙂 but no blue shoes).
Post # 8
You might have a little more luck when the spring/summer lines start coming out. I’ve been keeping an eye out for any blue heels online (and will look this weekend too) but anything online tends to advertise blue, annnnnnnnnnd then it’s like “no, the picture is blue, but the shoe isactually black.” wtf?
Have you looked at the Nina line of shoes? (electra is really popular on the boards) they are pretty expensive (like $100 + per pair) and I am not 100% sure if they ship to Canada or not, but it might be worth a look.
Post # 9
@missmouse29: I did look at Nina shoes and they ship to Canada, but you are right, they are pretty expensive, but so pretty! They are my backup shoes if I can’t find anything else. I hate the idea of buying shoes without trying them on. I wear size 6-6.5, so I never know my true size.
Post # 10
@Imagelicious: ahh shucks!! well good luck!!! I wlil keep an eye out for you!
Post # 11
There shouldn’t be any duty on shoes if they are made in the USA. You will only be billed for HST for taxes. The trouble is that if it has to be processed by Canada Customs they still charge a hefty fee.
An easier and less expensive way to shop online from the USA is to use a cross border mail receiving business just over the border. As you are in Toronto, you are close enough to the border to make this worthwhile. You will not be charged Canadian taxes by the company you order the shoes from as your purchase is being shipped to a US address. You often also get free shipping within the US.
You register online with this mail receiving business, and give their address to the online store. You will get an email from the mail forwarding business when you receive a package. You zip down over the border and pick it up.
When you come back over the border, you definitely declare the purchase, but the border agents almost never ask you to go in and pay taxes. You honestly tell them you bought a pair of shoes. They can’t be bothered with collecting your $9 or $10 of taxes. Their priorities are immigration and drug issues.
I shop over the border all the time and am always honest when I come back. I have a Nexus pass, so I would never lie to avoid a few dollars taxes and risk losing the Nexus pass.
Here’s one I found that appears to be handy to Toronto:
You costs would then likely be the price of the shoes, and a minimal fee charged for the service- here in Vancouver it is $3 per item, plus the cost of a quick trip over the border.
Another advantage is that you can open up your package- try them on- and if you are not happy send them back on the spot.