Technically if you are restarting FFXI then it will still be in the free-trial period. You have to wait for a full billing cycle as far as I am aware.
No, this is not correct. If you re-activate an old FFXI account (you don't get the free trial period) and link with your Square Enix account (where your FFXIV is registered), then it will take about 1 day to process, and then the first new character made after that will have Hermes shoes. Also you can always delete your existing FFXIV character and create a new one, and you'll still get Hermes shoes.
I don't see any reason why you wouldn't get Hermes' Shoes by linking to a buddy pass account, but I've never done this or know anyone who has done it, so I don't know for sure Edited, Sep 27th 2010 9:55am by Cyiode