The $149.99 price has the words 'VIP Price' next to it. I'm guessing you need to create an account and be logged in to get that price. Did you create an account or use the express checkout that does not require you to create an account ?
There used to be an RWM store in NYC, but it closed earlier this year. It was meant to be reopening, but not sure if it has or not. Other than that I am not sure there is anything. I'm pretty sure that most folks in the US order their boots online from Australian sellers.
Getting a D, when you are at a minimum an E fitting sounds wrong to me.Why not go to a retailer and try on various sizes and widths ?http://dms.wolverineworldwide.com/SearchResults.aspx?locale=1033&country=US&store=WBOT&city=washington®ion=DC&attr=53
1.5mm of tread might just save the day, as it is 1.5mm of tread that the dress soles do not have.I have Red Wing GT boots that have the same type of sole. Vibram do lug half-soles with a similar commando tread that are 5.3mm, so even more tread to save the day, but less, err, dressy than the dress sole.
What you are seeing is the plastic toecap inside the leather.I wouldn't worry, have a look at some worn 1K boots and you will see it is very common for creases to develop in this area. Yours just have them sooner than others.
Half sole now or later - I personally don't think there is an advantage and where I grew up it was customary to wear the shoes for a while before taking them to the cobblers for Topys. Not sure if there is any science behind that, it was just what was done.
Vibram soles - If a cobbler stocks Vibram dress soles, they should be able to order anything from the Vibram catalogue. US catalogue is online - http://www.vibram.com/vibramrepair/cat_pdf/cat_US.pdf - ad the thickness...