Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
I presume, those shoes are a made-to-order job.
So Harrydog will have decided, when he placed the order several months ago, what style, size, leather etc. he wanted.
Normal practice for any firm, to have full payment before they hand over the goods. Those days, when you paid your tailor/shoemaker's bill
only at that point, when you placed the next order, are well and truly gone.