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post #106 of 119
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New Jersey is about 5 hours away and you pay no tax on clothes/footwear. Considering how strong our dollar is now, it's worthwhile
This makes sense. Gas would be cheaper over the border too. I just waited until i had a trip planned and got some nice shoes in Portland, Oregon when i was doing a road trip last year. It's amazing how many people comment on them, Alden Longwings. Yep Canada does seem to be a hard place to get nice shoes.
post #107 of 119
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Their stock isnt great, but as the only EG stockist in Canada, I cant complain too much.

This is not true actually. If ever in Calgary, check out O'Connors. Not the one right downtown, but the one on 1st and 16ave SW. They carry a small selection of EG's for under 1k (about 5 or 6 different pairs). They also have a great selection of AE, Aldens and some others (Magnanni to name one). Their Alden pricing is good. Approx $400 and $600 for cordovans.
post #108 of 119
I know the good folks at Nomad Toronto said they were getting some Alden Longwings and Plain-Toe Bluchers in as well this month for spring/summer. I think a lot of people bought the Indy boot they offered as a trial this year, so they're probably going to order more Aldens. The service is pretty good even if the prices are a little higher than stateside.
post #109 of 119
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post
This is not true actually. If ever in Calgary, check out O'Connors. Not the one right downtown, but the one on 1st and 16ave SW. They carry a small selection of EG's for under 1k (about 5 or 6 different pairs). They also have a great selection of AE, Aldens and some others (Magnanni to name one). Their Alden pricing is good. Approx $400 and $600 for cordovans.

Oh no. I am based in Calgary. This is not good for my marriage or my bank account. But thank you.
post #110 of 119
I am heading there this weekend. Will try not to even look in the general direction of the E. Greens.

Oh, and don't ask why they don't carry Church's unless you want to open a can of whupass.
post #111 of 119
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I am heading there this weekend. Will try not to even look in the general direction of the E. Greens.

Oh, and don't ask why they don't carry Church's unless you want to open a can of whupass.


hahaha...I am also in canada....

Why do they not carry Church's?
post #112 of 119
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Anyone know a good shoe repair shop in Montreal?

There's been some discussion about the absence of a quality cobbler and Canada as well as mention of a capable cobbler and Saphir distributor. Having had the chance to get to know Laurent, i figured i would PSA his services as i'm sure it would be of interest to other members. He install sunk-in metal toe plate, does hand-stitching resoling exclusively with JR soles and any other work an experienced cobbler should be able to perform. Laurent mentioned that he had a website almost ready so until that is online, you can contact him at info.egide@yahoo.ca. For Montrealers, he comes downtown relatively often and he can do pick-up. He also speaks English and would be happy to serve customers in other cities through mail.

You can watch him resoling a shoe in the video below


Edited by kasper007 - 2/15/12 at 12:35pm
post #113 of 119
^ Without a doubt, the best cobbler in town. He's good peeps, a bit aloof at times, but it's all good. Can't see the video link...
post #114 of 119
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a bit aloof at times,

Please. He's French.
post #115 of 119
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Can't see the video link...

Voilà!

post #116 of 119
^ Thanks for that b-s!
post #117 of 119
This seems to be the newest thread I could find on that topic. Have there been any changes to availability? I was at the Eaton Centre Montreal last week and while some retailer at least carried Allen Edmonds and the like, none of them carried anything but D width. And they still were very expensive. Even in the "sales" section..

Does anybody know of any retailer that carries 3E in Montreal? AE is in my price range, sadly not EG etc.

And does anybody have experience with repair or rubber half sole attachment in the west island? There's a cobbler at Galerie des Sources and one at Plaza Pointe Claire for example. Does anybody know if they're any good? I don't fancy driving from off island to L'Atelier Egide (or even downtown) if I dont have to, but anything on the west island would work on the way to/from work.
post #118 of 119
Well seems I just had to try it out. Quoted price at des sources was $40 and a week. They had some name I never heard and a Vibram with a weird pattern (no 2337/Richard). No Topy brand. She would go check with their supplier though if you want something specific she said. They got a few tins of Saphir in RCMP riding boot color for example wink.gif

Plaza Pointe Claire quoted $35-40 in 2 days and they have Topy brand only.

I chose to go with the Plaza Cordonniere for a try (the European bakery a few shops across is just too great a magnet wink.gif). His wife wanted to make it a week but he remembered me and it was two days. See pics:






It's probably not visible from the pics but he does seem to have shaved/sanded off a bit of the sole but probably just so much as to not leave too many of the little gravel holes I walked into it. In the end I paid $34+tax which came out to $39 total. Obviously can't say anything about attachment issues. Haven't even walked in them for real just a bit inside, but they feel "normal" apart from the pattern I'll need to get used to. I don't know what kind of glue he uses (des sources uses Renia exclusively).
post #119 of 119
I think he's doing quite a decent job. I found some great looking Carmina double monk straps in brown suede for $20 at a thrift store. I forgot to take pics of the sole but it was worn to the stitching. Here are the uppers and the sole edge.





I had him attach a topy like I did for the two other shoes. I never asked him to but he also put on some edge dressing on his own to make them look better. I was planning to buy some edge dressing when getting them back but he had already done it. I think he enjoys working on a pair of nice dress shoes instead of the orthopedic shoes of the nearby seniors home residents. Here they are:



And the Topy:



Needless to say, I think you can't beat the convenience of his location on my way back from work and he does a good job for a price that's also within the acceptable price range.
Edited by tharkun - 10/13/15 at 6:55pm
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