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post #16 of 23
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How deep were the discounts, EL72? There's a little mens' store in Victoria, British Importers, that recently advertised a 40-50% off sale of discontinued shoes including AEs. I was out of town for the weekend, and would have put good money that they'd have nothing interesting, but it's still good to know that Canadian retailers might not be completely unreasonable.

Where is British Importers in Victoria? What types of shoes do they have? On my last few days of work I scoured men's shops, shoe shops, the dreadful Wilsons on Government, Hughes on Yates and the place next to it. I couldn't find any English shoes for men and no one thought they could be found anywhere on the island. If you ever need anything from the States, I could probably order it for you and have it sent up on the Clipper. No duty, just pick it up at the reservations desk in Victoria (God, I hope your not a Customs Agent) as long as it's not over $200.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by hossoso
Where is British Importers in Victoria? What types of shoes do they have? On my last few days of work I scoured men's shops, shoe shops, the dreadful Wilsons on Government, Hughes on Yates and the place next to it.
By Harris Green up on Yates. I was just figuring out the forum last time I was in there, so all I remember is Boss and AE, and not much of either. While you're in there, get on their mailing list for seasonal sales (you'll also get a brochure once per season and coupons occasionally). Ingledews in Hillside Mall also carries a few AEs, although mostly they bring stuff in from their Vancouver flagship on request, they'll also order stuff direct from AE with a $25 deposit. They sell Park Avenues for CA$410+tax (that's like US$410 for anyone wondering why I'd go through the trouble of getting them shipped). The place besides Hughes is Outlooks, which is my favourite MC store in the city (if I must shop in the city), although they don't carry much in the way of shoes.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by hossoso
Where is British Importers in Victoria? What types of shoes do they have? On my last few days of work I scoured men's shops, shoe shops, the dreadful Wilsons on Government, Hughes on Yates and the place next to it. I couldn't find any English shoes for men and no one thought they could be found anywhere on the island. If you ever need anything from the States, I could probably order it for you and have it sent up on the Clipper. No duty, just pick it up at the reservations desk in Victoria (God, I hope your not a Customs Agent) as long as it's not over $200.

You gents may be interested in another men's shop in Victoria - Kane Straith Clothing in St. Andrew's Place between Yates and View St. He carries a selection of Brioni and Zanella and a lesser known make from Naples (I think some kind of Isaia spin-off). Lots of accessories including dolcepunta ties bresciani socks and zimmerli under-clothes. He has an mtm program with omega bespoke out of Toronto and carries all the well known fabric books. Shirt mtm includes the spectacular D&J Anderson line from Thomas Mason/Albini.

Kane is also the only source for good shoes here - he does special orders for Alden and Crockett & Jones and typically does a trunk show once a year to see the shoe ranges and get properly fitted. Prices are high.

Don't be too harsh on WJ Wilsons - I buy all my pantherella socks, Johnston's of Elgin cashmere sweaters and scarves, Derek Rose pj's and they also carry Gloverall coats. It is a staggeringly stodgy place, but it is a great local source for essentials.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Jared
By Harris Green up on Yates. I was just figuring out the forum last time I was in there, so all I remember is Boss and AE, and not much of either. While you're in there, get on their mailing list for seasonal sales (you'll also get a brochure once per season and coupons occasionally).

Ingledews in Hillside Mall also carries a few AEs, although mostly they bring stuff in from their Vancouver flagship on request, they'll also order stuff direct from AE with a $25 deposit. They sell Park Avenues for CA$410+tax (that's like US$410 for anyone wondering why I'd go through the trouble of getting them shipped).

The place besides Hughes is Outlooks, which is my favourite MC store in the city (if I must shop in the city), although they don't carry much in the way of shoes.

I don't like British Importers - all the guys in there dress ridiculously. They do sell Canali at inflated prices if you like that cut.

I'm not a big fan of Outlooks either, although I have bought earnest sewn jeans there. Hughes is an odd shop too although they had some interesting Paul Smith cufflinks.
post #20 of 23
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I didn't realise there was no duty on AEs! borderfree, as mentioned by gj, is what ShoeBuy uses to ship to Canada, and they wanted to apply 18% or whatever the non-NAFTA duty for shoes is - could I have applied to the CBSA for a refund? Both STP and gvh use couriers. Are there any sites you frequent, Roger, or just eBay sellers who use USPS?
post #21 of 23
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The shoes arrived today! Paid tax but no customs. Thank you so much, LA Guy, you're the greatest! Everyone: if LA Guy ever becomes Vancouver Guy or Toronto Guy or whatever, please help him out, for me?
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Jared
The shoes arrived today! Paid tax but no customs. Thank you so much, LA Guy, you're the greatest!

Everyone: if LA Guy ever becomes Vancouver Guy or Toronto Guy or whatever, please help him out, for me?

Good to hear. How did you know what size you were when you ordered them? The Holts here has all the ugly looking AEs, and is charging $450 and up for them.

LA Guy is Boston Guy now... but from what I read, he use to be Ontario Guy.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bandwagonesque
Good to hear. How did you know what size you were when you ordered them? The Holts here has all the ugly looking AEs, and is charging $450 and up for them.
From AE's last table: the longest and narrowest last is #5, the widest lasts are #2 and #3, and the shortest last is #4. So I figured out my size in all AEs by trying on one of each of those and a couple of middle-range lasts for comparison. In this case I also was lucky enough to try on a monkstrap in the same last. Plus, I have a little more flexibility than most. Finally, the price difference is big enough that it's worth taking a risk, especially if you're getting a model/size that never shows up on eBay so you'll be able to resell them without a huge loss.
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