Thanks for the welcome.
On the pointy front, I know...
The shoes are an unfortunate side effect of 3 things.
1) Living in Perth, Australia - The square / pointy toe capital of the world. Followed closely by the rest of Australia.
2) All local retailers deciding that the aforementioned shoes should be worn by everyone, so they stock little else.
3) Having a typical aussie foot, a wide size 47 foot.
These shoes were the least pointy I could find sub $300.
I did see some really nice "handcrafted" shoes, but they said they only went to size 9, and were 4 times the price :-/
I would love to buy online, but not knowing what last I should get (as there are no local retailers) has put me off.
and you've got a good Aussie sense of humor ... I've been to Perth (lived in Brisbane for a year)... so you're the biggest, farthest away city in the world... understandable that pickens are slim in those parts mate! (btw... I really love your country..great times and memories Down Under) welcome as well.... and maybe you should just make a serious trip to Hong Kong... it's not THAT far. haha!