Fine. You all win.
I just cannot find the Hugo BOss Cerber Brown UK7 online...... must be last season (or, last, last season... which is why they are in Australia) stock. Ended up emailing about 14 places or so, but none got back to me with UK 7 brown stock :(. Found a few places that *had* previously sold them for £149, including the Hugo Boss UK website..... but, now they have removed them from their website completely. If I could have got them at that price, I would have instantly.... but, alas, it became a choice of paying $540... or spending much less and buying shoes online that I hadn't tried on that were better quality. It was a hard choice, but.
Just purchased the Herring Chamberlain at http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=4596 . I figure that I tried on a bunch of shoes (mainly Loakes) that were too narrow.... so I went for the 7G, as opposed to the 7F.
The Chamberlain is not the best looking shoe I've found, but, it comes in the G fitting, my size was in stock, I found a promotional code for a free shoe tree* (or 10% off,* but I clearly chose shoe tree), and I *do* like the look of it a lot.
The price is alright at about $345.... but I would have preferred some Loakes at closer to $245.... but, such is life. These shoes are, apparently, a touch above Loake 1880 quality, come with shoe polish, bags, cloth and shoe trees.... and have a greater chance of fitting me... so it's worth the $100.
Hopefully all goes well, and I haven't merely wasted $60 on shipping charges.
*For the record, working as of today:
TWTREE for the £35 Cedar Shoe tree set
TWEET10 for 10% off shoes (presumably all shoes, but definitely Herring Premier line)...
I tried a handful of other free shoe tree / 15% coupons..... but they were the only two that I found that worked.