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post #16 of 22
hmmm, ok here's some ideas:

Yes, Harry's Bloor - Adam and Sarah (not 100% sure she's still there) are the SA's I usually work with. Harry's has a small selection of overpriced AE's, plus some Canali's, Ferregamo's, etc. So so selection but yeah, overpriced.
Holt's Bloor - actually not a bad selection (no AE though), but they have most of the bigger brands and of what's left anyway, there is a sale currently on. The staff there are full commission so don't expect any help unless you look like you're buying. PM me if you want to chat in more detail since I work there.

Brooks Brothers - as mentioned, they'll have their house brand (I believe made by Peale & Co), plus I think some Alden's, not sure on that one though.
While you're there, go across the street Eastward to the (RBC?) building and there's a menswear shop with a small but good range of stuff. forgot the shops name though.
Downstairs from BB's is Robert Jones who carry EG plus I think AE's too.
Lastly, if you're under size 8 or so, Brown's short man's world on Queen West does have some AE's and a few Italian brands like Maganni(?)

David's with various locations around town does have a mix... There's that shop at the NW corner of Bay/Bloor, might be Davids. Again, overpriced but there's something to look at.



Check Holt's and Harry's LAST CALL shops

or just pay $80 and buy a greyhound ticket to NYC....


hope that's a good start.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

Master-Classter,

 

Thanks for taking the time to reply! I appreciate knowing the names of people at Harry Rosen's.  I think I've only been there twice in my life; the first time, a much older gentleman was quite helpful - the second time, a much younger guy was quite brusque and unhelpful.  This was years ago, who knows who they were at this point.

 

I was about to say that I'd pass on Holt's since I'm pretty hard to fit for shoes (high instep, narrow ankles, toes that need room and feet that notice every rough edge, bump and seam)...but if I ever get a good idea in advance of what I'm after and think I might be passing by that way, I'll let you know.

 

Nay on the Brown's Short Man's stuff - I'm generally a size 9.

 

Thanks for the other suggestions, too!

 

I'm still not sure if I should head to the city - a big trip for me these days - buy a pair of two online if I know I can send them back - get something used on eBay or here to get an idea of the fit...or what...but whatever it is, I'll have to do it pretty soon.

 

I appreciate the thoughts from everyone in this thread - you guys are very helpful.

 

Best Regards

post #18 of 22
A quick update for those in need of AE's - Rego (in the Exchange Place/First Canadian) advertises AE's for $199. Don't know the details, there probably is a catch. If you know what the specific conditions of the offer are, chime in please. I'll try to stop by tomorrow to ask them about it as well.
post #19 of 22

Just to add my two cents to the topic, I bit the bullet and bought a pair of AE Park Avenues at the Harry Rosen in the Eaton's Centre (they had them for $375). I knew that I could get them cheaper online, but taking shipping and/or customs charges into account, I figured the difference wouldn't be substantial (or at least not enough to justify the effort). They also had a current promotion where they throw in a free pair of cedar shoe trees with every AE purchase. The trees are normally $40, which I think is pretty ridiculous, but it was still a nice addition. 

 

The Eaton's Centre location had an okay selection of AEs, although I suspect that the Rosen in Yorkville would probably be better.

 

That being said, I'll likely spend some time trying to find a better deal online or through another retailer for my next pair. I do have to (grugingly) admit that Harry's is pretty convenient.

post #20 of 22
Nothing wrong with Harry's. Next time you might want to check out their outlet store; you can find AEs for usually 175-299 (depends on the steepness of the discount).
post #21 of 22

Thanks for (yet another) recommendation othertravel. I've always wanted to check out the HR outlet, but I live on the opposite end of the city. From the sounds of it, the selection (and savings) can be hit or miss and I'd hate driving all the way out to leave empty handed 10 minutes later. However, if it meant saving $100 on a pair of shoes, it would definitely be worth it. Maybe I'll come up with an excuse to head over to Mississauga one of these weekends.

post #22 of 22
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Master-Classter,

Thanks for taking the time to reply! I appreciate knowing the names of people at Harry Rosen's.  I think I've only been there twice in my life; the first time, a much older gentleman was quite helpful - the second time, a much younger guy was quite brusque and unhelpful.  This was years ago, who knows who they were at this point.

I was about to say that I'd pass on Holt's since I'm pretty hard to fit for shoes (high instep, narrow ankles, toes that need room and feet that notice every rough edge, bump and seam)...but if I ever get a good idea in advance of what I'm after and think I might be passing by that way, I'll let you know.

Nay on the Brown's Short Man's stuff - I'm generally a size 9.

Thanks for the other suggestions, too!

I'm still not sure if I should head to the city - a big trip for me these days - buy a pair of two online if I know I can send them back - get something used on eBay or here to get an idea of the fit...or what...but whatever it is, I'll have to do it pretty soon.

I appreciate the thoughts from everyone in this thread - you guys are very helpful.

Best Regards

How far out of the city are you? If you're anywhere south of Newmarket you have no excuse. I moved from Thornhill bordering North York to Aurora two years ago and can still get downtown in half an hour, same with Yorkdale during non rush hour. That being said, this is unless of you don't drive of course.

I unfortunately am a size 14 so my plan of trying some AE's at Harry's Yorkdale didn't work out with what was apparently the sales manager assuming I would just buy them on the spot and try them on later. But, considering you have a pretty standard size it makes no sense to not go in and try a few pairs, and get a feel for the different lasts. I'd love to have the option of doing that.

You've probably picked up something by now, but there's one other store Leatherfoot in Yorkville that has some different selections. Definitely can't be on much of a budget with what they offer though.
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