I moved out here last March and I'm having a heck of a time finding places that sell my size of shoes which I can try on in person without ordering them. I guess Albertans just have bigger feet.
I live by 427 and Rathburn and don't really want to drive an hour, I might as well go on-line.
I'm looking for several pairs of shoes in a variety of styles in 13-3E to 13.5-4E with more casual ones thus far being much harder to find… unless I'm willing to wear some kind of VERY casual shoe like a hiking shoe.
Of course I can order lots of shoes online… and then pay shipping… and sometimes customs… and duty… and then return shipping… but that's not really what I want.
Even stores that carry brands which I know are available in my size pretty much all seem refuse to order anything so that I can try them on. Either they're not "full line dealers" and can't order the ones I want, or they have a policy against ordering uncommon sizes.
I will mention though I've been impressed by Harry Rosen, they're perfectly willing to bring in Allen Edmonds for me to try on, (with a refundable 25% deposit.) And AE does makes some great shoes… but that means waiting 4 to 6 weeks to try them on… and it kind of limits me to a more narrow selection of styles and the top of my price range.
To be clear, AEs are fine, but they don't exactly make everything I'm looking for. Besides, I don't really want to spend that much on all of my shoes, being 250lbs, duck footed, and both driving and walking (on concrete) quite a bit, I tend to go through shoes pretty quickly. When it's warmer I like to go for a 2-4km walk twice a day (not so good with leather soles.)
This month I'm really looking for some causal brown leather (top or full grain) loafers with a rubber sole. I have a pretty bad back injury and some days when it's really bad I don't want to have to tie my shoes, but if I can get out and walk a few kilometers it loosens it up nicely. On days like that leather soles aren't just uncomfortable they're unsafe, if my foot slips even an inch or two unexpectedly… well I'd liken the pain it to being stabbed. (Yes, I've been stabbed, twice.)
Most days though if my back is feeling good I'd be fine wearing leather soled lace ups and changing into a walking shoe for my walks.
I guess the other option besides Harry Rosen is Payless Shoes… I can buy all the $30 plastic shoes I want… YAY! no.
Ideas? I've heard there's Newbalance stores here, do they sell Dunhams?