Halifax, I think you will really struggle to source decent second hand shoes - the generation of well dressed Australians have long since died out and their remains scavenged by Melbourne hipsters.
Your best bet is to order some loakes from Herrings. For 99% of people that's as far as you will need to go.
You are probably right - I simply feel like I won't learn much from that and learning over the internet has its pitfalls. I spoke to JM about this - shoes love seems to be either 0 km/hr or 100 km/hr.