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Toronto Shoe Stores: Allen Edmonds and the like: Where to go?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oneninetyseven, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Hi folks,

    My shoes are really showing their abuse and age (I've had to reglue the fronts of the outsoles 3 times in the last few months).

    In the suburbs north of Toronto, the selection is lacking. Every shoe store has what every other shoe store has - and not an Allen Edmonds in sight.

    Where would you suggest in Toronto or North York (the closer to Finch station the better, ha! I'm not feeling like trekking around too far, but I am open to all suggestions!) to find good quality shoes, on par with, one "level down from" and "one level up from" Allen Edmonds - including Allen Edmonds?

    Looking for a nice range of dress and casual - decent prices if possible, but I know we Canadians often get screwed in the price department.

    Thanks for your recommendations!

    Cheers
     
  2. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Allen-Edmonds: Harry Rosen's as well as Rigo in First Canadian Place
     
  3. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    How's the general selection at Harry's? It had crossed my mind, but I thought I read once that they don't have a whole lot to choose from. Someone correct me if I'm totally wrong!

    Never heard of Rigo. Thank you for the suggestions!

    Best Regards
     
  4. M4rtin

    M4rtin Active Member

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    I've been to Sherway and SQ1 Harry's to try on the Kenilworths.
    What I did was get on AE website and check the closest locations and then call them and ask for the specific shoe I was interested in and if they had sizes close to my size.
    The selection was very small, I think I only saw 3 different AE's, they said they only carry D sizing at Harry's.
     
  5. Ivon

    Ivon Senior member

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    Rego is a small menswear store on York St, north of King St W. They usually have the best local sale on AEs in Toronto (about $300ish from what I remember at sale time), reasonable selection, Rosen stocke some AE models, but you kinda have to order most models in from what I have seen. Your best bet for AEs is sadly online. Usually there are some really good deals on the Buy and Sell here, most of the sought after models will pop up, just have to be patient for your size or NIB if you not willing to wear second hand ones. Just keep looking.
     
  6. eyeofthetig3r

    eyeofthetig3r Active Member

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    The Harry Rosen on Bloor St seems to have the biggest selection of footwear for any HR. They carry AE as well
     
  7. Ivon

    Ivon Senior member

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    Rosen on Bloor St has the biggest shoe dept in Toronto, but most of the shoes blow chunks at fairly high prices. A whole lot of meh, there is a sale going on now and the shoes are for the most part awful. Other than the odd Ferragamo or Tods, the rest of the shoes are hell no.

    I forgot to mention Brooks Brothers, I think there is a sale on and their shoes are pretty decent. Toronto is not a good place for shoes, but if you look hard enough you can find most brands, albeit with a limited selection and high prices.

    AE. Rosen or Rego BB
    Alden no dealers I'm aware of apart from BB
    C&J no dealers
    Loake Walk on a Cloud
    JM Weston new this year to Rego
    G&G John Ferragamo the tailor, very expensive
    EG Robert Jones
    Carmina no dealers I know

    Rest of the city has the usual overpriced fashionista shoes. Hard to get the good brands at a good price. I wear Northampton shoes and have to get them online or sometimes get great deals off the B/S.
     
  8. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! And thank you, too eyeofthetig3r.

    Is Bloor St. where Harry Rosen's flagship store is?

    There's a Walking on A Cloud in the mall nearby to where I live. Never liked anything I saw there. I guess I'm after a well made but tough-enough (Vibram-style soled) plain, round-toed Oxford. No brouging, no extraneous stitching, not shiny. Just good looking, light enough, comfortable and tough.

    Thanks for the thorough list. I guess once you find a pair/make of shoes you like, get two of them, huh?

    Cheers
     
  9. Ebichuman

    Ebichuman Senior member

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    I was at Rego on Friday, inquiring about their MTM but I also took a quick look at the shoes. Their AE selection is good, possibly better that Harry's and their prices are lower. They say they can give customers the "online" price so as long as the loonie stays close to the buck, it is a good deal.
     
  10. DeadBoy

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    If you're looking to save cash and have a car and some patience, you could try Harry's outlet in Heartland Mississauga. There was a 25% off sale on AE when I was there a couple of weeks ago, bringing the price down to a bit less than what you'd pay online.
     
  11. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Nice - I might have to check them out some time, then. Good to see a brick and mortar store keeping up with online.

    Cheers
     
  12. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Well, I don't often find myself in Mississauga (nor Toronto, for that matter), but I'll bear than in mind. I didn't even know there was a Harry Rosen outlet. My girlfriend once pointed out some "outlet mall" she stopped at and said it was a waste of time with prices and selection no different than anywhere else...but maybe she went at a bad time.
     
  13. Ivon

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    Bloor St is the flagship Rosen store, think smaller Barneys. The Walking on a Cloud at Yonge and Richmond is the one with the Loakes, not sure about the other locations, manager there was a long time Dacks guy I believe.

    Woman at the Bloor St Rosen is really nice and helpful, too bad the shoes are meh. Best SAs on Bloor are the older gentlemen, especially the ones on the third, snarky twinks on the second floor though. Matches the brands sold on the floor I guess. Check out Nicolas on Cumberland, interesting stuff, Fratelli Rosseti shoes as well. I'd suggest browse eBay or the Buy and Sell firt for AE, they are a very common brand there and there will be deals to be had.
     
  14. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha...Actually, I have heard things about rude, tell-you-anything-to-sell-you-anything sales people at Harry Rosen before.

    Thanks for the rest of the suggestions.

    I have looked on eBay - but probably haven't taken enough time, yet. I have yet to check out Buy and Sell - but thanks for pointing it out.
     
  15. DeadBoy

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    Yeah, it's near Britannia and Mavis. Like any other outlet, some of the stuff is good, some horrible. There's usually a few pretty good deals (such as AE Strawfuts for $200 + 25% off last time I was there).
     
  16. Master-Classter

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    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.
     
  17. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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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
     
  18. Ebichuman

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    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.
     
  19. Firefox

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    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.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  20. othertravel

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    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).
     

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