Store #1. A nice young girl greeted me as I walked in and asked if she could help. I was wearing a pair of Merrill's clogs and I showed her and told her I really wanted something like these but not clogs. She told me that if I wanted comfortable, I'd need ,to stick to clogs. ??? Then I spied a pair of something interesting and I picked up the shoe and she said quickly "Oh, hon, we don't have that in the store."
I said "I'm confused. I'm in the store, I'm holding this shoe so clearly you have it in the store." She explained that was display only. I said well, can you tell me which of your display shoes you actually have so I can try on? "Oh, no, that would take way too long."
Off to Store #2. The only soul in the store was a young guy behind the counter. He did not even look up when I walked in. I wandered around looking at shoes and never heard a peep out of him. Two cute young chicks came in and he was all over them like white on rice.
Off to Nordstrom's. I waited more than 5 minutes for this guy to bring me out an idea of what he had that matched what I asked for. What he brought did not come close. After I dumped him, I looked around and found several that looked like they might have worked but apparently my guy thought otherwise.
So, this morning, I found 6 likely suspects in Zappos. I ordered them all. Zappos will happily pay for me to easily return the ones I don't want.
"Buy Local" is a great idea if Local wants to sell. If they don't, Zappos does.