Hi, my BF just received the Wolvhammer from 45thNorth from REI but they were too small in a 48 (toes hit end) so now he is thinking he should be looking at 49s in order to ensure he can fit winter socks. He also needs to keep the price below $175 (preferably no more than $150). He normally commutes Springfield to Crystal City before dawn so really needs something warm and waterproof and his summer shoes aren't cutting it this winter.

Any recommendations on brands and/or websites/stores that may have good prices? I know Lakes are great but are too expensive at retail prices. Also, a lot of brands don't carry shoes/boots that big.

Thank you!