One thing AE could do is let us post photos of our shoes on the respective pages. I know they let you do that on the review pages but those are kind of hidden and harder to find and let's be honest those pics on there are of people complaining about their shoes. Maybe some "in the wild" pics would really give a better idea of the true color and texture of the shoes. This wouldn't cost a lot to do. Maybe a "see theses in the wild" button would work.
100% agree. Could be simple enough to tie your personal pics to your user profile and then make those pics available in a specific customer section.