Actually, I came out ahead. I called up the customer service folks and told them I would be sending the shoes back because they were not as advertised on the website. They refunded the return shipping cost and sent me a $20 gift e-certificate for the foul-up.
And frankly, the anticipation and excitement was worth it. Even though it didn't pan out, I still had a lot of fun on this ride.
Maybe I should have ordered a pair. I buy enough from RL that a $20 gift certificate would be very handy.
tho I did not buy the EGs, I did by other shoes contemporaneously after getting the code from this entertaining thread. However, I returned them at the same time most of you returned yours and I just got my refund.