Gdot, you're a FAIR WEATHER FRIEND if ever there was one! Actually, I don't hate DMs on others, just on me.
I agree with your advice on upgrading from AE. I think quality in shoes matters more than quantity, because in reality we all gravitate to a half dozen or so favorite shoes anyway. Sadly, I wish the folks in the UK would do MTM in my size of 13E. Occasionally, I've found some 13Ds that work, but those are pretty rare.