Good point, and taken.
I normally wouldn't spring for such expensive shoes, and I understand the pay-to-play mentality probably applies here, but I'm only comfortable spending this kind of money this one time because of some cash I received for Christmas... so I would really, really hope to save a couple hundred by ordering from somewhere else.. but if that's a very distasteful thing to do I understand.
Any other opinions?
Distasteful, yes. Financially sound, yes.
At the end of the day, do whatever makes sense for your budget. Better to be distasteful than broke.