We chose the former.
If we gain more scale and are able to afford faster, bigger and more expensive hosting servers, we will. Them we'll have all the content we believe our users deserve, and more speed.
Look at the length, and width measurements given on the site, use that to compare with your current sneakers.
Edit: Forgot to mention this. Yes it has been covered, for Buttero, always size down.
Same. This type of performance profile is shown to to steers away quite a bit of web business. Would recommend just from a business perspective that be sped up (not just because I'm also annoyed by it.. but it has become axiomatic as best practice in web development for e-commerce that products, etc. display immediately. Just offering a friendly two cents. :)
True that, and point taken. I think you could have both...