I mean...there is free shipping both ways. On top of that, I think that the AE site is actually the most honest of all the major shoe companies. To Boot New York? Antonio Maurizi? Those are the sites I would agree need some more realistic pictures. If I remember correctly, the thread covered this very issue not too long ago...and actually came to the opposite conclusion. I am with you that perhaps the main picture might look a bit photoshopped, however, the remaining profile, overhead, rear, and quarter shots are pretty accurate. Also, you can check out Zappos which has videos of pretty much all of AE's shoes.