No doubt about that. And while I may not have a crazy collection (I have somewhere around 30 different pairs, nothing compared to most sneakerheads) I still appreciate a great sneaker, or boot, or dress shoe. (Don't even get me started on my shoe fetish...I love a woman in spiked heels or boots.......)
What is it that makes a shoe stand out to me? What is it that gives it that "got to cop that" mystique?
It's pretty much a tenet of design. ( I can only assume...)
At the end of the day, that's all that really matters. That's why Bapestas and Air Force 1s exist on a level field. It's the shape of the shoe. If a shoe looks good, it doesn't matter how much it costs. If the shape stands out to you, then it's a good looking shoe. Anything else, like luxe materials, limited runs or top tier branding is just gravy. The basics of a shoe are the important thing. That's why the Chuck Taylor Converse have had such an impact on popular culture, and so many shoes are made in their image. That's why wing tips are found in office's, at weddings, in casino's and courtrooms.
Here is my favourite original and similar (or blatant) silhouette.
Nike Air Jordan 3
JB Classic Scarface
Some more favourite "Silhouettes"
Red Wing RW1
Nike Sportswear Air Yeezy
Air Max 90
Air Max 95
Adidas Superstar (Shelltoes)
Nike SB P-Rod 2
When I see you...