I encounter this sometimes too. I know it shouldn't, but sometimes this discourages me from buying nice shoes, because, what's the point? Thankfully I get more compliments for my AE's, so that makes it all better and worthwhile. Added to the fact that I buy my shoes for me, of course.
PS. My dad just bought some Brown Sanford's in near pristine condition at the thrift/retail shop for... 30$!!
Nice find! I like the look of Sanfords indeed.
Yes, it's not going to detract me from buying AE and such. I realize women are much different shoppers than men, especially those on this forum. They are much more inclined to buy trendy (aka ugly) and brand whore stuff.