I have received more compliments on a pair of extremely average driving loafers I received as a gift than any other pair of shoes before or since. Therefore I disregard those completely and utterly. However a pair of Trickers Stow boots in acorn have 3 compliments so far. One from a lather worker, and two from rather good looking women. I suspect the colour makes them stand out. Otherwise, a pair of suede brogues are sitting on -1 "You shouldn't have bought those, they will stain," a pair of chelseas on -1 "the weird red soles" and the rest - mostly wholecuts, some even highly regarded here - don't get as much as a look.
I've noticed the same. My Mark Nasons (yes, I used to wear those ugly ones before SF), got more far compliments than my nice shoes do now.