In the case of these shoes, I suspect the objection is that they just look tired and run down. I hate boat shoes, but leaving that aside, they don't seem out of context here.
Also, a bit of free advice: If you have beef, just name names and get it out there. The "you know who you are" stuff is just silly.
I'd have to go back and look through comments to name names. I too lazy for that. And "I'm vegetarian. I don't need the beef."