I was in Rome last year visiting a friend who is in finance. He mentioned that DBs were mostly worn by young aristocrats, basically Pitti playboys. everyone else wore SB. But he's in his early 30s, maybe it's different with the older crowd.
Did he call them that or is that just your reference to attendees at Pitti Uomo? I didn't realize they had become a class.
I don't think I am imagining it. At least once, in the office, the reaction was unescapable. Also, I do not notice the same stare with SB, so it can't simply be my good looks.
Last Wed I was in SF, SB blazer, OCBD, cotton pants, basically a California Tux with no tie, walking along the embarcadero to the Ferry building and a carful of people went by and several women shouted "NICE SUIT" at me. I really don't know if that was meant as hipster-ironic. I mean, it was a nice jacket, but hardly eye-catching. But a jacket of any kind is so rare there nowadays that who knows.
Mike, I guess the more important question is: so what?
Unless there is a clear signal that your DBs are negatively impacting your career, wear them and enjoy them. From what I gather, you are inferring what you can from mere looks, which themselves are very easy to imagine.
I see you have come to terms with the public reaction to your infamous DB.