I really don't have an eye for shoes, that's why I've posted such a weird succession of footwear. I'm not looking to "just" spend my money for the sake of spending it—I'm just asking for advice/opinions/direction/etc. because, as I've said, I really don't have an eye for shoes (well, sneakers in particular).
@Hendrix: my budget is pretty strictly around $250, but if the price goes a little over, and if the shoe happens to be terrifically awesome, then I could maybe loosen up a bit. At the moment, I'm between getting a pair of hi-tops and getting another pair of side-zips. Leaning more toward the hi-tops because I don't own a pair, but another pair of grey side-zips could easily win out if there's nothing particularly great in the way of sneakers.
FWIW I'm a size 11
I'm not the guy to ask about hitops - I only like Raf Astros and CP BBalls, both of which are hard to find - but I like and have a pair of grey side zips myself. It's an excellent colour for footwear.
With that budget you could get some Paul Smith's from ebay uk, but I think that's a better budget for sneakers as you could get something really nice, but side zips you get something just above average for that price.