LA Guy, italian boots or "distressed" cap-toes from some (again) italian designers look better.
Like them too, but prefer plaintoes to captoes (actually, I hate cap toes, but that is for another day) - actually prefer round toes with a distinct instep (shoe guys, help me out) for a rougher look. Keep a pair of Pradas and Costumes around for evenings where sneakers are verboten or impractical (doing the tango in sneakers is asking God to twist your ankle.) Still prefer sneakers though, especially for the daytime. More comfortable, and more laid back. Maybe all those years in LA changed me irrevocably. But maybe not. I wore lots of sneakers before that too.