But I think that a lot of fashionistas amongst seem to define style as something that requires wearing or owning a particular item or style before the crowd does.
Just want to add to that, some "so-called" fashionists define style as wearing/owning a particular item that the common crowd won't get a chance to lay their hands on. Hence the proliferation of all things being "limited edition". Obviously there are really gems among those limted products, but many are just average at best. Back to the original topic-favorite sneakers, one of my recent favorites are these. Reasonable price, not so ubiquitous, and goes well with dark jeans. The shoes in close looks a tad too busy, but it is alright when view from a normal distance. And the leather used, though in no way comparable to dress shoes, is much better than Nike's ones.