In all seriousness, though, I'll play along. Interestingly, an old pair of beaten-to-shit Gucci bit loafers gets me more compliments than any other pair of shoes I've ever worn, and particularly from women. Of course, it's primarily because the bit pattern is instantly recognizable as "Gucci" to most chicks. My many pairs of far nicer, far more expensive, and far better cared for shoes will get the occasional -- amd I mean very occasional -- notice or compliment. But the old Guccis get 'em every time. The shoes actually do look pretty cool, especially with their patina. But I doubt that's the sole, or even primary reason for the love they receive. People in this country have been trained to look for a label or a brand marker before looking for anything else. +1. I have the exact same experience. My old Gucci horse-bit loafers (both my basic black and dark brown suede) get regular praise (from women). My EGs? Lobbs? C&Js? Never.