We're talking about the shoes, not the people.
There are some topics in the fashion industry that are inherently controversial. The great debate over real fur vs. fake
If I see a pair of shoes I want, I may set aside a personal principle or two in order to have them. My life story and circumstances can be told by tracking the shoes that I've worn up until now.
If one could witness the sound of two dissonant piano keys clashing simultaneously, it would manifest itself in the form of the brothel creeper. The platform looks -- to be colloquial -- "icky."
One boy turned to me and said "What's up with the shoes?" as if I was wearing them as some type of joke. None of the remarks affected me, though -- I loved my shoes and that was all that mattered.