Tools are nice, but without fundamental skills and abilities, the usefulness of a tool is seriously hampered.
I think that principle can be applied to any industry, profession, or line of work. Blue or white collar, game is universally respected.
And if you respect the game as much as you love your game, it is a beautiful thing indeed.
So it's not about the shoes, and it never has been.
But of course, there is nothing wrong with a nice pair of shoes.