they look a lot better with the shroud collar attachment removed. yes the 'earmuff' looking things come off. i ordered these yesterday. been waiting for these to drop since summer. aesthetically, the materials are superior. i personally don't see how these are comparable with other shoes, especially yeezys. i mean c'mon…put the silhouettes next to each other and tell me the similarities. On the other hand, Chad Muska has said that some of his designs were inspired by Jordans. I don't see a problem with that. When skate shoes evolve into urban fashion, you don't wanna keep seeing the same old traditional vans/DC style.