Dale, your logic doesn't follow at all. Sometimes here I think members really confuse what they like to do with some larger thing, or set of rules, that would dicate what other people might like, as an absolute. Probably the biggest reason that ul isn't really given much credit, or respect, outside of ul world. In the tech sector we call this 'fanboyism'.
Just as an example of the weird logic, say, my base weight is 13 pounds with shoes and some poison oak camp clothes (that is how you avoid it by the way, it's the best method I've found). Now, somehow, that 13 pounds is worse than the 30 say, baseweight one might carry using normal gear? Try to actually think through, the goal is NOT to have x pounds, it's to go lighter.
If you find that some totally arbitrary weight is good and 12 oz more is bad, then I'd say you have totally lost perspective on what backpacking should be all about, which is being out in nature and having a good experience, not meeting some made up weight so you can say you are ul or sul or whatever other nonsense people make up.
Let's see, I carry a water filter, I only use that about 5 to 10 minutes a day. Maybe 12, depends. I carry a cooking pot and stove, I only use those about 1 hour a day (I eat out of my pot). Let's see, what else? I carry rain gear, which I often don't use at all. I carry an extra water bottle, which usually doesn't get used. I carry a cup, that only gets used about 15 minutes a day. Compared to those, gear like camp shoes starts to look downright useful, given you might wear them 3 hours a day (keeping in mind, not everyone thinks hiking all day then stopping only to sleep is a particularly good way to spend time in nature).
hmm, what else?
You don't have to spend 50 bucks on shoes, you can, like me, spend 3 or 4 by going to chinatown and looking around.
I get sick of the shoes I'm wearing all day, my feet want to breath and just be more open, plus the poison oak issue, which is very significant. While I don't wish people to lose their resistance to poison oak, I do in a sense wish you for example could grasp that there are actual reasons to bring gear that you personally don't like, it would really make the forums a more welcoming place. Just learn to insert the words 'I prefer because of the style I like' into declarations about what is good or bad and you'll find the tone changes radically. Might also help open some minds that seem to be shut closed against any other type of backpacking than a sort that almost nobody in the real world actually does. I believe this is known as HYOH. Really would be nice to see bpl learn what that means.