Possibly! But on this forum you also can't account for equity and diversity considerations that are important to every university (in theory at least). There are of course considerations for race, culture, etc., but also for academic interests and life experiences. So it may be early offers had better personal statements or ECs, but it could also be that the university thinks their life experience/background will contribute greatly to the diversity of the class.
People here are getting all up in arms about $1000 shoes, but there are probably plenty of people at your offices every day who are easily wearing $2000 on them and you would have no idea - take a Hugo Boss/Theory suit and a shirt, quality shoes, watch/jewellery, and a tote. None of that is necessarily flashy or tacky.