We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm a fan of the minimalist shoes, and have a pair of MT101s and a pair of MT10s. With the MT10s New Balance had a very BRIEF moment of class and taste and made them in a grey leather (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/new-balance-mt10-minimus-leather-trail-shoes-minimalist-for-men~p~5451f/ sorry, but the link will probably rot away in a year or two).
I sort of like the 101s better.
William O. B'Livion
indeed, shoes should not get in the way of walking, yet most do.
And a big part of that is them being heavy, restricting the movement of the foot, preventing you from feeling the surface you're walking on.
As to the flashy colours of these and many other sports shoes, that's apparently what people want. Many customers (and especially amateurs) pride themselves on their gear, want to show it off, in large part as compensation for their lack of skill.
"I may not be able to keep up with you running but at least I have these $500 running shoes that you can't afford" kinda attitude.
And what better way to make sure that everyone knows what expensive stuff you have than to make it display bright fluorescent colours, especially as they can't make them bigger (as is happening with cellphones, the main reason for those gigantic cellphones coming out recently is for users to show off their possessions)?