Once called tennis shoes, they also may be known as: sneakers; gym shoes; walking shoes; running shoes, or athletic shoes. Whatever they are called, mine had to be replaced.
It's now four years since I developed a balance issue. Not sure why and the doctors (of many disciplines) have not been able to find a reason -- let alone any therapy or chemicals that might mitigate the problem.
One of the first doctor visits recommended walking barefoot to help with balance. It works. Walking barefoot at home is a habit. Beyond home I wear shoes. However, finding a shoe that is "almost bare foot" is difficult to find.
After Christopher McDougall's book Born To Run (published 2009) became a hit, the shoe manufacturers went after the latest source of new profits. They started making light weight shoes with no raised heel and no arch support that was close to barefoot.
Unfortunately for me, my foot is wider than the standard that is made by the shoe industry. I searched for a shoe that was close to barefoot. Vibram Five Fingers didn't work. Too narrow and getting my toes to separate for "five fingers" just didn't work as easily as was claimed. The Luna sandal works for hot weather, but I would rather not have that thong that goes between the toes.
Finding a shoe for my wide foot for living every day and hiking became a challenge. The finalist in the search for a barefoot style shoe was the New Balance Minimus. My complaint is that they come in day glow colors or something that appears to have come from the clown supply store. When I asked at a New Balance store why the wild colorful Minimus shoes. The response was that runners like colorful shoes.
Really. The runner has his plain t-shirt and his dark running shorts. To compliment that "boring" combination, the runner is looking for racing stripes in day-glow colors on his shoes. I doubt it.
The colors of the recently purchased shoes for hiking were black and gray. More black than gray. How about a gray shoe that looks dirty from day one.
For the times when not hiking I have purchased a second pair which glows in the dark -- white on white. Soon they will be gray. It is only a matter of time.
A pox on shoe engineers/designers/color consultants/ and anyone else who had anything to do with making shoes that come in day glow colors. How about a gray shoe.