On Facebook, a local running store posted this:
This is what I call the New Balance Super Sole. I really wanted to post comments, such as, "Do people still wear shoes with 3 inches of cushioning under the heel? How in hell could they have "a lighter feel"?
But I like the guys - they do try to help local runners and support my running club - so I didn't post there to avoid the mess.
So who wears these monstrous things? They are purplish - perhaps Barney wears them. We shall never know, since obviously he is usually barefoot.