A long time ago they were sold for about 2 cents.
and were bought by people that couldn't afford other shoes.
In which case most kids these days like to represent the "punk" side of it to show the actual roots.
In 2002 they were starting to come around, and just about everyone here in 2006 has them.
These shoes are also to be worn even if the soul falls out.
personally I find them cute and stylish.