The possession of such footwear instills false feelings of superiority to those who don't have them, self worth, attractiveness and popularity. In all reality though, everyone knows the truth- you're just a moron who spent $180+ on a pair of shoes that you can't afford. The possession of these shoes has one annoying draw back- next month there is a new pair coming out that said moron has to get because the pair they just bought are now considered to be old.
Bob: Ah, no wonder his kids are begging for food in the streets.
Brian: They're already considered to be old. A new pair is coming out in two weeks so the whole miserable process will repeat itself here shortly.
They have become something of a poor man's status symbol as the only people who buy them are people who can't afford them.
Whenever new models come out, go to the nearest mall. I swear it looks like the Rodney King riots.