It has become a modern classic and the best selling shoe in the Adidas Skateboarding line for a good reason. Adidas and Denis Busenitz innovated rather than following. The Busenitz was one of the first skate shoes to incorporate an athletic "heel lifted" profile for better arch support, heel impact protection and great board feel on the toes. Geo-fit ensures that your heel holds down. Dennis Busenitz helped design them and he knows a thing or two about pushing a plank with some wheels around. So buy them. That way you can reminisce about how great these shoes were and how all future skate shoes are not the same... at least you'll be defending a good looking soccer inspired shoe and not something like a D3. You're kids might even be kinda impressed, but probably not.