I get it, at this point these are so retro. I have a real fondness for the original New Balances that I rocked all through college (and that I thought were the absolute coolest thing ever). Now I kind of like these customizable versions that I think I could get behind. There a bit of a throwback, but I like that they're gender neutral. I may not be ready for all the crazy colors (shocker), but I like the idea of at least getting some initials on there. Baby Steps.