Contact the MB -- Running Shoes
A: At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the gold medal in the men's marathon, running the race in bare feet. You trying to tell us that a few years of marginal technological advances in shoe design make a difference for the average 15-mile/week hacker? Shin splints are a small price to pay for style.
(The 2008 Olympic Men's Marathon is on Sunday, August 23 @ 7:30pm ET.)