When I first saw them in the early 80's I thought they were the ugliest things ever. But I developed plantar fasciitis and other foot problems and had to start wearing shoes with good arch support. This includes slippers, flip-flops, boots, etc. When I started wearing them in the mid 80's they weren't really in style. Then they came into style in the 90's and my students thought it was cool that I wore them. So that was my brief period of being "in style."