... and bought a pair of shoes: Never seen them before? Not surprising. They're from a German brand called 'Bär' (Baer, without the umlaut). Totally minimal shoes, handmade in Germany... cost a little more than average (140 Euro), but they're the first running shoes I've bought in over three years, so what the hey. Oh, I only ordered them this minute online, won't have them for a day or two. Will certainly report back once I get them! And there's a two week, no Q's asked return policy, so who knows? Why did I buy them? I honestly don't know! I think I just like the company philosophy.