It seems that general style is gravitating to something of a more clunky, built-up look-- not just in shoes, look at the current trend in hybrid vehicles. Granted, this may be due to legitimate structural concerns, unlike fasion. There are a lot of novelty brands (this being one of them, catering to the power-walking community) that are advertising particular features which, in the long run, probably won't be as beneficial as simply walking instead of taking the escalators.
Case in point HERE
Regardless, consider the unnecessarily complex spring/air-cushion 'technologies' in daily footwear. Yes, they may make you feel all light, bouncy, and fluffy, but they're promoting ineffective bodily motion, carelessness, and foot disabilities.
This in turn creates something of a counter-culture which moves to the other extreme. The Vibrams are a prime example, promoting barefoot exercise while maintaining a certain degree of protection for the soles of your feet-- precisely what our ancestors intended when developing the first 'shoe'.
Personally, I feel that the best option would be something of a compromise between the two-- similar to how Feiyues mold to the foot, providing both protection and tactile perception, while resembling a typical shoe.