I grew up wearing cheap sneakers from Sears. It wasn't until I got to Jr. High that I realized shoes can make a difference when you are playing sports. In high school I was a Converse guy. I wore Weapons and shortly later Bird, Magic, and Dr. J copied me and did so too. I don't think I've ever spent more than $60 on a pair of shoes.
Sometimes when I'm at the mall and walk by the Athletes Foot store, I peak in just to see what shoes are available. After escaping the sale frenzied referees, I make my way to the newest models and am always shocked at how much shoes are selling for. I wonder if those $150-200 Kobe or Lebron shoes are worth it. For now I will just hope it is a bunch of hype. I'm sure my Western Family basketball shoes are just as nice as theirs. At least my shoes aren't promoted by muppets!