I totally agree on the Nike running brand on how they are about fashion, not performance, save for the standby's that people actually run in, Pegasus, Structures, Motos, etc. They continue to bring out the Air Max, yet not one single serious runner actually runs in this, just a fashion statement. You wonder why they continue to pump out the Shox Turbo? Because people think they look "cool" not because they are high performance runners. Nike needs to continue on the Lunareclipse/Glide series; they have some great technology while still being nice enough for the casual/mall walkers as AKA puts it, which is totally true.
The basketball and football side they dominate so much that its almost like they can rest on their laurels and stop innovating and we have seen this with their designs on a major level. When's the last time Nike basketball shoe that made you go "Wow!!" You have to go back to like the days of the Ultraflight, Zoom Flight 2k3, Flight Turbine etc. You can argue about performance all you want, at least the designs were new and eye-catching, trying to do new things instead of the cookie-cutter Hyper/Flywire shoe year after year. Or the standard crap upper and put a Max Air bag in the heel and call it good. And yeah I'm a Nike guy, but just like Rock said, there is no way in hell I'd ever buy anything Nike for full price, not when I know how much of a discount you can obtain and how much they are made for inititally. Yes, I know costs are rising for everything from materials/transportation, etc. too but still damn.