It seems London’s rioters like to nick trainers. Their apologists (on TV because the crowd loves a villain) often blame the Evils of the Consumerism. This is self-righteous, illiberal and almost painfully pompus. It’s better to point out that many status symbols aren’t really worth a polished ball of sheit.
I recently went to crowded shop selling ugly sports shoes, accosted a salesman and explained that I wanted shoes for running. He smiled smugly and then, to his credit, explained that his shop didn’t sell shoes approprate for any kind of sporting activity. So some shops sell ugly shoes that are good for sport. Other shops sell nice shoes that are bad for sport. But kids these days like their shoes both useless and ugly.