I actually don't mind the 'look' at all, it's more the fact that it's trying so hard to detract itself from being in any way fashiony, and has ultimately become a copied trend. I hate the word, too; it doesn't lend itself to sounding anything but 'anti-fashion' (another annoying phrase!) when really it's anything but!
Back to the point of this post; and that is the ever so slightly 'normcore' shoe pictured above. The Nike Rosherun is definitely a marmite shoe; but I've changed my opinion of it completely. At first I hated it. Then I quite liked it. Now I really like it, but would want to invest in it for purely aesthetic reasons; I don't really 'do' running, which is what I am certain this shoes primary function is to aid. Rather, I feel it would be a good commuter shoe, lightweight, great colour (prefer the white sole, though, I think) and the best part of all is its nondescript nature. No bright colours, aggravating logos, bubble sole features; they look comfortable and they whisper. This is a shoe with no statement to make; it will be a comfortable and practical addition to your shoedrobe. And if that's not another paradox, I don't know what is.