A dozen years ago, Reebok gave a lot of support to the local club I ran for, the Central Mass Striders. For a couple of years, everyone on the racing team was entitled to eight pairs of shoes a year, and although we were competitive on the New England road circuit, there were only a few guys on the team who could run even as fast as Kim Smith. Then they started canning some of their reps, and we were soon free of the tacit obligation to race in those awful DMX shoes that shredded the hell out of my and others' Achilles tendons after about five miles. Along the way the Enclave group in D.C. went tits up, and now this. Seems like the predictable culmination of an extended trend.