on this note, further proof of her degrading ability in athletics. her 15:18 in vapor fly is worth 16:18 in normal shoes[/quote]
LOL...there will be no racing show worn by anyone within two years that won't have a carbon plate in it. I train nearly everyday in the Carbon X, and just recently got the Endorphin Pro as a Nike alternative (I would rather not support Nike). The EP is very close to the Next% in feel on the road, but the Next% upper fits a little better for me. YMMV.
If you're not already a forefoot striker, the plated shoes have far less benefit.