I think it's interesting that the only acceptable model in there - the Bleeker - was designed by a student with a stated background in Menswear Fashion Design. Strangely, the Wright, despite being designed by a non-American with no knowledge of "Midwest values" was still acceptable (although I wouldn't buy it.) The Strata was just awkward and I think that student should stick to womens' designs. I hate saying this because there's a very nice story behind it, but the Frontier Boot is hideous.
One of the worst boots I've ever seen.
I think we have to look at the source of the design. Parsons is a great design school, but I would bet that many of the students would love to get into fashion. Go to fashion week and tell me if any of the "high fashion" things on the runway are things that any average person would wear. The idea is that the industry take cues from these designs and implement them in everyday RTW. Granted, this is my layman opinion. I agree that the Bleeker is the closest to a real product, and the Wright is an acceptable second.