Stupid Japanese magazines have told clueless heritage/streetwear people they were cool, just like New Balances so you have a lot of people posting these here and on sufu (just checked the recent purchases there), someone even posted a massive fail outfit with them on stylezeitgeist. Next is probably Guatemalan hats, oh wait maybe not heritage enough.
You really come across as judgemental and preachy despite being a supposedly well-educated, open minded libertarian... No offense of course.
This is not the first time that people have been critiqued on this site. If you post something that is polarizing like birks prepare for some people to say yeah and some to say no. How they do it is another story entirely.