Those are hideous. Â Truly hideous. Â Would someone actually wear those with a suit? Â They're bizarre. Â I should get some new job interviews and show up in those. Â People would think I was starving and take pity. Â "Look at the guy's shoes, he probably hasn't eaten in days."
Hideous yes, but also quite showy, designed for someone who is not afraid to stand apart from the crowd (in a similar vein to having a scarlet "A" affixed to one's shirt). Assuredly, this will send a message that, however unusual they may appear, the shoes were not inexpensive. I agree, the monks are quite nice, among a few others.