Those were never available in the US, but yeah, I can see how someone could easily mistake them for the typical grey NB. tbh, the only fits that I've really worn them in involve slim sweats. I have kind of big feet, and they feel too clunky to wear with shorts. I think they have potential for people with certain builds and smaller feet though. I have the NB court shoe from last summer that I got a bit more wear out of. I removed the N's though so they're more discrete.