As columnist Ellen Goodman has said, there are not many shoes that look like a spike and feel like a sneaker. Women's shoes are largely divided into those worn for action and those worn for ornament.
i.e. is a new collection from Nike, that famous maker of sports shoes, that tries to straddle both worlds. Now in its fourth season, i.e. has "just started settling into" its niche, according to Nike spokeswoman Lisa De Neffe.
The "casual dress shoes," as she calls them, are designed for a 25- to 40-year-old woman to wear either to work or on the weekends.