I also realized how closely this book relates to what I was thinking yesterday at the used clothing sale. "Our clothes never wore out - they just went out of fashion" (quote from page 13) Before American influence, used clothing was not sought after in Japan, sales did not exist. I did not write down the exact quote, but one fashion designer said "I don't know many people who are dressing a lie. Looking at what someone wears is a good indication of what they are like."
I saw chacos the most I think. Also a lot of converse, keens, toms, unidentifiable, unsupportive looking flats and flip flops. If ever anyone wanted to conduct a study on fashionable shoes at concerts...ACL might just be a good place to start.