Performance will become important again.
Make no mistake, performance always matters. But it's reached a point where the performance market and retro market are almost completely disconnected. Not that people don't buy current performance sneakers for lifestyle purposes, but it doesn't seem to carry the same weight as it did back in the pre-retro '80s and '90s. But as the same retros cycle through production again and again and even the deepest, darkest crevices of back catalogs are strip-mined barren, high performance footwear will once again become coveted.