I bought some Nike Air Monarchs and they are the most comfortable athletic shoe I've tried so far. It was a revelation the first time I tried them on. As far as athletic performance, they do leave something to be desired. The shoes are very flat and a little wide, and so they feel a little sluggish in acceleration. I've got another pair of shoes, which are slightly elevated at the heel and a bit narrower, and I feel like I can "take off" from stop a little bit quicker. So what shoe out there is going to max out my comfort AND my performance? Does such an animal exist? If so, I want it!