I wear athletic shoes every day because I'm more secure on my feet. I really do not want to fall. Apparently there's a lot of older women wearing them for the same reason.
I also wear them because that's about all I can find for casual shoes since I wear size 13 AAA.
I knit a lot of socks, and I think hand knit socks look dreadful with athletic shoes. This means my sock drawer if full of nice hand knit socks I no longer wear.
I'm always on the lookout for solid colors but I'm seldom successful. These navy ones trimmed in pink are fun unless all your pants are black. I only have a choice of maybe two brands so I pretty much have to take what I can find.
My favorite casual shoe is Keds but they have absolutely no arch support and I've not had much success adding support.
It's a bummer, but actually doesn't even register on the life scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst. It's an annoyance, a gravel in my shoe, that sort of thing.