I come not to praise the Paleos, but to understand them.
Our story starts with the premise (which we will not unpack here, for reasons of brevity and taste) that running barefoot, or as close as possible to barefoot, is a more healthy means of locomoting. Under this premise, being immediately in tune with one's physical terrain is beneficial to the body and mind, requiring greater intentionality and physical dexterity in order to cover rough ground without injury. For those who cringe at the idea of walking barefoot to the mailbox, this might be a lost point, but the "natural running" school of thought has seen major conversion over the last ten years. While the overall claims seem understandable, there are some basic logistical difficulties with barefoot running. Namely, that the bottoms of feet are pretty smooth. This means that wet/uneven/slick surfaces can be dangerously low traction, and hard textured surfaces like rocky paths and concrete can chew you up after a while.
What to do, that won't deny naturalist runners the high levels of bio-feedback they crave? Designer/barefooted thinker Jörg Peitzker's answer: chainmail. Though "Paleo" brings to mind very little I'd associate with chainmail, the Paleo Barefoots are an interesting take on nekkid feet. The good: They provide traction, they're breathable, zero-drop, and minimal enough to conform to all the uncomfortable and delightful bumps and lumps of a trail. They also offer minimalist liners, paw-print styled sole pads to increase traction and better fit different environments, and can stave off archery attacks to your arches while LARPing. The odd: they're made of chainmail, not a material known for its ergonomic charm, so you're basically just putting snow chains on your feet.
A good application of unexpected material to niche need? A misapplication of minimalism? All I can think of is medievally shaped blisters, but I imagine my stylish high-viz trail-running shoes leave me well outside the target demographic.