Welcome, and I hope you're finding success with the new lifestyle. From a marketing standpoint on minimalist footwear, I suppose it seems counterintuitive to be paying so much money for so much less actual material, when compared to high-end athletic shoes. Some would say why pay to go almost barefoot when you can just go barefoot. But protection from glass and being able to walk into places of business helps of course.
From an injury and foot health perspective, cheap, flat, thin-soled, and flexible sneakers/sandals could be just as effective. It's my understanding from reading "Born to Run" by Chris McDougal that before the boom in running popularity, Western marathoners were wearing sneakers to that description. And the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico has been running ultramarathon distances in thin sandals for untold generations.
That said, I love my VFFs and the price tag doesn't bother me. I'm not a doctor or scientist... just my opinion.
Makin moves. Makin money. Makin bacon.