They were needed and as soon as my upgrade was eligible, we bought new iPhones with otterboxes. I needed new work shoes and we found a few pairs on clearance so I got some New Balances for $25.
Now, looking at my new work shoes and the case + clip we bought for the new phone, I realize that I've become something I never thought I would be. I'm a man in his mid thirties who wears white walking shoes and has a belt clip for his cell phone. Pretty soon I'll be tucking my t shirts into my chino shorts. Fanny packs won't be an outrageous idea.