The Sneaker Grouch

Back in the 1980s and 90s, Philly kids like me would scour the mom-and-pop sneakers shops on Germantown Avenue looking for shoes that would, in one stroke, make a statement. People could look at your feet and get a sense of who you were and what you were about. If you wore Adidas Ewings, you were in control. If you wore Air Jordan Ones, you were flashy. I spent the fall before starting seventh grade obsessing over a pair of orange-and-white high-top Dunks, Nike’s collegiate line. “Be True to Your School” was the ad campaign. An article…

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