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Sneakerhead

I think I came out of the womb wearing a pair of fresh kicks (sorry, mom!)

Imagine this:

It's 4:00 am. It's cold. And raining. You're sitting against a brick wall in a line with 50 other people. Despite your fatigue and impending illness from being outside in this weather, you can feel your heart beating and your blood pumping in excitement. Only six more hours.

Now It's 10:00 am. You're up next. The attendant asks you for your size, and you meet her at the register. You run out of the store and immediately rip open the box. Inside is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. A pair of sneakers that you've been waiting months for. And it's finally yours.

Welcome to my life.

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Some people call me crazy for having so many pairs of sneakers (43 in total, to be exact). They don't understand why I need so many. But for them, I have a simple answer:

because they make me happy.

When I step out of the house in a fresh pair of sneakers, I feel unstoppable. Every time I look down during the day, I'm reminded of a story- a memory I had while acquiring them, something fun I did while wearing them, and I can't help but smile.

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My Favorite Sneakers

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Nike

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Vans

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During graduate school, I found ways to incorporate my love of sneakers into my academic work.

 

For example, I recently did an independent study in which I researched how sneaker culture's initial formation affects the gender dynamics around the culture even today. I also interviewed six female sneakerheads to see how they make space for themselves within the culture.

 

Check it out here: 

"Reclaiming the Term, "Sneakerhead":​ How D.C.-Based Women Are Making Room for Themselves in Sneaker Culture"

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