In recent years, I’ve developed a bit of a shtick for being a human encyclopedia – albeit just for the subject matter of sneakers. It’s somewhat problematic that I’m storing savante levels of footwear-related trivia inside my head, because while I can remember release dates for all kinds of shoes, sometimes I forget the birthdays of loved ones. And I’m more likely to talk about why the Nike Air Max 90 is the greatest visible Air model than I am to discuss other world events that occurred in 1990.
That said, my sponge-like enthusiasm for sneakers has actually begun absorbing some more productive day-to-day knowledge. In fact, you could say that being a sneaker nerd has made me appreciate history a little more.