Sneaker pimps


New Yorkers Bidham Roy (from left), myself, Alex Velazquez, Kevin Robles, and David Medrano (bottom).

Yesterday I had one of those days that reminded me that I do truly love my job and the people I get to meet for a living.

Lured into the square by coworker and photographer Rose Lincoln, who had a scoop on a local shoe store selling new, limited-edition Harvard-inspired sneakers, we set off to see what the fuss was about.

What we found was a real life “sneakerhead” campsite: Throngs of mostly young men had come from both close and far to sleep outdoors and brave the weird weather as of late to purchase “Three Lies,” a collaborative shoe designed by Asics and Harvard Square shoe store Concepts. The shoe went on sale this morning at 10 a.m. with a limited run of 800 pairs.

The guys I met were warm, funny, candid, and, as always, I was ready to dive in with both feet. Pun intended.

Read more about the shoe and the campers from my story published today in the Harvard Gazette.


Philly native Corey Lewis (left, Chicago t-shirt): “My love for sneakers brought me here. I have friends with over 500 pairs of shoes. I have about 35 or 40 pairs myself. My closet’s pretty full.”