Pair no. 31: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tennis shoes. It is so hard not to buy themed tennis shoes and crazy T-shirts — it is just part of the American impulse to identify and somehow by identifying becoming unique. These shoes were a wonderful tribute to the rich fantasy worlds that exist inside of this man. You would never know by looking at him that he would own a pair of shoes like this — he understands that you don’t wear these to the office. But as you can see, he has worn them. And felt springier, and cooler, and hipper just by putting these on with his jeans.

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