Sneaker pimps

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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.

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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.”