I love this post over on SecretForts, where the author, James, talks about receiving a pair of his dad's New Balance running shoes at the age of 8, which he still wears today. It's definitely worth a read. Check out how well-loved those babies are now:
If only I had been so thoughtful at such a young age... I might have hung on to my rad checkerboard slip-on Vans or my first pair of Chucks.