Growing up, I was a soccer fanatic. I played for eight years, from the age of 5 to 13. Obsessed with the game, I played year-round, outdoors on the field and indoors on the hard court. I was particularly fond of the latter, as I loved playing the ball off the wall, and I swooned over the sound of my Adidas Sambas sneakers squeaking against the floor. Naturally, I became so enamored with the look, feel, and sound of the shoes that they became my go-to every day sneakers. After all, unlike traditional soccer cleats, my Sambas worked especially well for walking (and running) through the linoleum halls of my elementary and middle schools.