Writer and Los Angeles native Christyna Pourhabib asked sneaker enthusiasts around the country the same question: What was the first pair of sneakers that made you feel fly? While for some, it was the Air Jordan XVIIs and for others it was the Reebok Answer IVs, collectively their responses tell stories about the broader culture and their relationship to it.
The result of these encounters is The First Pair, a gorgeously illustrated consideration of the deeply personal meanings that often accompany one’s selection of sneakers. In The First Pair, sneakers become an entry point into the broader subjects of race, gender, class, and identity. The author turns the lens on herself, and shares the origins of her love of sneakers and how that relationship evolved after an accident that essentially redefined and then cemented the role that footwear would play in her life.