This intersectionality of nerdistry touches close to home.
Anime has been my thing since forever. I remember realizing that I had rented every anime video there was to watch at Hollywood Video in my neighborhood, some more than once. I then figured out I could buy lots of anime from places like Suncoast, and if I bought the clearance DVDs, I could get more than if I paid retail. This resulted in some...... questionable quality anime, but I still have a bulk of that collection and I actually like revisiting some of the weird series I was able to pick up.
Shoes have also been a deep love of mine since about middle school, but that was a hobby that I could not partake in until many years after I finished school. I remember watching other kids get their Jordans and Pippens and Iversons and Kobes etc etc etc. I was stuck rocking the clearance specials from the sporting goods store for under $50 (not a sob story, I get I was still very lucky, but it didn't feel that way at the time).
In recent years, I've slowly (very slowly because $$$) begun to buy the shoes I couldn't back then and it's been a fun jump into another hobby.
So when the leak hit than Adidas were going to have a line of Dragon Ball Z shoes, I immediately got hyped. It's far from the first 'Big Brand' x Anime collab, but it's one of the biggest mainstream names in apparel and not a boutique run, so it's a pretty big deal, and one I plan on getting a couple pair from.
The collection isn't flawless - I'm really not a fan of many of the models they decided to use for the Frieza or Vegeta models - but the Gohan and Shenlong models make up for it.