Thanks, Ben Hedblom, for wearing the same shoes for four years as a bet and ruining any progress we’d made with men forgoing their too-tatty threads. In all fairness, the teen, who has been wearing a pair of Nike Shox throughout high school, could actually teach guys (and girls) a thing or two about how people are treated based on outward appearances. What began as a silly challenge between Hedblom and his Spanish teacher turned into a psychological test, causing the student to turn the experience into his senior project. Apparently, people felt so bad for him, strangers in McDonald’s would offer to buy him new kicks. Said Hedblom: “It made me think less of what other people think of me. And it made me approach them and talk to them. And they got to know me as a person. That goes way past the physical experience … I’ve learned a lot about self image. You are what you believe you are.” Aww.
Well, we’re assuming Mr. Hedblom remained a virgin throughout his high school career. Way to practice abstinence, kid. [TampaBay.com]