To be honest, the balancing act isn't really related to the sneakers. It is related to time. My goal is to spend as much time as I can with my kids to make sure they are better prepared than I was. With that as a focus, I struggle like any parent that works. I am fortunate enough that I work from home, so I get to take my kids to and from home from school everyday as well as help with homework. I get to talk them about their day and guide them through life in a way that most parents don't get to do. At the same time, because I work from home, I often work later and earlier than I need to which causes its own set of issues. But like any parent, it is just a matter of balancing your time. I am not saying I am perfect, but I am getting better. A work in progress. As far as actual sneakers go, my family is really indifferent. They aren't into sneakers, fashion, music, and technology the way that I am and that's OK. I don't expect them to be. I buy them sneakers every once in a while, but I never force them to wear something I like because it was hot when I was younger. I want them to create their own memories and establish their own favorites, whether that is sneakers, or that one time we built a Minecraft server. To them, I am not the sneaker guy on the Internet, I am that guy that stops them from playing video games until their homework is done or the guy that wakes them up every morning with a kiss, a hug, and an "I love you."