KangaROOS

There's something oddly comforting about remembering your childhood: baseball in the park, building forts in the woods, walking in on mom and dad recklessly "dancing" in the bedroom. Relive your childhood sans trauma at KangaROOS, open now.

Founded in 1979 as a shoe w/a pocket and reborn two years ago when a Woburn-based company bought the license to distribute the kangaroo'd classics, this inaugural American store stocks the full line of basketball, vintage, and new kicks in a dark beige-walled two room space w/ a faux fireplace, and a life-size color cut-out of ROOS first professional sports endorsee, Walter "Sweetness" Payton, who was known for his quick moves and prescient knowledge that 80s brands would be so hot right now! Athletic kicks include 100 pairs of the Sweetness Hi, a white leather high top w/ Bears black/jaffa orange-colored Kangaroo logo on the side, No. "34" stamped on the back/tongue, and the word "Sweetness" across the top; the black suede Trap Lo w/ white sole and red stitching; and the white/black/red apple original Skywalker hi top, which features a soft canvas upper, Velcro ankle strap, and brand-defining hidden pocket, as well as the tendency to incessantly whine at robots. ROOS also sells vintage/re-jiggered kicks like the New Classic 42, a coriander/bungee/wood ash retro jogger w/ a padded tongue that conceals an extra pocket, and wavy-ridged outsole; the heritage-style red nylon/leather Combat with and an embroidered hook-and-loop pocket on the side; and the dark gray/olive/black classic jogging shoe reworked w/ a removable padded insole, and zipper side pocket called the Magnum -- which you, like, had to buy because all the other shoes you've used in the past are just way too tight.

The store also stocks apparel like a Payton tee that sports a uniformed image of Walter running over the block-lettered "Sweetness", and a white kangaroo logos anniversary number that reads, "30 Years: Still Kickin' It" also the title of your dad's inappropriate anniversary dinner speech, right before they went home to "watch a movie".