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Please enjoy Stranger Things' Will Byers absolutely geeking out about sneakers

Complex’s “Sneaker Shopping” is the best show to watch if you want to get really mad about the state of capitalism or just watch a celebrity’s brain melt in real time. The web series’ latest guest is Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp, who plays perennially imperiled pre-teen Will Byers, and we’re happy to report that not a single slug or monster springs forth from the comically overpriced footwear he’s here to ogle.

As such, it’s a delight to see the cherubic young actor do something besides be utterly terrified. Throughout the interview, Schnapp adorably talks about how co-star Caleb McLaughlin has “the freshest shoes,” the ways in which Stranger Things allows him “to experience what it’s like to be my dad as a kid,” and “rolling up to first grade” in a pair of sneakers that got him a slew of compliments. He also discusses how he’s “renting” a pair of blue-tint Yeezys because he’s “gonna be with this girl I like and I want to impress her.” Please god don’t let her turn out to be a demogorgon.


It’s also lovely to see that, for all the show’s success, he seems to have preserved some of his innocence. “There’s so many things you can do with $40,000,” he balks after failing to be impressed by a shoe that costs as much. “I don’t think I’d buy a shoe for $40,000.” Even when he ends up spending nearly $3,000 on a pair of Jordans, he caps the transaction by worrying about what his mom will think. Bless you, Noah.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.