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What was once a subculture of addicts, connoisseurs, and regular hood kids looking to flex, has turned into a race to wear the same sneakers. Brands insist on flooding consumers with limited releases, and the Internet and the sneaker resale market have turned something that was once cool into a cornball fest of the worst kind.

Sneakers have transcended sports and have made influences in art, music, fashion, and pop culture.

But unfortunately, sneaker gentrification is killing the sneaker culture.