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06.30.15 Liam Mathews

When you think of sneaker culture, you may think of guys who love rap music lined up outside of a Foot Locker waiting for the latest Air Jordan reissue to drop. You’d be right, of course, but those guys didn’t just pop up out of nowhere when Spike Lee said “It’s gotta be the shoes.” […]

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02.13.15 Bucky Turco

Kanye West, an obnoxious but talented rapper who is also very into fashion, just released a new pair of sneakers that he “designed” for adidas called the Yeezy Boost (pictured above). The high profile footwear rollout, that coincided with the start of Fashion Week on Thursday, included a runway show that was attended by Jay […]

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06.16.14 Aymann Ismail

A new kind of pawn shop is set to open on Lenox Avenue and West 120th Street, but don’t expect to hock your gold or electronics there. Inside, high-end and dead-stock sneakers are awaiting those passionate enough about footwear to lay down $1260 for Nike LeBron 10 Crown Jewel or $1000 for Air Jordan 1 Doernbecher Charity sneakers. And […]

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04.21.14 Andy Cush

Isaiah Martinez, a 15-year-old from Brooklyn, was shot in the foot Saturday for trying to cut the line at a Bushwick Foot Locker. Martinez was after a pair of Nike Foamposite Pro Yeezys, which was released over the weekend. The alleged shooter was 14. “There were people camped out for the sneakers and Isaiah tried […]

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03.12.14 Andy Cush

Sneakerheads looking for that brand new heat might consider these 3D-printed numbers that can be folded up small enough to fit in your pocket or backpack. Here’s what they look like in full-on shoe mode. No relation to these guys, despite the “Filaflex” on the tongue — that’s the name of the 3D-printing filament used […]

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10.23.13 Andy Cush

I’m not much of a high fashion guy, or even a sneaker guy for that matter, but if I was, I would be rocking these sneakers from designer Elisa van Joolen. Van Joolen takes unused sample stock from Nike, turns them inside out, removes the soles, then attaches the bottoms of cheap flip flops. What […]

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08.15.12 Bucky Turco

Meet Lawrence. He’s a 15-year-old from Brooklyn who — along with a handful of others — has already set up camp out in front of the Modell’s in Times Square for the release of the new Air Jordans dubbed the “Gold Medal” pack, which is basically a clever way for Nike to get sneaker addicts […]

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06.19.12 Jay Smooth

This episode deals with the controversy over the Adidas “shackle sneakers.” Ill Doctrine is a video blog on music, politics and culture, launched in 2007 by Jay Smooth. We will be premiering two episodes a week on ANIMAL. Older episodes can be found at IllDoctrine.com and you can follow Jay on Twitter here. […]

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12.24.11 Bucky Turco

Meet Jay. He was number one on the line at the 34th Street Foot Locker in Manhattan Thursday evening for the midnight release of the new ‪Air Jordans. They’re the sneakers that have been causing chaos in NYC, well Staten Island, and all across the country. […]

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01.26.11 Bucky Turco

After reading this interview with a rapper who can still, ya know rap, I think it’s safe to say that “Pyrex Pot” Sean Price would not be caught dead in those juvie Jeremy Scott Panda sneakers that Lil Wayne rocks shamelessly. […]

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