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The Nike Cortez spans four decades and some. This shoe has an amazing story that you don't want to miss! In this episode we give a closer look on how the shoe was birthed and it's role in pop culture over the years.

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After the sun sets in Putian, thousands of bikes carrying fake sneakers hit the streets. The lace-up black market is no secret in Putian, and it's where you can find Chan, a vendor with a knack for getting high-quality pairs off the streets and into the hands of hypebeasts on the other side of the globe. With rubber, he struck gold. "I've spoken to some of our customers some of them are high school students some are college students university students. So yeah these are our main crowd you generally," Chan told VICE News. "It's usually the kids themselves were very resourceful.

They understand about replicas they understand that these are high-quality sneakers...

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In an era where sneakers change hands between collectors for five and even six-figure sums, it's sometimes hard to remember when kicks weren't a 'grail' item for people worldwide. 15 years ago, sneakerheads were a subculture centered in New York, LA, London, Japan and the Internet. Then, in 2002, the Nike SB Dunk was introduced by Nike's fledgling skateboarding division, and an 80s basketball shoe ignited both the world of skateboarding and sneaker culture.

VICE Magazine had a front-row seat at the time as one of Nike SB's very first partners. So when the 15th anniversary rolled around we had an immediate thought – let's make a Dunk documentary that delves into the...

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On the first episode of Complex’s newest docu-series, Sole Origins, sneaker legends including DJ Clark Kent, Joe La Puma, Jeff Staple and Va$htie uncover their stories behind the most influential sneakers of NYC.

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