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The Racial Divide on Sneakers

Jordans and Chucks come from the same originary sneaker, a canvas plimsoll from the mid-19th century. Both are named after basketball stars (one black, one white, we might note). So why is the former Jay-Z and the latter Dylan? How did the first become associated with black street culture and the second with white-dominated hipsterism? And what happens when said mostly-white hipsters decide they want to wear dunks too — as they did in the mid-2000s, for about 10 minutes?

Read more. [Image: Nike, Air Jordan]

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