If you are a sneaker geek like myself, shoes are more than just shoes! Its personality, shoes each one of them have a story of its own and life of its own and for many its how they express themselves. This story is hard to take for someone like me who is a shoe lover!
Counterfeit sneaker operations have become extremely lucrative business over the last few decades, as replicas of popular sneakers like Yeezys and Air Jordans have become nearly undetectable from the authentic products. Recently, police busted a massive counterfeit sneaker operation in New York and New Jersey, which produced millions of dollars worth of fake Nikes and Air Jordans that cost the brands more than $70 million over the past two and a half years.
Coming on the heels of that bust, VICE News Tonight on HBO profiled a black-market seller by the name of Chan, who has a knack for getting "high-quality replicas" off the streets and into the hands of hypebeasts all around the globe. For instance, Chan sells replicas of the Balencia Triple S - a sneaker that resells for $1200 - for just $120.
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