'Sneakerheads' rush for pricey shoes

Associated Press
In this photo taken Feb. 28, 2012, Jesus "Jstar" Estrella, a blogger who follows the "sneakerhead" scene, checks out shoes with his cousin at a Chicago consignment store called Overtime. Sneakerheads like him collect new and vintage shoes, many of them limited edition sports shoes that carry the names of basketball greats such as Michael Jordan and Lebron James. The craze started back in the 1980s with the release of the first Air Jordan shoe but has gotten more attention recently as sneakerheads have clamored for shoes and caused riots in some cities. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

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Sneaker enthusiasts spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on shoes, many of which carry the name of professional basketball stars, past and present. The fervor fueled by online social networking and by shoemakers such as Nike that often limit the number of pairs they release to generate more interest.

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