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University 2

My second pair of shoes, "Blood and Bone," are a fugazi replication of 1980s Nike basketball sneakers. I have always been enamored by the idea of fugazi products; fugazi in this context being a fake, or more specifically a BAD fake, of a branded product. The fake sneaker industry grows basically in tandem with the 'legitimate,' with the fakes being touted as lesser despite most coming from the same labor-violation ridden factories. So, what would it mean if someone were to hand design and make a fugazi sneaker? Does it hold its societal worth against a product manufactured by the company its imitating? Or is it worth the same as other fake shoes made in the factories? Both replications are made by human hands, just that you can only see the person behind one, not the other.

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