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drawing of a pair of tennis shoes hanging from power lines


A new theory of suspended sneaks

Theories abound about the global practice of flinging pairs of athletic shoes over power and telephone lines. Some claim the dangling sneakers mark a gang's territory, a local crack house, or the departed "sole" of a fallen "homie." Others suggest that bullies, after beating their victims, steal their shoes and toss them out of reach. Yet others hypothesize that

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