Sneaker Freaker Magazine recently ran an interesting editorial titled Why Are Kids Getting Killed For Their Jordans? that looks into the growth of reselling and collecting shoes, and the dangers behind them. Find below an excerpt and click here for the full read.

These days the selling and use of illegal substances has been bumped from the limelight by a different addiction. It’s not a dried-out plant loved by hippies, nor does it march in from Colombia. Most of the product is sourced from China and sold openly at your local mall. It’s usually made from plastic, rubber and leather and most of us use this item in daily routines. As devotees buy and sell primo examples for profit, stories of armed robbery and murder are once more synonymous with feeding this addiction. For many, it is now officially out of control. Welcome to the new crack.