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Influence is the bug that no one can escape. No matter how hard someone tries to fight it, there's always another person who, even slightly, dictates their decisions. Especially when it comes to sneakers. It's funny to joke around and say that people are #influencers, but there are people who actually make trends happen within sneakers.

There are many reasons someone can be influential in sneakers. Athletes and rappers will always have a certain level of cultural cool, but there are also people behind stores, who run social media accounts, and design the actual sneakers.

When making this list, we didn't take "power" into account. That's a different list. So CEOs of retail stores and brand employees who simply hold important-sounding titles weren't included. With that said, here are The Most Influential People in Sneakers Right Now.

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