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Go-to sneaker: Nike Foamposites / Nike Boots

Before every rapper became a sneakerhead and started getting free kicks, Wale was roaming the streets of D.C. searching stores for the hottest pairs on the scene. Even though the sneaker boom has turned every Tom, Dick, and Harry into a hypebeast, Wale remains one of the most respected people in the sneaker game and has undoubtedly impacted the sneaker culture as a trendsetter. The D.C. native was instrumental in helping Foamposties reach a new level of popularity and will always be attached to the sneaker anytime it is brought up. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention his song “Nike Boots,” which serves as an ode to the popular ACG boot and helped him burst onto the national scene.