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Like it or not, ever-popular photo sharing platform Instagram has been pivotal in crafting a unique, recognizable visual aesthetic within the sneaker world. Dangling your feet off of a 40-story precipice just for a few likes may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but there’s no doubt that certain types of photos are being perpetuated by the Instagram sneakerhead community every day – including us at Highsnobiety.

We tapped some of our favorite photographers on Instagram to recreate a humorous, behind-the-scenes look at some common streetwear platitudes.

Here is a lighthearted look at five of the most beloved (but sometimes overused) Instagram cliches.

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Outfit Grid

What You See

What’s Actually Going On

Wearing nice clothes in real life often isn’t a big enough flex for sneakerheads. Before heading out into the big, scary world, it has become habitual for many to neatly lay their outfits in a grid-like fashion to be validated by strangers on the internet.

Raindrop Bokeh

What You See

What’s Actually Going On

Even with Waiola coconut water and a Benz, this style of “water-droplets-on-a-window” is as close as many sneakerheads will ever come to getting their precious kicks wet.

Sneakerhand

What You See

What’s Actually Going On

One of the simplest ways to flex your latest cop on the gram, it’s no wonder why many sneakerheads gravitate toward taking sneakerhand shots. Did you ever ask yourself – “Where’s the other shoe though?”

Smoking Shots

What You See

What’s Actually Going On

How smoke bombs and vaporizers became conflated with sneaker culture, we may never know. Points for creativity to the first guy who thought of this, but the effect becomes a bit lost after the 1,000th time. We get it, you vape.

Photo Walks

What You See

What’s Actually Going On

What happens when a group of Instagram #influencers converges in a single location? #likeforlike #followforfollow

Also, make sure to check out our Completely Unserious Guide to British Street Slang.

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