The act of licking sneakers (in sneakerhead culture) began in 2004, when Fat Joe famously appeared on an episode of MTV Cribs. On the show, he licked the sole of his 'Olympic' Air Jordan 7 from 1992 to emphasize the fact that it had not been worn.

But even the most deadstock shoe has been handled several times over by the time it travels from the factory to the buyer's house. And anyone who's ever worked in a stockroom knows that a lot of things involving hands and feet happen to sneakers before they're sold. Things that would make one think twice the next time time he or she did it for the 'Gram.

Sneaker licking is gross. It was mildly amusing (and an iconic moment) when Joe did it, but it's time to put it to bed. As a hopeful farewell, here are the 20 worst examples of the offense found online. 

20. Air Jordan 7 'Olympic'

Sneaker Licking: Fat Joe and the 'Olympic' Air Jordan VII 7


19. Nike Air Max 90 'Infrared'

Sneaker Licking: Nike Air Max 90 'Infrared'


18. Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Oregon'

Licking Sneakers: Air Jordan V 5 Oregon Ducks


17. Air Jordan 6 Retro White/Infrared

Sneaker Licking: Air Jordan VI 6 White/Infrared


16. Air Jordan 4 Retro 'Tour Yellow'

Licking Sneakers: Air Jordan IV 4 Tour Yellow


15. Air Jordan 7 Retro 'Cardinal'

Sneaker Licking: Air Jordan VII 7 Cardinal


14. Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Bred'

Licking Sneakers: Air Jordan XI 11 Bred


13. Air Jordan 3 Retro 'Cement'

Sneaker Licking: Air Jordan III 3 Cement


12. Nike Kobe 6 Prelude

Sneaker Licking: Nike Kobe 6 Prelude


11. Christian Louboutin Spiked Flat

Sneaker Licking: Christian Louboutin Spiked Flat


10. Ewing 33 Hi 'Fame'

Sneaker Licking: Ewing 33 Hi 'Fame'


9. Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Legend Blue'

Licking Sneakers: Air Jordan XI 11 Legend Blue


8. Nike Hyperdunk 'McFly'

Nike Hyperdunk McFly


7. Nike Air Force 1 Low

Sneaker Licking: Nike Air Force 1 Low


6. Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Concord'

Licking Sneakers: Air Jordan XI 11 Concord


5. Jordan Olympia

Licking Sneakers: Jordan Olympia


4. Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Concord'

Licking Sneakers: Air Jordan XI 11 Concord


3. Nike Sweet Classic Low

Sneaker Licking: Nike Sweet Classic Low


2. Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Shanghai'

Licking Sneakers: Air Jordan V 5 Retro Shanghai


1. Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Gamma Blue'

Sneaker Licking: Air Jordan XI 11 Gamma Blue