Factors are both numerous and complex, a person can write a doctoral thesis to reach a conclusion, the fact remains that not till recently, sneaker culture was viewed as a fringe interest. This was even more so in Europe than this side of the Atlantic where sports like basketball played a big role in its popularity. As a way to nurture this new found commonality, Foot Lock EU set up a social portal for all things sneaker related. Billed simply as It's A Sneaker Thing, the social portal, built by London-base U-Dox, allows creative expressions from sneaker aficionados in any formats, either reporting information about sneakers or a personable story in still images, all participation are welcome. Check some of the entries to It's A Sneaker Thing after the jump.