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I have "lesser" sneakers, but I don't FEEL one-upped by somebody in Gucci sneakers.

It occurs to me that I want to expand on the above thought.

I think partly it comes from the fact that I don't believe they are "better" in any way than my own less expensive sneakers.

And I think partly it comes from the fact that I know I could buy a dozen pairs of them if I had the urge to do so. It only feels like I've been one-upped if somebody does something I couldn't do. Like, if you do a hundred pushups, and I do none, I know I've been one-upped. But if you do twenty pushups, and I do none, I don't feel the same, because I know I could do twenty-five. Make sense?

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