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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
They're one-of-a-kind and rare athletic sneakers. The only way to see, hold and possibly purchase something from Michael Lopez's collection is to contact him through social media.
Lopez is part of the "sneakerhead" culture that collects expensive, limited-edition sneakers. After years of accumulating them, Lopez now operates Must Be the Sole consignment boutique in Bakersfield.
"It's not for everyone. It's for the diehard sneaker fans who appreciate sneakers and shoes," Lopez said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Growing up, Lopez's family couldn't afford the $200 Michael Jordan shoes he wanted, but now that he's able to afford them, he says he can find a nice pair of collectable sneakers and pay $500 without hesitating.
Simulcast host Scott Cox couldn't understand why anyone would want to buy expensive shoes and have them on display for others to admire.
Lopez tried to explain the reason behind his collection.
"Wearing something completely different than what others wear is what it's all about," Lopez said.
Retail sneaker prices can range from $200 to $650, but the same shoes could be worth $3,000 to a collector.
Lopez does not have set hours at the sneaker boutique. But you can find information on mustbethesole.com. Lopez sends out messages on social media with opening hours.