Meet the Mayor of the Sneaker Universe

Mark Farese, nicknamed Mayor, owns 1,700 pairs of shoes neatly stored in custom designed clear boxes stacked to the rim in a basement protected by cameras and a key pad combination in a New Jersey suburb.

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    Mark Farese, nicknamed Mayor, owns 1,700 pairs of shoes neatly stored in custom designed clear boxes stacked to the rim in a basement protected by cameras and a key pad combination in a New Jersey suburb.
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    Air Max 95 'Doernbecher's' patiently wait their turn to be worn by one of the sneaker game's top collectors.
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    The Mayor looks over his security cameras protecting his collection.
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    If Mayor was to sell his entire collection he says it would be worth well over $350,000.
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    Some of the shoes include the NIKE Air Max 360 Hybrid Playstation 3’s, NIKE Lebron 7 PE’s, Jordan V(5) Motor Sports, NIKE Zoom KD 4 Nerfs, Paris SB Dunks and a pair of custom designed Yankees shoes that include actual stitched pinstripes, and all of the jersey numbers worn by Yankees Hall of Famers.
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    Enter into Mayor's secure basement.
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    Farese's dream is to one day work on a collaborative project with Nike. The former customizer and owner of a car stereo system shop has had some of his ideas taken before.
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