02/27/2012 05:39 pm ET

Mark 'Mayor' Farese, King Of The Sneakerheads, Talks About His 1,700 Pairs Of Sneakers

The only number that matters to Mark Farese is 9.

It’s his shoe size.

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.

But the 39-year-old Puerto Rican from the Bronx, who says he makes no lines for a pair of shoes, says he's no shoe collector.
“I am a wearer,” he said proudly. “When you collect paintings you’re not wearing paintings, if you collect stamps you’re not putting stamps on your daily mail.”

His love for shoes is so strong that he has never ever sold a pair of shoes, and it’s this fact, that has him shaking his head every time there is a new release. He can’t fathom how younger guys wait in line for days just to sell it online to turn a quick profit.

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