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Sole of the Sneakerhead

With a friend, he stood in line for 15 hours.

Callender's mom remembers that day. "His godparents got a call that he was standing in line in Manhattan, so they went down there and brought him some blankets and hot chocolate."

"We weren't prepared," he says. "When the store opened, people just rushed the line."

Ian Callender, 23, has dozens of Nike Dunk SB sneakers in his collection of vintage basketball shoes. Pictured with his babies at his home in Mitchellville, he has parted with some of the shoes on eBay. (Jahi Chikwendiu -- The Washington Post)

Callender got the Dunks in a size 12 for $120. He wears an 11.

He sold the 12s on eBay for $370, got a pair of 11s for the same price. This is how a sneakerhead survives.

"I swore after that, that I would never stand in line to get another pair of shoes," he says. "Then I did it for the Hunters and the Hufs.

"I think about how crazy it is sometimes. I think, man, I just sold a pair of shoes to buy another pair."

No, crazy is selling your sneaker collection to fix your parents' car after you wrecked it. Which is what Callender did a couple of years ago.

"My parents went away to Hawaii and they told me not to take the car," he says, voice trailing off. He took the car and crashed it, something about a puddle on a highway. Instead of letting insurance cover it, he sold his sneakers on eBay for $3,500 and fixed the car.

But "when they got back the car was still in the shop, so I had to break it to them," he says. "But it could have worked."

"I am still really mad about that," he says. As most kids would be after crashing their parents' car.

"I was heartbroken because a lot of them were Holy Grails," he says.

Holy Grails?

"That is the shoe you would do anything for."

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