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Sneaker collector finds sole mate

UPI News Service, 12/05/2005 

A Colorado couple say their hobby as sneaker collectors makes them a perfect fit.

Inside Ken and Nicole Toledo's home in Lakewood are racks and racks of shoes.

Ken Toledo has 550 pairs of athletic shoes -- Adidas with Goodyear-like tread; silver Pumas that resemble an astronaut's boots; and camouflage-toed Nikes, the Denver Post reported.

Add to those the 350 pairs that belong to his wife.

"I don't think the relationship would work if my wife didn't have a thing for shoes, too," said 30-year-old Toledo, a manager at a metro-area shoe store.

Toledo says, he's not a "sneakerhead" -- shorthand for a shoe fanatic who collects every style and brand imaginable, saves original boxes and plans to sell them for hundreds of dollars in profit on the Internet.

He calls himself a "sneaker connoisseur" -- Toledo's in-laws call the couple the "Shoe-ledos."

His wife doesn't mind. "How many men can you take shoe shopping?" said Nicole Toledo. "It's great. I'm in the women's section, and he takes the men's."

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