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Meet the New Teen Sneakerheads Flipping Shoes for Cash, Fast
Brant Steinberg is a force to be reckoned with in the “shoe biz,” as he calls it. Last weekend, the 13-year-old hitched a ride with a friend’s older brother to the SoleXchange sneaker convention in Rockville Centre, Long Island, and rented an $80 vendors’ table with some friends. He was there to sell his prized possession — a pair of Nike “Paranorman” Foamposites, inspired by the cartoon movie for kids.
“I'm selling the most popular shoe in the game,” boasts Steinberg, who is not much over five feet tall but already wears an adult shoe size. With acid-green flames and a glow-in-the-dark sole, the Paranormans would look great if you wanted to play basketball during a nuclear apocalypse. “Yo!" he called to a friend. "I'm going to be featured in a magazine!"
It’s easy to laugh at Steinberg’s swagger until you find out the market price of a pair of Paranorman Foamposites is currently more than $1,500. Last year, a space-themed version of the shoe, dubbed the “Galaxy” Foamposite, fetched bids of over $2500 on eBay...