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Customized sneakers are gaining traction

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Two shoppers at Michael K.'s shoe store in New York's SoHo district check out pairs of hand painted shoes designed by Glenn Pellone, a godfather of the craft. (John Wendle/CNS)

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"You used to have just leather and suede. Now they're using everything. It's like multimedia even though it's just shoes," said Glenn Pellone, the airbrushing artist at Michael K.'s shoe store on Broadway in New York's SoHo shopping district. (John Wendle/CNS)

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Yianni Charalambous of London comes to New York to shop. "Everyone told me this guy was the best," he said of Glenn Pellone, the Michael K. shoe store's shoe customizer. Y14NNY is the license plate number of Charalambous' Ferrari 430 Spyder. (John Wendle/CNS)

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Reggie Devonn, 16, checks out a pair of shoes displaying the bright colors and patterns that are hallmarks of the new urban style based on the designs of shoe customizers nationwide. (John Wendle/CNS)

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Glenn Pellone, a shoe customizer who has been in the business for almost 30 years, designs hats and shoes with a New York theme. (John Wendle/CNS)

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Glenn Pellone, a shoe customizer who has been in the business for almost 30 years, designs hats and shoes with a New York theme. (John Wendle/CNS)

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Hand-painted and individually designed shoes are gaining traction as the trend moves from the cities to the suburbs.


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