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Fishers teen opens high-end sneaker store in Carmel days before high school graduation

May 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) -- A teen who is still a couple weeks from his high school graduation has his own store. Daniel Lamers estimates he's sold about 1,700 pairs of high-end sneakers in the past year or so online and through social media. But, he

Daniel Lamers estimates he’s sold about 1,700 pairs of high-end sneakers in the past year or so online and through social media.

Fashion, especially high-end and limited-edition sneakers, have been a passion since Lamers was age 10 or 11.

“A dream come true obviously,” he said.

“Just crazy, hard work pays off sometimes. ”

It’s paying off quite literally these days with his own physical store called Naptown Kicks.

His parents initially gave the reaction you probably imagine.

“At first they thought it was crazy,” Lamers said.

With an average selling price from $200-$400 and a profit margin from 30%-50%, his parents came around.

“Without them, I wouldn’t be able to open a store,” Lamers said.

“No, never,” she said.

“It’s been a crazy idea for a long time, but I think he’s in the right spot. ”

Diane said it’s gratifying to see his passion in action and to see it pay off.

They teach us more about ourselves. ”

So, it’s how he spends his money,” Diane said.

He knows some might think it’s crazy to spend from $800-$900 on a pair of shoes.

I look good. '”

For the next few weeks, it’s only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but, once he’s done with school, he plans to also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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