My friend works at this sneaker boutique in Long Beach, CA that gets some really exclusive shoes on a regular basis. The store is called Private and it is located off of Pacific Coast Hwy. When you go in the store they have a really cool light instillation behind the wall of shoes that changes colors to the music that plays in the store. The staff there is super friendly and seem to have all day to talk to you about shoe history and new drops. They really made me feel comfortable being new to collecting shoes. I heard of some more good stores in the downtown area, but Private was the highest recommended so I decided to check it out. The guy working the front also runs their instagram page and they update it everyday with new inventory.