HAYWARD — Kevin Palafox is a self-proclaimed "sneakerhead," a term used to describe those in the popular world of shoe collecting.

"A sneakerhead does more than collect shoes, but is someone who is well-versed in all sneaker brands and can tell you that you're wearing some Nike Blazers, which is a general release found at Foot Locker," Palafox said Tuesday, deciphering a reporter's pair of shoes.

"We can school you on the history of the shoe and the era it came from."

Palafox, 26, is taking his love for sneakers public with "Sole Addiction. Can't Stop Won't Stop," a play he wrote and directed for a theater class he's enrolled in at Chabot College.

"I've always enjoyed acting," he said. "It brings out the kid in you because you get to pretend and be someone else."

The 40-minute play features a day in the life of a group of sneakerheads. The four collectors, known as the "Get Fresh Crew," are anticipating the release of a rare pair of kicks.

When the crew finds out they are unable to purchase the exclusive sneakers through their usual source, they embark on a by-any-means-necessary adventure to get their hands on the sought-after footwear.

Along the way, the shoe fanatics encounter situations any hard-core consumer can relate to: long lines full of pushing, altercations and hysteria.

One of the crew members, played by Palafox, also has a near-death experience during the journey.

"My only vice is shoes. It's like my drug," he said. "There is no particular lesson in the play. I just wanted to tell a story where people can see a lot of themselves in the characters."

In addition to Palafox's sneaker play, two other original works from Chabot students will also be featured during show times.

"Kill the Robot" is a quirky science-fiction tale about a robot trying to survive in a society that frowns on technology, and "The Heart is Never Content" details a young woman's journey through life's disappointments.

Nightly showings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run through Saturday in Chabot College's Little Theater, Building 1300, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward. Cost is $5.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thesneakerplay.

Kevin Palafox shares more about life as a sneakerhead and offers up his 10 Commandments for shoe collecting at www.ibabuzz.com/hayword.

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  • WHERE: Chabot College Little Theater, Building 1300, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., in Hayward
  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday
  • COST: $5
  • MORE INFO: www.myspace.com/thesneakerplay