Werthein gives her a pair of Brincos - and Ms Elias begins to cry.
"I'm crying because you gave me these and almost no-one ever helps me," she explains, adding that she has never owned new shoes before.
A few days after passing out shoes for free to migrants, Werthein begins selling the shoes at a hip boutique trainer store in downtown San Diego.
The shop sells only limited edition trainers. A pair of Werthein's Brincos are displayed on a pedestal under glass with a price tag of $215
Andrea Schmidt, of La Jolla, is buying a pair to display in her living room.
"I think they're historical. I think it depicts a very special problem. And I thought it was important to have them," she says.
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