Best sneaker shops for guys

By Anna Brand

Alife Rivington Club

Alife Rivington Club

Alife Rivington Club
Whether you’re looking for a simple white sneaker or a trendy graphic style, you’ll want to enter this club without hesitation. Stocking a wide range of major brands like Adidas and New Balance, along with less mainstream ones such as Canterbury and Fred Perry, they’re sure to have the perfect sneaker to match your personality. Favorites include vintage styles like the new Warrior 1940s retro line from China ($60) and the Air Jordan 1 Retro ($50). 158 Rivington St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts (212-375-8128, )

The season’s newest shoes in the window are sure to lure you in to try on a pair or twenty. With selections to please all dedicated shoe shoppers without overwhelming timid customers, you’d be crazy not to try on top brands like Camper, Tretorn and Frye before heading back out on busy Smith Street. 185 Smith Street between Warren and Wyckoff Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-834-8423,

Classic Kicks
As the name implies, Classic Kicks sells all the popular retro brands, from Vans to Converse to Puma. Pick up the Vans Era sneaker, which features the signature white waffle sole and comes in bright color combos like black/purple and light blue/dark blue ($42); and the extreme Clyde Moth King sneaker by Puma, which shows off a white fur toe and a colorful pattern that represents a bird wings ($85). 298 Elizabeth St between Bleecker and W Houston Sts (212-979-9514,

Flight Club New York
Sell your new or slightly-used sneakers at this Greene Street location and pocket 80 percent of the price once the pair is sold. While you’re waiting to pocket some extra cash, browse the shop’s large selection of sneaks, like the most popular Nike and Kanye West pair, Air Yeezy, which sells for $900, in tan, black/pink and Zen gray. Among other less pricey pairs: the Air Jordan 1 Retro in metallic black with a gold swoosh ($320) and the New Balance Mad Hectic in blue, red and gray ($256). 254 Greene St between Waverly Pl and 8th St (212-505-2330,

For running, training or just-for-fun custom kicks, head to Nike’s one-stop shoe shop. Pick out what styles work best for you by narrowing down options according to width, color, sport, model and other helpful categories. Try on the Shox NZ iD with Shox technology ($130), which uses Nike iD options for customizable colors, the Zoom Vomero + 4 running shoe ($130), or the Air Pegasus + 26 iD road running shoe ($115). 6 E 57th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-891-6453,

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