Get your kicks at these sneaker stores—NYC can be a miserable place to walk in anything but flat shoes, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style. There are shoe stores all over NYC that are home to a range of footwear styles, from old-school pairs to Kanye-approved concept shoes to budget-friendly options. (Yes, you can even find great shoes at consignment shops.) There’s also the ideal gear for sweating it out at your favorite fitness classes without killing your feet. Feeling overwhelmed? We also picked out our favorite pair at each shop, so you know exactly what to look for.
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Best sneaker stores in NYC
Owner Gene Han transformed the former Rugged Sole shop into a sneakerhead’s dream—walls are lined with hundreds of kicks from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Vans and Converse. Although you’ll find a small assortment of guys’ streetwear staples from G-Star, Only NY and Play Cloths, sneakers for men ($50–$300) and women ($45–$250) are the store’s specialty.
Standout sneaks: Adidas x Quickstrike x Complex Superstar 80s
Quickstrike, the popular sneaker series from Complex, is making its return. The main feature is its camo premium leather upper, but those metallic gold accents don’t hurt either.
It’s easy to miss this small but well-appointed unmarked shop, which has been dishing out street-inspired menswear since 2001. Immediately next door with a separate entrance is Alife’s footwear shop, which is modeled after a retro gentlemen’s club and carries Alife-brand kicks, alongside other labels like Nike and Adidas. The main attraction is various Alife collabo shoes (past collaborations include all-white leather Nike Air Force 1s from 2009 for $225).
Standout sneaks: Ewing Athletic Eclipse ‘Olympic’
The store features the first-ever return of Patrick Ewing’s sneakers worn during the 1992 Olympics, the Ewing Eclipse. Just in time for this summer’s games, complete with special packaging and a faux gold medal, this shoe comes in white, gold and black.
Originally a pop-up, this store is now open for good here in NYC. Not only is the shop bathed in natural light, it's also stocked with their Concepts Holy Grail pack, Adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Pirate Black’ and Drake x Air Jordan 10 Retro ‘OVO.’ There are plenty of more affordable (but just as cool) options, too.
Standout sneaks: Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel
Want Nikes that are classy enough to wear to the office (almost)? These sleek, breathable and comfortable kicks are the way to go.
Not only is this one of the best shops in the city, but it’s one of the most fun. The guys there are known to throw in-store parties, and one of the sneaker release bashes even included its own halal truck parked outside. Oh, and if you don't come for the parties, come for the selection of Jordans.
Standout sneaks: Air Jordan Men’s 1 Mid
Inspired by the original Air Jordan, this upgraded version is made with modern materials but still looks as great as it did in 1985.
It’s an offshoot of a Japanese hip-hop boutique located in Harlem and likely won’t be sold out of the shoes that you aren’t able to get in Soho. Peep the sneaks arranged in blue cubbyholes lining the walls, keeping an eye out for rare Jordans and Nikes.
Standout sneaks: Puma Men’s Clyde ‘Away'
There are only 759 pairs of these available. They're a salute to the number of games Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier played with the New York Knicks, and each comes with a number on the heel.