Sneaker City: The Best Places to Get Your Kicks in NYC

Run, don’t walk, to these fly sneakerhead havens.

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Modern sneaker culture originated in New York City (do things originate in other places?) when Puma designed a custom pair of suede kicks—aptly named the Clyde—for Knicks point guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Urban street style has been defined by footwear ever since. Whether you’re a bona fide sneakerhead or just want shoes you can actually, you know, exercise in, these NYC shops take shoe shopping to the next level.

Kith Brooklyn

Between the clean aesthetic—white marble floors and white ceramic–colored Air Jordan IIIs hanging from the ceiling—and stunning shoe selection, walking into Kith Brooklyn is like stepping into a proverbial sneaker heaven. After all, any place with Nike Air Foamposites is legit in our book. The Brooklyn outpost’s stock changes frequently, so don’t expect your favorite shoes to stay there long. You can look forward to finding the latest releases from the most popular, high-end brands…as well as really good ice cream. 233 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Heights

Stadium Goods

If you’ve been searching for a specific pair of Air Jordans for a while, there’s a good chance Stadium Goods has them. This shop is fully loaded with retro sneakers and newer ones, like Air Pippens, NMD, Ultra-Boosts, Old Skool Vans, and so much more, all displayed on giant 16-row racks. It even stocks Supreme tees and accessories to match your Sk8-Mid Pros. Oh, and there’s a “trophy case” with the rarest Nike, Adidas, and other sneaker models, ranging from $1,400 to $20,000. Your feet are worth it? 47 Howard Street (between Mercer Street and Broadway), SoHo

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Dover Street Market

Head to Sneaker Space on the basement level of the Dover Street Market for fashion-forward kicks from hip brands like Aprix, Adidas, Converse, Vans, Spalwart, Norman Walsh, and Common Projects. This London transport isn’t playing around when it comes to offering the freshest footwear; its stock includes Adidas EQT, Commes des Garçons Chuck Taylors, and Converse sneaks designed especially for DSM. 160 Lexington Avenue (between East 30th and 31st Streets), Kips Bay

Nike Lab 21M

This specialized Nike store pays homage to the brand’s influence in sport and lifestyle design. You can browse its selection of Nike premiere and limited-edition footwear or design your own one-of-a-kind pair of bespoke sneaks at the store’s popular iD studio. 21 Mercer Street (between Canal and Grand Streets), SoHo

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World of Niche

This exclusive shop is the speakeasy of sneaker stores. You need a hush-hush password to access its website and a one-on-one appointment to browse the goods in person. The effort is worth it: You’ll have the store to yourself, personalized service, and the hottest sneakers around. We don’t want to spoil too much…you’ll have to see for yourself. 66 Bleecker Street (between Crosby Street and Broadway), NoHo


Image is a consignment shop that houses a wide range of sneakers—from collectibles to ones you’ll want to walk out wearing. It offers all the classic and trending kicks—Retro Jordans, Foamposites, NMDs—so you name it, Image has it. Oh, and since a good pair of sneakers are straight-up eye candy, there’s even a vending machine in the store filled with a unique selection of sweet shoes. 135-16 Northern Boulevard, Flushing

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