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Cool Sneaker Stores
The sneaker industry has exploded in popularity over the past few years. Major athletic footwear companies have unleashed a variety of limited edition sneaker styles featuring impressive color combinations, luxurious material mixes and unique collaborations. A fusion of trendy design and clever marketing tactics have made collectible sneakers a hot commodity for sneaker-heads worldwide. Although product design and marketing are at the helm of this commercial craze, none of this would be possible without the presence of the influential sneaker stores that sell these collectible gems. Nowadays, it not uncommon to find long lines of sneaker freaks waiting outside their favorite boutique to pick up the latest pair of limited edition kicks the day they released for purchase.
What started as a craze among a small group of consumers has grown into the primary driving force behind the sneaker scene. Sneaker collecting has become a global phenomenon, as well as an obsessive-compulsive lifestyle for many, and it wouldn be the same without the existence of sneaker boutiques. Many new stores are getting involved in the game,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], but only the cream of the crop have the ability to truly set the tone and actually dictate what cool in the world of sneakers.
Flight Club is a sneaker collector paradise. The store is covered from floor to ceiling with all of the hottest sneakers from yesterday, today and tomorrow. With a setup similar to a sneaker museum, Flight Club sells its footwear based on consignment. If you been desperately trying to track down a pair of mint condition Air Jordan V from 1990, chances are pretty good you find them at Flight Club just be prepared to drop a pretty penny. Only the most exclusive, highly sought-after collectible sneakers are on display. This cool sneaker store has two locations in New York City, and one in Los Angeles.
Dave Quality Meat is a staple on the NYC sneaker scene. One of the first truly unique sneaker boutique concepts in New York, the store is set up like a butcher shop, complete with a meat counter and meat hooks. Serving up some of the finest sneakers, street wear and skateboard products, DQM is a destination spot for local sneaker collectors, as well as those visiting New York City. DQM has collaborated with a bunch of top brands including Nike and Adidas on some of the most creative limited edition sneakers known to man. Just do an internet search on the Nike Air Max 90 Bacon edition and you know exactly what we talking about.
Bodega is one of the choicest cool sneaker stores you ever come across -- if you can find it, that is. A truly unique retail concept, Bodega is hidden in downtown Boston. The store exterior is disguised as an actual bodega grocery store, complete with laundry detergent and soda on display in the store window. Hidden behind closed doors within the store is the actual sneaker boutique, carrying some of the finest footwear and street wear available today. The underground hype surrounding Bodega initial launch quickly turned this cool sneaker store into a must-see destination spot for sneaker hunters across the globe.
Solebox is the spot in Berlin to find anything and everything related to sneaker culture. Having established its reputation as one of the finest and most respected sneaker stores in the world, Solebox has created a loyal following from sneaker enthusiasts across the globe. This sense of community can be attributed to the store friendly atmosphere, plus a consistent supply of the freshest sneakers and apparel on the market. Solebox recently gave back to the sneaker community for the second year in a row by organizing the second installment of Solemart, a show that draws together sneaker industry insiders. The purpose of the show is for manufacturers, sellers and buyers to interact, trade sneakers and socialize,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], sort of like a sneaker swap meet.
HUF was founded in 2002 by Keith Hufnagel,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], a professional skateboarder and street culture icon, with the simple intention of selling products that he couldn find elsewhere in San Francisco. Hufnagel, a NYC native, created the unique retail concept in San Francisco to offer the finest in footwear, street wear and skateboarding gear. Since its inception,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], HUF has become recognized as the official hot spot in San Francisco for premium sneakers and collectible goods. HUF popularity among sneaker-heads and street culture aficionados lead to the creation of the HUF clothing brand. Hufnagel has recently expanded to three store locations, with two spots in San Francisco and a third shop in Los Angeles. Thanks to the store success, HUF has collaborated with many brands including Nike, Adidas, Vans, DVS, and Mosley Tribes.
Livestock is one of the premier sneaker stores in Canada. Originating in Vancouver Gastown district, Livestock was a pioneer in the Canadian collectible sneaker scene and quickly became an official destination spot for local sneaker fiends. The Livestock crew has collaborated on multiple projects with various brands including Adidas, Stussy, eS, DVS, Reigning Champ and The Hundreds. The group has also become known for their annual Livestock Block Party that attracts thousands of people year after year for music, festivities and of course, sneakers. With a firm grasp of the Canadian sneaker scene, Livestock currently operates two locations in Vancouver, a store in Toronto, and a new Calgary location opening in the summer of 2009.
ALIFE Rivington Club opened in 2001 as one of the original sneaker boutiques in New York City. Combining a plush retail space in an unexpected part of town, the Rivington Club was quickly noticed by major footwear companies as the official hot spot to test new concepts. The shop was instrumental in the vintage sneaker revival and helped establish retro sneakers as a regular category within major athletic companies seasonal collections. The Rivington Club backyard space has hosted various limited edition sneaker release parties and musical performances by artists including John Mayer,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], Biz Markie and Clipse. Over the years, ALIFE has grown into a highly regarded lifestyle brand that embodies NYC street culture. The brand has collaborated with the likes of Reebok, Adidas,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], PUMA, Nike, and Saucony. In addition to the Rivington Club, ALIFE has opened flagship stores in NYC, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.
Undefeated can be beat. Recognized by many as one of the original and most highly respected sneaker boutiques in the world, Undefeated has grown from one location in Los Angeles to multiple storefronts with additional locations in Santa Monica, Las Vegas and Tokyo. Perched high above the La Brea location in Los Angeles is the Undefeated Billboard Project, a frequently updated billboard that serves as a giant canvas for both fine artists and street artists. Undefeated has also become one of the most popular street wear labels today, thanks in part to their unmistakable logo. In addition to their own stores, the Undefeated brand is sold at various street wear retailers across the globe and has collaborated with many top athletic companies including Nike, Reebok, PUMA, Converse and New Balance.
Sometimes even sneaker fiends need a break from shopping. Check out our list of Top 5 Manctuaries -- you know, sanctuaries for men -- on Oxford Street in London, and our Top 5 Manctuaries On Fifth Avenue in New York City.


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