25 West 45th Street
1079 Sixth Avenue
Ghostface Killah, proud owner of more than 100 pairs of Wallabees, is the shoe-obsessed Wu-Tang Clan's most fanatic devotee, and when he needs new sneakers (a frequent occurrence), Ghostface goes to Training Camp: "I just call Udi, and he'll lace me up with the hot new joints, or Uptowns, or whatever I'm feeling like." Udi Avshalom, the store's Israeli-born owner, has been selling shoes since he was 12. "Footwear is my addiction," he claims. "The only thing I like more than footwear is, um, my wife -- no, that's a tie -- but my kids, my two girls which God just gave me, them I definitely like more." He stocks a wide range of brands and styles for reasonable prices, follows his own instincts, and in the process has gained a large following in the hip-hop world, attracting customers like Puff Daddy, Jay-Z, and Cappadonna, among others. All the major brands are available, as well as old-school Air Jordans and Bo Jacksons, and harder-to-find lines like Avirex, Phat Farm, and Royal Elastics, for prices between $30 and $100.
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