A solid selection of Nike exclusives for those who don’t mind riding the 7 deep into Queens (73-08 Woodside Ave., Woodside; 718-672-8475).
A reliable source for sturdy Air Trainers and suede Dunk Lows. The biannual sales have serious deals (298 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 212-979-9514).
Streetwear impresario Jeff Ng collaborates with Nike and others to create exclusives for the store (151 Orchard St., nr. Rivington St.; 212-253-0588).
A Bathing Ape
New York’s outpost of the proto-cult Japanese store, and the reason patent-leather and candy-colored sneakers exist (91 Greene St., at Spring St.; 212-925-0222).
A chain store, yes, but with a good stock of affordable and fun footwear like Converse’s multicolored, shimmery striped Chuck Taylors (six locations in the city; go to davidz.com).
A bit pretentious, but still an oasis in cool-starved midtown. Good for retro Nikes (1079 Sixth Ave., at 41st St.; 212-921-4430).
Gently used but impossible-to-find Nikes, Pumas, and Vans make this sneakerhead paradise (120 Nassau St., nr. Beekman St.; 212-233-7178).
Limited editions from major players like Puma, but also some rarities like D.J. Aoki’s Supra NS Velcro-strap skateboard sneakers (203 W. 125th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-666-2242).
For uptown sneaker fiends, with hard-to-finds like Macaroni Air Forces (175 E. 105th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-360-7683).