- Alife Rivington Club
158 Rivington Street, 212-375-8128
There is nowhere else where sneakers—cobbled bits of rubber, leather, and nylon lace—are treated with such reverence. Hidden down a tenement hallway (there’s no sign; just buzz) on the Lower East Side is the Rivington Club, where sneakers are curated with precision and displayed on a polished wooden shelf. But the real reason you come here is for the wild mix of everything from vintage Air Jordans to hard-to-find woven Nikes to Adidas Sambas in psychedelic color combinations that would never reach your neighborhood Foot Locker. Prices are $55 up to $800 for a pair of crystal-studded Adidas.
Best Hip Sneakers
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).