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Best of New York Shopping 2004

Best Sneaker Stores

Nom De Guerre

  • Photo by Stefan Studer
  • Nort 235

    235 Eldridge Street, 212-777-6102

    If you’re a Nike fetishist Nort often gets exclusive new Nike releases—like the Laser and Artist series—that no other store carries. Every couple of months, you’ll find 200 sneaker freaks lined up overnight, waiting for the latest shipment. Yet there’s no cooler-than-thou attitude.

    Nom De Guerre

    640 Broadway, at Bleecker Street, 212-253-2891

    If you’re styling the next Jay-Z video For only the very hardest-to-find vintage Nikes, head here. Perfect for building that sneaker museum—as long as you have $400 to spare for those red-and-white Supreme Dunks with faux-croc detailing and gold stars.

    Classic Kicks

    298 Elizabeth Street, 212-979-9514

    If you’re not tied down to one brand The place to be when you want to choose from a wide range of retro styles but don’t have time to comb the city. Stock goes from woven slip-on Vans (to match your Bottega bag) to classic (or argyle-print) Reeboks, Le Coq Sportif, Puma, and, of course, Nike.


    665 Broadway, at Bond Street, 212-358-8726

    Active Wearhouse

    514 Broadway, near Spring Street, 212-965-2284

    If you’re on an assistant’s salary Where to go if you’re desperate for those new New Balances but can’t even think about spending $80 on them. They have the best (and most frequent) sales—sometimes 40 to 60 percent off the entire store. Active reopens April 1.

    Adidas Original Store

    136 Wooster Street, 212-777-2001

    If you’re old old-school The largest selection of original Adidas styles in the city, with an eighties hip-hop soundtrack to match. Look for classic running shoes from the 1956 Melbourne Olympics or the ultra-retro Boston Super ($120).

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine