The 25 First Collaborations Of Today’s Best Collaborators

With collab portfolios seemingly getting thicker every week, we look back at the first collab efforts from some of your favorite collaborators in the game today! From shops, magazines and artists all across the globe, sneaker companies have continually used collaborations to generate excitement for their brand, introduce a new audience to an older silhouette or celebrate a particular anniversary/milestone...just to name a few. With some of these releases dating back to probably before you were even into sneakers or learned about a particular shop/brand, how many of these can you say you were familiar with? Take a look and let us know in the comments section below which of these first collabs you still have in the 'ol collection.

Supreme

Sneaker: Supreme x Vans Old Skool
Year: 1996

Now pretty much known as the king of collabs, particularly for their resume of dope Nike releases, Supreme has been dropping fire footwear for nearly two decades now. But, despite all the hype their releases garner these days, their first sneaker collab harkens back to the brand’s roots. They were of course, started as a skate company. Which is why the Vans Old Skool was a perfect canvas to get the collab portfolio started on. Dropping in three colorways – two camo and one 3M joint – these Old Skools are understated and perfect.

atmos

Sneaker: atmos x Nike Dunk Low & Air Force 1 Low
Year: 2001

When you hear about a new atmos collab, you almost always think of some crazy-limited Air Max, often done up in some loud animal or camo print that you’ll probably never be able to get your hands on. But, the Japanese boutique’s first foray into sneaker collaboration came in a much more neutral tone. In 2001, we were served with a double dose of Nike and atmos, teaming up on both low top silos of the Air Force 1 and the Dunk.

Footpatrol

Sneaker: Footpatrol x Nike Air Epic Hyperstrike
Year: 2003

When brands and shops get together to collab on a sneaker, nostalgia is often used as the catalyst for bringing lesser-known silhouettes back from the dead. As was the case when London-based Footpatrol got their feet wet in collaboration with Nike. Digging through the vaults, Footpatrol and Nike chose to bring back the Nike Air Epic in a suitably gloomy colorway. Unfortunately for most sneakerheads, exclusivity ruled over this release, as it got dubbed a hyperstrike and was limited to a rumored 24 pairs.

Sneakersnstuff

Sneaker: Sneakersnstuff x Puma Basket Hemp
Year: 2003

To say that Sweden-based footwear hub Sneakersnstuff has really honed their craft in recent years, would be both accurate and short-sighted. They have dropped some excellent collabs of-late. But they’ve actually been putting out that heat since way back in 2003. To kick things off, SNS did its thing on this super clean Puma Basket in a neutral hemp material. Limited to just 136 individually numbered pairs, these Baskets are awesome.

Stash

Sneaker: Stash x Nike Air Force 1 High
Year: 2003

With numerous classic sneaker collabs under his belt, Josh “Stash” Franklin has undoubtedly put his mark on the game. Though widely known for his infamous Air Max 95, in a now trademark palette of blue hues, it was his first collab with Nike that set the mark for how a collaboration should be done. Now considered one of the best Nike collabs in most circles, 2003’s graffiti nozzle “Stash” Air Force 1 High is an icon all it’s own.

Futura

Sneaker: Futura x Nike SB Dunk Low
Year: 2003

Graffiti artist Futura has been getting down with Nike for a long time now, and the results to this point have been fantastic. While most folks know of Futura through his legendary designs on the likes of the UNKLE or FLOM Dunk Highs, his first collab with Nike actually came back in 2003, with this SB Dunk Low. Dubbed simply the “Futura” colorway, a lot of folks overlook this collab, simply because of the understated colorway. But one thing to make note of is, at a time when folks primarily did their uppers in one material (suede, leather, etc), the Futura Dunks opted to combine mesh, suede and leather to add an interesting contrast to this seemingly simple colorway.

Pharrell

Sneaker: N.E.R.D. x Nike Dunk High
Year: 2004

You already know that style gawd Pharrell has collaborated on everything from clothing to perfume to furniture. But we’re super excited to see what else his deal with adidas brings to fruition. Prior to his work with BAPE and the gents at adidas, Skateboard P got his first footwear collab teaming up with Nike on the excellent “N.E.R.D.” Dunk High. Releasing in 2004, Pharrell’s Dunks are interesting, not only because of how dope they are, but also because their so subtle. Always known for his epic style, it’s interesting to look back at his first footwear collab and see such conservative composition. Oh, how times have changed.

Jeff Staple

Sneaker: Jeff Staple x Nike Air Max 90 “Navigation Pack”
Year: 2004

While everyone and their mother knows about Jeff Staple’s legendary “Pigeon” Dunks, not many folks know about his footwear collabs prior to that 2005 release. Teaming up with Nike a few times prior to the Pigeons, Staple got the chance to help design one of Nike’s “City Pack” releases; 2004’s Navigation Pack. Adorned with a pattern resembling an aerial view of New York City, Staple actually got down on both a men’s and women’s colorway. Of course, the very next year, he’d be asked to take part in designing an SB Dunk, and thus creating the Pigeon legacy.

Kanye West

Sneaker: Kanye West x Nike Air 180
Year: 2005

When Kanye’s sneaker legacy is finished being written, there’s no doubt that the Nike Air Yeezy series will stand out as the tipping point. However, most people aren’t aware of the design work he did before the Yeezy. In fact, the Air Yeezy wasn’t even Ye’s first collab with Nike. Back in 2005-06, after the success of the College Dropout album, Ye teamed up with Nike to hit up the classic Air 180. The result was this excellent animal print-clad banger. Unfortunately for us, these babies were a friends and family release that never made it to retail. We wouldn’t get a Kanye sneaker collab at retail until 2006’s Dropout-themed Bapesta.

Sole Collector

Sneaker: Sole Collector x Nike Air Presto “Honolulu”
Year: 2005

We’ve already professed our love for Sole Collector’s work here in the past. But, if you’re looking for more reasons why, look no further than their very first sneaker collaboration; the “Honolulu” Nike Air Presto. Released at a Honolulu NikeTown event in 2005, these aloha-themed Prestos were limited to just 48 pairs and, naturally, sold out instantly.

Dave White

Sneaker: Dave White x Nike Air Max 90 “Neon”
Year: 2005

While many of us are most familiar with artist Dave White’s high-profile work with Jordan Brand, his first footwear collab predates those 1s by the better part of a decade. Often credited as the pioneer of the “sneaker art” movement, his art even hangs in the hallways and offices at Nike HQ. So White was an obvious choice to get the nod on a collab when Nike was putting together 2005’s “Neon” or “Wet Paint” pack. For his part, White chose to create a modern take on the iconic Air Max 95s “Neon” colorway, on the equally excellent Air Max 90. These are just so dope.

Solebox

Sneaker: Solebox x New Balance 1500GGB “1 of 150″
Year: 2005

When you think of the Mt. Rushmore of sneaker collaborators, if you’re not including Hikmet and the folks at Berlin’s Solebox, you better think again. Known world-wide for some of the finest collabs the sneaker world has ever seen, Solebox has that fire. But it all began in 2005, with the “1 of 150″ New Balance 1500GGB. Just a prelude to their brilliance (particularly with regard to their New Balance work), these 1500s are so clean.

Patta

Sneaker: Patta x Nike Air Max 1 “Amsterdam”
Year: 2005

Oh, Patta. Perhaps no other shop has ever had as many highly regarded sneaker collabs as Amsterdam’s Patta. And their first forray into collabs was a legend in the making. Interestingly, the folks at Patta didn’t actually design these beauties, Dutch artist Parra did (Patta oversaw the project). Even more interestingly, the legendary colorway we know today, almost never was. Initially, the intended colorway for the “Amsterdam” Nike Air Max 1 was a very dope blue and orange pair, inspired by the colors of a local supermarket in the Netherlands. However, before the shoes were pushed into production, the store chain switched up their brand identity, including those infamous colors. So Parra did away with the original design, in favor of the colorway we’re all familiar with today. Inspired by the neon glow of nighttime in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, these 1s are some of the best ever. Though there are some samples of the original colorway floating around, we’d really like to see those release sometime in the future.

Undefeated

Sneaker: Undefeated x Pro-Keds Royal
Year: 2005

LA’s Undefeated has been grinding! Nowadays known for their almost quarterly collabs with major brands like Nike, Converse and adidas, UNDFTD has gone from local boutique to full-fledged streetwear label. But their first sneaker collab came by way of the iconic label Pro-Keds. Teaming up to drop this military themed Royal, these canvas high tops dropped prior to all their work with Nike, way back in the spring of 2005.

UBIQ

Sneaker: UBIQ x Reebok Court Victory Pump & Ventilator
Year: 2005

Released on Black Friday 2005, Philly’s UBIQ blessed us with their very first collaboration, an excellent take on two classic Reebok silhouettes. Taking their shot at both the Court Victory Pump, and the infamous Ventilator, UBIQ gave us this slick maroon and beige colorway. Trimmed up with olive green hits and the always-welcome gum soles, these were a really tough collab. Not only aesthetically, but with only 48 pairs released in each silo, they were difficult kicks to get your hands on as well.

Bape

Sneaker: BAPE x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Ox
Year: 2006

We covered these BAPE Chucks in our previous collab post, but 2006s team-up with Converse signaled a big change for BAPE as a brand. Prior to it, the company had been pushing out nothing but their own “inspired” versions of already classic silhouettes like the Bapesta. But these All Star Ox’s marked their first footwear collaboration, and also the first time we saw that “Ape Camo” on a sneaker.

Sneaker Freaker

Sneaker: Sneaker Freaker x Lacoste Missouri 85 “Minty Fresh”
Year: 2006

Another one of our favorite sneaker publications, Sneaker Freaker, is also a very accomplished collaborator. After getting their magazine off the ground in 2002, it wasn’t long before they had a steady circulation and were looking to take it to the next level. Fast forward to 2006, and every significant shop and designer is getting down on a footwear collab of some kind, and Sneaker Freaker wanted in on it too. One of the things we like most about SF, is their penchant for choosing nontraditional silhouettes to collab on (like their famous Blaze of Glory Pumas). Sure, they could have gone with an Air Force 1, or a pair of Chucks. But for their first collab, the boys from Sneaker Freaker chose to team up with Lacoste on a silo that hadn’t been seen since the mid 80s, the Missouri. Done up in a classic white/black/grey colorway, the Missouris are offset with nice hits of mint. Released in typical Sneaker Freaker fashion (ie, super limited and hard to get), these were an excellent stepping stone to help put Sneaker Freaker on the global map.

Blends

Sneaker: Blends x Nike Air Max 95
Year: 2006

Though perhaps most well known for their fantastic collaborations with Vans, Southern California footwear staple Blends began their collaborative portfolio with this wild tag team with Nike. Using exclusive iD options, Blends was allowed to create this collab back in 2006, releasing just 95 pairs, and breaking a lot of hearts along the way. Utilizing black buffalo skin, neon and white patent leather and those super loud blue laces, these 95s were an ultra-tough cop.

Ronnie Fieg

Sneaker: Ronnie Fieg x David Z. x Asics Gel Lyte III “252 Pack”
Year: 2007

Ronnie Fieg is often credited with breathing life into the Asics lifestyle division with his unique designs of their Gel Lyte silhouettes. And it all started in 2007. After moving his way up from the stock room to become the head buyer for New York’s David Z, he got the opportunity to collaborate with Asics on this trio of Gel Lyte IIIs, dubbed the “252 Pack.” Releasing just 252 pair of each colorway, the pair pictured above was the first to drop. The other two colorways were released at a Complex release party and online. After garnering enough hype to justify a cover appearance on the Wall Street Jounral (!), the rest was a wrap.

Bodega

Sneaker: Bodega x Converse Jack Purcell Mid “Lumberjack Collection”
Year: 2007

For their first footwear collaboration, Bodega teamed up with Converse to create an excellent Jack Purcell that fits perfectly within the Boston-based shop’s storefront. Packaged in a resealable bag, and done up in a meaty brown leather, these Purcell mids are set off by a healthy dose of black and red lumberjack flannel. That’s the one thing we’ve always loved about Bodega’s collabs, they’ve always got an awesome theme and very detail-oriented packaging to go with it. It’s the little things.

Concepts

Sneaker: Concepts x New Balance 576
Year: 2007

Concepts has made a name for itself with top-notch collab designs and crazy releases that have folks lining up, often in the cold, for days at a time. But it all started back in 2007, as one would expect, with their Massachusetts neighbors New Balance, on this excellent 576. Look, the UCLA-like colorway might not be for everyone. We actually dig them. But, what we love most about this particular collab is the variety and detail of materials used. Peep the pebbled white leather, the plush blue and yellow nubuck, and just a couple quick hits of white patent leather. This collab was a perfect start to a partnership that has benefitted sneakerheads for some time now

DJ Clark Kent

Sneaker: DJ Clark Kent x Nike “112 Pack”
Year: 2008

If there is a more appropriate way to start your collaborative portfolio, we can’t think of one better than DJ Clark Kent’s beloved “112 Pack.” For those of you unfamiliar, Kent is from Brooklyn, in which all zip codes start with “112.” In what has become a go-to Nike colorway, Kent got down with this pack of “1” silhouettes. Featuring an Air Max 1, an Air Force 1 and an Air Trainer 1 Mid, the “112 Pack” ensured summer 2008 really brought that HEAT!

Nice Kicks

Sneaker: Nice Kicks x Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III
Year: 2009

Oh, you thought them Yeezys started the all red wave? Nah, neither did these fire Asics GL3s done up back in 2009 by Ronnie Fieg and the good folks over at Nice Kicks. But, they did put RF, Nice Kicks and the Gel Lyte III silhouette onto the radars of a lot of sneakerheads. Back in ’09, Ronnie teamed up with three well-known blogs (Nice Kicks, Highsnobiety, and Culture Shoq) to drop these fantastic collaborative Gel Lyte IIIs. For their first collab, Nice Kicks really showed out.

A.P.C.

Sneaker: A.P.C. x Vans Authentic & Chukka
Year: 2011

French menswear label A.P.C. has really been making a name for itself lately. With high-profile get-downs alongside the likes of Louis Wong and Kanye West, they’ve also begun to dabble in sneaker collaborations as well. But, while everyone knows about their recent drops with Nike (those gum soled Air Max 1s are just so dope), their sneaker portfolio started off a bit more humble with Vans. Initially teaming up in 2011 on three shoes, A.P.C. approached this collaboration with the same understated premium quality that has made their Nike drops so popular. Encompassing three pairs of Authentic’s and a pair of Chukka’s, A.P.C.’s high-quality, low-flash Vans are perfect.

Extra Butter

Sneaker: Extra Butter x Reebok Pump AXT “Achoo”
Year: 2011

You see, when people talk about sneakers telling a story, this is the kind of off-the-wall stuff we love to see. The boys at Extra Butter really went in on their first collab, 2011’s “Achoo” Reebok Pump AXT. Yes, Achoo is the sound you make when you sneeze, but it was also the name of Dave Chappelle’s character in the cult-classic Robin Hood: Men in Tights. A wonderfully random and equally awesome idea to model a sneaker after, this clean Pump is colored up to resemble Achoo’s wardrobe when he’s introduced into the film. And the interesting way EB decided which silo to collab on? In the movie, there is a fight scene in which Chappelle’s Achoo calls time out, and stops to pump up his Reeboks before resuming the medieval brawl. See? Sometimes this stuff figures itself out!

BAIT

Sneaker: BAIT x Saucony Shadow 6000 “Blue Apple”
Year: 2012

If you haven’t already noticed, Southern Cali’s BAIT has been putting out some fire collabs in recent years. But, one you thing you might have missed, is that most of them come in a variation of their signature BAIT colorways: blue (B), apple (A), ivory (I), and tan (T). Their first collab, this banger with Saucony, on the classic Shadow 6000, was dubbed the “Blue Apple.” Designed as an homage to the original ‘bait,’ the Garden of Eden’s forbidden fruit, this Saucony is a real head-turner.

Packer Shoes

Sneaker: Packer Shoes x Reebok Pump “20th Anniversary”
Year: 2009

It’s crazy to think that it took until 2009 for one of America’s oldest sneaker stores, Packer Shoes, to get their first collaboration, but here we are. Our favorite part of this particular collab is that it also rectifies a long-standing sneaker snub; giving the legendary Dominique Wilkins his own sneaker. Back in ’09, the boys at Packer were tabbed to help Reebok celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pump silo, and did so by giving Nique some much deserved shine. Dialing up a colorway that could’ve easily passed for a signature sneaker, Packer really put it down on this one. It’s just a shame that there were only a scant 31 pairs released to the public.

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15 Designers/Labels We’d Like To See Get A Jordan Collab

Packer Shoes

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan XI

You know we couldn’t do a collab feature and not include Supreme, the undisputed king of Nike collabs. What we appreciate the most about Supreme is their variety. Not only do they hit up mainstream silhouettes like the Foamposites, with wild style, but they also dip into the vault with the likes of old-school kicks like the Tennis Classics or Bruins. That said, we can think of no other silo that we’d love to see Supreme get down with than the iconic Air Jordan XI. We know, we think just mentioning this proposal broke the internet a little bit. The hype behind this collab could be one for the record books if it ever went down.

Riccardo Tisci

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan I

We love the recent Nike Air Force One collabs with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci and think his style would look fantastic applied to the legendary Air Jordan I. The only things we don’t like about this idea would be the price tag, and the inevitable line ups.

Saint Laurent

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan I

Saint Laurent already puts out some pretty awesome high-top kicks of their own. And yeah, they may have ‘borrowed’ some inspiration from the Air Jordan I line. But ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ and all, right? That’s why we feel the most appropriate collab for Saint Laurent to get down with would be a “proper” Air Jordan I. You know they already like the silo!

Dover Street Market

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan II

The Dover Street Market x Nike Air Python was one of the best collabs of 2013, and certainly one of our favorites. We’d love to see that same simple, but luxurious style applied to the similarly sized Air Jordan II. We think it’d be a great way to continue the reemergence of what is currently an under appreciated AJ silo.

Concepts

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan III

Without a doubt, Boston-based retailer Concepts is one of the premier sneaker shops in the world, and have dropped some of the best collabs anyone has ever seen (Kennedy’s anyone?). What better silo for the boys from Beantown to tackle than the iconic Air Jordan III? This could be a game-changer.

A.P.C.

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan IV

French brand A.P.C. has steadily assembled an impressive resume of Nike collabs, particularly those excellent Air Max 1 drops. So, you know they love the trainers. Which is why we’d love to see their take on the most “trainer-esque” silhouette in the Jordan Brand stable, the Air Jordan IV. We can’t stop thinking about denim uppers and gumsoles.

Ronnie Fieg

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan IV

Can you imagine the hype behind an Air Jordan x Ronnie Fieg collab? So while the hype might scare a few folks off, let’s be real: Ronnie is one of the best in the game, and an AJ x RF collab would be out of this world. We’ve seen RF get down with plenty of varieties of silhouettes, but his work on low tops is pretty unmatchable. Which is why we’ve selected the mid-cut Air Jordan IV as the silo we’d most like to see Ronnie collab on. Can you imagine how sick a “Cove” IV would look? Fire.

HTM

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan V

Even if you might not actually own many of them, just think back for a second about all the amazing HTM designs that have graced your favorite Nike silhouettes. The combination of Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker may be the most powerful and significant union in the entire sneaker industry. Which is why we’d go crazy over an HTM Air Jordan V (as would pretty much every sneakerhead in the world).

Mastermind

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan V

While most of Japanese brand Mastermind’s recent collabs have been of the adidas, three-striped variety, just imagining a Mastermind x Air Jordan collab gets us hyped. Imagine their traditional, high-quality black leather murdering out the iconic Air Jordan V. Perhaps a skull logo somewhere in there…damn, these would go hard.

Kanye West

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan VI

Okay okay, so this one may be a bit far-fetched, considering his current sneaker deal. But, as you all know, sneaker deals do end. And one day Yeezus will be a free agent again, meaning he could (theoretically) get down with JB and Nike again. Love it or hate it, you have to admit; everything Kanye has put his artistic inspiration into thus far in his career is, at the very least, interesting and entertaining to watch. And, we’ve also seen ‘Ye’s affinity for the Air Jordan VI, which is why it’s the silo we’d most like to see him collab on. Pretty sure we just saw someone line up for these already.

DJ Clark Kent

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan VII

DJ Clark Kent’s collabs with Nike are among our very favorite, and the “112” colorway he’s established is spectacular. Now, we know that Clark is more than a one-trick pony, but we can’t stop thinking about how awesome it’d be to see the memorable “112” colorway on an Air Jordan. We think it’d work particularly well on the Air Jordan VII.

A Bathing Ape

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan VIII

BAPE is one of those brands that has collaborated on almost everything under the sun. Almost. What they haven’t hit up, yet anyway, is an Air Jordan. And we think the perfect fit for Bape’s unique style is the equally unique Air Jordan VIII. We know they’ve done camo eight ways from Sunday. But that iconic Bape camo would look amazing on the Jordan 8s lateral paneling in our minds.

Pigalle

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan VIII

Now, Pigalle has recently dropped some very, very dope Nike collabs, so we feel this one is actually not that far-fetched. Especially considering their recent take on the strapped-up Nike Air Raid. So, what better Air Jordan silhouette for Pigalle to go after than the Air Jordan VIII? This could be really dope.

Supreme

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan XI

You know we couldn’t do a collab feature and not include Supreme, the undisputed king of Nike collabs. What we appreciate the most about Supreme is their variety. Not only do they hit up mainstream silhouettes like the Foamposites, with wild style, but they also dip into the vault with the likes of old-school kicks like the Tennis Classics or Bruins. That said, we can think of no other silo that we’d love to see Supreme get down with than the iconic Air Jordan XI. We know, we think just mentioning this proposal broke the internet a little bit. The hype behind this collab could be one for the record books if it ever went down.

size?

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan XII

While UK retailer size? has had an unbelievable run with Nike collabs lately (not to mention excellent work with other brands), they’ve yet to score themselves an Air Jordan collab. And, while it may be a bit far fetched, we absolutely love size?’s style and penchant for old-school trainer colorways. We’d love to see their take on the Air Jordan XII. While there have been some awesome colorways of the XII, it hasn’t seen as many “new” colorways as some of the other AJ silos. These could be epic.

Mark McNairy

Proposed Silhouette: Air Jordan XIV

While Mark McNairy might not be the first name that comes to mind when dreaming up Air Jordan collaborations, we think it could be tremendously successful. Though he’s mostly known for his high-quality dress shoes, we’d love to see McNasty’s vibrantly-colored sole-swapping take place on something like the Air Jordan XIV. We feel like the 14s just have the perfect lines for McNairy’s trademark style.

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The 25 Best Sneaker Stores in New York City

Mark McNairy

When it comes to streetwear brands collaborating with sneaker companies, no one is really messing with Supreme – anything they put out is shutting the block down in the matter of minutes. Bring a chair, you might need it.

Web: http://www.supremenewyork.com/

274 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-966-7799

21 Mercer

Even if you have never been, you’ve caught 21 Mercer on your favorite sneaker blog thanks to insane lines for great releases. One of the best spots in NY with the hottest Nike releases and Quickstrikes, the Bespoke AF1 experience is a must if you’re looking for a pair of customs straight from The Swoosh. It’s always a fresh experience, live from the Mercer.

Web: http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/

21 Mercer St
New York, NY 10013

Phone: 212-226-5433

adidas Originals

adidas Originals has been keeping it classic for a few decades but the past few years the brand has really pushed things to another level, challenging other brands with new colorways and designs to its lifestyle and skateboarding lines. The whole front of the adidas Originals SoHo shop is garage doors, so on perfect NYC days, it’s like shopping outdoors.

Web: http://www.adidas.com/com/originals/

136 Wooster St
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-673-0398

Alumni

Formerly Rugged Sole, Alumni champions itself in having great styles and selections and is another store that is a little more upscale but still keeps it street. You can find the latest options from Nike, Vans and adidas Originals, as well as selections from Red Wing.

Web: http://alumniofny.com/

298 Utica Ave.
New York, NY 11213

Phone: 718-953-4696

atmos

Taking things from the Far East to the East Coast, Japan’s atmos put up a shop in the heart of Harlem, offering customers the best Jordan releases, limited Nike releases, and hard-to-find adidas Originals (atmos is the spot to go for Jeremy Scott collabs uptown), not to mention complementary gear. Everything good isn’t always downtown.

Web: http://www.atmosnyc.com/

203 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-666-2242

Blades

With two locations in the city, Blades is one of the hottest skate shops carrying the latest Nike SB Quickstrike’s and streetwear goods so you can kick and push in the dopest styles. They also stock the latest offerings from Vans, as well as a wide array of different skate shoe brands.

Web: http://www.blades.com/

659 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-477-7350

156 West 72nd St.
New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212-787-3911

Central Sports

You may not find all the crazy hyped Saturday releases here but if you are trying to find something clean or maybe a slept-on classic, this is one of the best spots to hit and one you may not think of. Central Sports carries a lot of different brands too from Nike, Jordan and adidas to the latest Nike SB drops.

Web: http://www.centralsport.com/

1412 Kings Highway
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Phone: 718-376-9383

David Z.

Serving NYC sneaker fans since the early ’80s, David Z has five locations in the city where you can get your fix from brands such as Asics, adidas, Timberland, Clarks and Red Wing.

Web: http://www.davidz.com/

384 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10018

Phone: 917-351-1484

620 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-477-3826

556 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-431-5450

12 East 14th St.
New York, NY 10003

Phone: 212-229-4790

846 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-459-0258

DQM

DQM has been holding it down for quite some time now, doing collabs with the likes of Nike, adidas and Vans. The original shop on East 3rd is still going strong with product from Vans, Nike SB, adidas and HUF.

Web: http://www.dqmnewyork.com/

7 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10003

Phone: 212-505-7551

Flight Club

Even if you’ve never made a trip to the city that never sleeps, you know about Flight Club. Yeah, the consignment shop prices might seem like a bit much for the Kicks Deal-savvy types that troll the internets for great prices, but when it comes to the reassurance that you are getting a legit product in great condition that hasn’t been on retail shelves for a minute, Flight Club.

Web: http://www.flightclubny.com/

812 Broadway St
New York, NY 10003

Phone: 888-937-8020

The General (Vans DQM)

Opening up just a couple years ago in the fall of 2011, The General is an all-Vans outfit from the DQM team. Featuring a ton of options from all the different lines – Vault, California Collection, etc. – and boasting clothing selections as well, The General is a must visit for any big Vans fan. The aesthetic appeal of the shop is terrific and if you time it right, maybe you can be around to catch an exclusive collab available.

Web: http://www.vansdqm.com/

93 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013

Phone: 212-226-7776

Goliath

With its doors open now for almost a decade, Goliath RF is a detailed-designed sneaker boutique carrying the likes of Reebok, Nike, New Balance and Timberland. You can also find the racks and shelves lined with the latest offerings from the hottest streetwear brands.

Web: http://www.goliathny.com/

175 E 105th St
New York, NY 10029

Phone: 212-360-7683

House of Hoops - Harlem

Harlem World has been holding down the sneaker game since the beginning. You can’t even rep the borough without rocking some fly kicks. Lucky for you there is a House of Hoops in the neighborhood to keep you laced and looking fresh.

Web: http://houseofhoops.footlocker.com/

628 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-316-1667

House of Hoops - Manhattan

The Manhattan location opened up in 2011 and has been poppin’ ever since. The perks – they receive some limited quantities of Jordans and other Nike’s (including the LeBron X Championship Pack) that other sneaker shops never get. The downside – there is a million NYC “sneakerheads” that didn’t even know Ewing had his own brand but still need the latest “hot” release.

Web: http://houseofhoops.footlocker.com/

11 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212-971-9449

Kith - Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s in the house. Fieg’s takeover was two spots in The Big Apple, dominating the city in a way very few can. The Manhattan spot and BK representation keep spreading his name and collabs to NYC and worldwide.

Web: http://shop.kithnyc.com/

233 Flatbush Ave
New York, NY 11217

Phone: 347-821-4206

Kith - Manhattan

After building in the game for over a decade with David Z., it was time for Ronnie Fieg to do his own thing. Slaying web servers in the matter of minutes with his ASICS and Sebago collabs, Fieg started his Kith and Kin crew and stores that featured as much aesthetic value with the decor as with the sneakers – Manhattan style to the fullest.

Web: http://shop.kithnyc.com/

644 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 646-648-6285

Michael K.

If you’re making the rounds in SoHo with some spending money in your pocket, Michael K. is worth a visit as they boast a large selection of brands and a lot of variety.

452 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-334-9088

Niketown

It doesn’t get much better than Niketown – it’s like the Nike Store online, but in real life! The massive store features sneakers for every situation or sport you might find yourself getting into, not to mention the dope limited drops and apparel for chilling or hooping at the park. Nice location, too – if you buy runners, you can head right into Central Park.

Web: http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/

6 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-891-6453

Premium Goods

A great selection of Vans and Nike’s, it’s one of the best boutiques in the neighborhood. It’s not the biggest store but it also saves you from spending 30 minutes searching through the racks.

Web: http://www.premiumgoods.net/

347 5th Ave
New York, NY 11215

Phone: 718-369-7477

Premium Laces

Keeping it clean and simple, Premium Laces has a steady rotation of great Vans, New Balance and Supra releases, as well as other classics to prevent you from going full hypebeast. Don’t sleep though as Nike and Jordan options line the shelves too.

Web: http://premiumlacesny.com/

68 Spring St.
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-334-4939

Reed Space

While Reed Space is definitely your go-to to cop the latest Staple goods and a terrific selection of streetwear and sneaker-related publications, you can also find a very nice selection of kicks from brands such as New Balance, Vans, Pointer, HUF, adidas Originals and Converse just to name a few. One stop at Reed and you’re sure to lace your look from head to toe.

Web: http://thereedspace.com/

151 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002

Phone: 212-253-0588

Rime

If the shoe looks awesome on foot then Rime probably has them in stock, or did at one point. In business since 2007, the store stocks up some of the best lifestyle and retro kicks that should garner you more than a few IG likes. And we’re talking the latest drops from Nike, Ewing Athletics, New Balance, adidas Originals and plenty more.

Web: http://www.rimenyc.com/

157 Smith St
New York, NY 11201

Phone: 718-797-0675

167 East 87 St
New York, NY 10128

Phone: 212-837-2375

The Rivington Club

One of the best upscale sneaker shopping experiences downtown, ALIFE’s Rivington Club should be a model for other stores. Once the place to for the hottest Nike’s, now they stock primarily grown-man material like ALIFE’s own line and shoes from Pointer. There’s still no sign, and you’ll need to ring the bell to be allowed in. Very Rare.

Web: http://www.alifenyc.com/

158 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

Phone: 212-375-8128

Soula Shoes

Jordans and LeBron’s aren’t for everyone and Soula Shoes gives people some great alternative choices for someone looking for a more toned down or grown look.

Web: http://www.soulashoes.com/

185 Smith St.
New York, NY 10023

Phone: 718-834-8423

Supreme

When it comes to streetwear brands collaborating with sneaker companies, no one is really messing with Supreme – anything they put out is shutting the block down in the matter of minutes. Bring a chair, you might need it.

Web: http://www.supremenewyork.com/

274 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-966-7799

West 147

When a store gets a collaboration with a brand like New Balance it usually means that they are ringing out in the streets. West 147 has been the slanging crack on the Upper est Side for years and doesn’t seem to be having any issues clearing the shelves.

Web: http://www.westnyc.com/

147 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212-787-8595

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