A trio of serious sneaker heads with a combined personal collection of 700 pairs is behind this too-cool-for-school shop showcasing exclusive retro sneakers. Yes, you’ll find new designs from Nike, Adidas, Puma, etc., but the focus is on hard-to-find past releases, like the original Jordans from the 90s and early 2000s. ‘Before, kids had to go to the city to get these kinds of exclusive styles,’ says co-owner Chris Quarles. ‘Here they can see them up close and personal.’ One item that’s a must-view? Nike’s Paris SVs. One of only 580 in the world, each features a design individually created by an artist who has since passed away. Also offered: the store’s own brand of varsity jackets, shirts, hats, and Ts; discounted member promotions; on line auction bidding; and special events.
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Serious sneakerheads are flocking to this source for the freshest kicks outside of the City. Forget Keds or country club-appropriate tennis shoes. The brainchild of a trio of collectors whose combined stash exceeds 700 pairs, this too-cool-for-school premium boutique showcases exclusive, hard-to-find past releases, like the original Jordans from the ’90s and early ’00s. One must-see? The handmade Nike Paris SVs, priced at a cool $5,500; only 580 pairs exist worldwide.