Half of the sneaker game is knowing what kicks are out when, and which shops have them. Our Shelf Space column looks at what shops around the country are stocking in a given week, and gives a quick glimpse into the mind of the buyer/manager/owner who put them there.

Yesterday we were invited to a sneak preview of Converse's new flagship store, set to open on Black Friday on Broadway in lower Manhattan. Following on the heels of the just-opened Boston flagship, the New York location boasts the largest selection of Converse gear in the world, stocking everything from the First String line to special releases and a unique iD experience lab in the back of the store. Jonathan Tappan, Converse's General Merchandising Manager took us through the sneakers that will go on sale when the store opens on Friday. Hit the jump for a sneak peak at what the Converse flagship retail store will be stocking on its shelves.

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Woolrich for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, $90
"This special collaboration with Woolrich makes for a more premium shoe and an ultra-soft woolen upper."

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ConverseBoatshoe

Jack Purcell Boat Shoe, $85
"This is an update of the original Jack Purcell. This modernized version features a comfort-driven footbed."

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ConverseEVO

Converse Star Player EVO, $90
"This is our premium basketball shoe. The emphasis here is on performance, and the price point is huge for us. This is an accessible price for consumers looking for good basketball sneakers."

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ConverseCustomChuck

Converse Star Player I Star Chevron NYC, $150
"Made in limited numbers for the store and based on the earlier Chuck Taylor models, this shoe features the 'I "Chevron" NYC' embroidery on the heel. Converse has been a part of New York culture for a long time, both through sports and music."

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ConverseFancy

sak for Converse One Star 1974, $600
"Each of these shoes are handcrafted in Italy from the laces all the way to the box. The sak collaboration is produced in very limited numbers, and this is one of the few places you can buy this shoe."

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ConverseLimitedEditionLow

Converse Pro Leather LP Ox, $150
"This is another model that was produced in limited numbers specifically for the flagship. The Pro Leather is the original sneaker that was worn by Dr. J and Larry Bird, modernized for casual wear. These are only available at this location and we have them in high, mid, and low versions."

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ConverseItalyHigh

Converse Star Player, $150
"These sneakers were also produced in Italy. The shoe was tumbled, washed, rubbed, and tinted to give it a classic look. You can't get these anywhere else in the country. It's a cool shoe."

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ConverseDrRomanelli

Dr. Romanelli for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Cup, $150
"This collaboration with designer Dr. Romanelli can be found here and at the London store. This model was built on the cup sole, which is an extension of the Chuck Taylor brand. It's more street-oriented than the original Chuck Taylor. The shoe possesses a great amount of detail, from the American flag down to the Dr. Romanelli patch on the tongue."

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Converse
560 Broadway
New York, NY. 10012
(212) 966-1099

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