Location: New York, NY

Years of Operation: 1937-Present

Gerry Cosby's

Literally before there was anywhere else to get them, Gerry Cosby's — the store that used to be in the Madison Square Garden lobby — used to trade t-shirts for the unworn sneakers of NBA players who came there to shop. Later on, Gerry Cosby's began contacting the sneaker companies directly for the excess sneakers that were being customized for college teams, because they knew they could sell them. Yeah, that's right, Gerry Cosby's had the original quickstrike releases.