We all know about the usuals—Nike Store, Finish Line, Foot Locker, Eastbay, Footaction, and Champs—but when it comes to copping a pair of sneakers, you’ve got to think outside the box and keep an eye on other retailers. For instance, were you aware that NBA Store released the Air Jordan XI “Gamma” on their website? Probably not. Also, there are plenty of regional chains—like Shoe Palace on the West Coast and Villa in the Midwest and East Coast—that release retro Js and highly sought after NSW gems online.

You could even try your hand at international sites that many people sleep on—literally. Due to the time difference of some of these shops, many people are asleep in the States during these drops. Some of the ones to check out include End Clothing, Hanon, size?, and Crooked Tongues.

Another option is to keep mom and pop boutiques on your radar. Sure, most of them do in-store releases first, but when pairs don’t sell out, stores will put them online or have them available for phone orders—that’s when you can swoop in. Places like Ubiq, Concepts, and Saint Alfred are ones to keep in mind.