The rise of the sneaker boutique happened some time in the 2000s, and it's still flourishing even as big-budget retailers continue to diversify their product offerings and target the sneakerhead audience. There's something that a boutique offers that a corporate-owned store can't: That's a feeling of getting something from a shop that stands for something and connects to its community.
As more sneaker boutiques open, there needs to be a clear differentiation: There are stores that started this shit and others, no matter what product they sell or how great they are, that are just following in the footsteps of the ones before them. And over the past decade, there have been boutiques that have shaped sneaker culture through their ideas, collaborations, and exclusive products in a way that others can't. To realize how far they've come, here are The 10 Most Influential Sneaker Boutiques of the Past 10 Years.