It isn’t an understatement to call New York City one of the world’s best sneaker capitals. With so many choices and so many covetable models dropping literally every weekend, the sneaker shopping cycle has been broken down into a science. But as e-commerce gets more popular, the old-fashioned experience of going to a store and getting a pair of shoes becomes even more special.

Big companies like Nike and adidas are creating specialized stores that feel more like boutiques, and high-end shops like Barneys are beginning to cater to kick connoisseurs who now feverishly hunt for designers pairs from guys like Raf Simons, Rick Owens, and Saint Laurent Paris’ Hedi Slimane. We examined the Big Apple’s current sneaker retail landscape and quantified the ten stores worth trekking to. These are the 10 Best Sneaker Shops in NYC.

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