NYC Sneaker Stores
by Jared Flint, 08/28/2013
Photo: Isabel LaSala
151 Orchard St., 212-253-0588, Lower East Side, Manhattan
While Jeff Staple's groundbreaking retail space didn't start NYC's sneaker craze, it certainly provided fuel for the fire. In 2005, Staple designed the iconic Nike Pigeon Dunk, part of a city series released that year. The shoe was so highly anticipated that its launch at Reed Space led to a riot, over 15 arrests, and an appearance on the cover of the New York Post. (The incident caused Staple to question whether it meant the end of the Nike Dunk and, more broadly, sneaker fandom itself.) These days, clientele at Reed Space is far more genteel. Inside, the walls are lined with alluring sneakers from Pointer, New Balance, Vans, Converse and Clae. Plus, there's always a surprise or two available—Staple hasn't let a little riot stop his collaborating.