NYC Sneaker Stores
by Jared Flint, 08/28/2013
Photo: Alexander Thompson
347 Fifth Ave., 718-369-7477, Park Slope, Brooklyn
This basketball-influenced sneaker store does stock limited-edition Vans, The Hundreds and New Balance, but the majority of its space is an homage to footwear inspired by the hardwood. That means a lot of Nike, both of retro and new-model varieties. The result is a juxtaposition of street wear and sneaker culture. Floral canvas low tops might sit next to a pair of Air Force 180 mids that wouldn't look out of place in a Charles Barkley–era Phoenix Suns game. Perhaps no shoe is as polarizing as the Air Force I (although a recent white-on-white renaissance has brought opposing camps together). At Premium Goods, the classic Bruce Kilgore–designed AF1 silhouette gets its proper due.