When it comes to sneaker shopping, where you get your kicks is often held as almost as important as which kicks you’re getting. From trendy spots like Bodega or members-only apps like Nike’s SNKRS, sneaker shops have become clout-filled destinations of their own. Of course, as these sneaker shops continue to soar in popularity, coveted new drops are selling out in seconds — often only to be re-sold for way more money.
The idea that only certain shoe stores are “cool” or that you need to spend thousands of dollars perpetuates gate-keeping and elitism within sneaker culture ― the gate-keeping and elitism that a ton of cool women sneaker lovers are working hard to dismantle.
So to help you find some hidden gems and to help make sneaker shopping more enjoyable and less exclusive, we’ve asked women sneakerheads to share unlikely, surprising or simply slept-on places to get cool sneakers. Here’s what they said.
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