Location: New York City
New York City has always paved the way when it comes to sneaker culture. Although it existed other places, the people, stories, and legends all come from NYC. Jew Man’s is all of that wrapped into one. Started by Teddy Held, Jew Man’s was located in South Bronx and according to stories, one of the only places you could get Air Force 1s in the late 1980s. In regards to the name Jew Man’s, Teddy said, “That’s kind of derogatory today, but you came and you could bargain. You wanted a pair of $30 dollar sneakers? You came and gave me $28 or $27, and I let it go.” Teddy Held also launched the brand Troop with his brother Harvey and partner William Kim — HighSnob did a fascinating interview with him for their relaunch.