Location: Los Angeles
Kendo is one of those stores you won’t see mentioned by most sneaker blogs. It’s not because the store wasn’t dope. And it’s not because their sneaker selection was weak. You won’t see Kendo mentioned because it was a sneaker boutique focused on women’s sneakers. Kendo began back in 2003, which might be the reason they went out of business despite their Fairfax/Melrose location. They were ahead of their time. As crazy as it sounds, women’s sneakers have always been a part of other women’s shoe stores. The brands like Nike, adidas, and Under Armour talk about focusing on the female sneaker consumer but that wasn’t until Lululemon stole most of their “athleisure” apparel sales. Even though Kendo had a great idea, the rest of the footwear business wasn’t quite ready for it. It’s a safe bet we see a dedicated women’s sneaker store pop up in the near future. It’s long overdue.