Location: New York City
If you’re not aware, a lot of boutiques today have had a little help to get them going. Concepts in Boston was once just in a corner of The Tannery. Kith in NYC began thanks to a partnership with Atrium. Of course, both have seemingly outgrown their mentors when it comes to the sneaker business. According to Russ Bengtson and Robert Facey, NYC’s Broadway Sneakers “set up shop as a convenience store that sold roach motels” in 1984 and eventually began selling all white adidas Superstars (as well as colored markers for you creative types — no, seriously!). Eventually, Broadway Sneakers had a handful of spinoff stores called Training Camp, which should at least be a hint of familiar to most sneaker enthusiasts.