Footwear News asked athletic stores across the country to weigh in on the top three shoes at retail this week.
SPORTIE LA, Los Angeles
1. Nike Air Jordan (all styles)
2. Vans basic slip-on
3. Converse All Stars low-tops
Spring trend: “The look is definitely slimming down,” owner Isack Fadlon said. “The Chuck Taylor and Keds traditional laceups are becoming more trendy right now.”
BURN RUBBER, Detroit
1. Nike Air Jordan retro looks
2. New Balance 580
3. New Balance 999
Spring trend: “The trend used to be the loud and flashy stuff, but now it’s going toward a toned-down casual look. Shoes are becoming much less ostentatious than they used to be,” said Azriel Gilmore, store manager.
ALIFE: RIVINGTON CLUB, New York
1. Alife Everybody High
2. Vans Era
3. Air Jordan (all styles)
Spring trend: “Right now, older sneaker [customers] are wearing more minimalist shoes,” said co-owner Jess Villanueva. “And those just getting into the sneaker world are wearing Jordans.”
ADDICT, Bal Harbour, Fla.
1. Nike Air Jordan Retro 3 and 4
2. Adidas Y3
3. Puma Alexander McQueen
Spring trend: “People want to wear sneakers to go out in,” said manager Charlie Munson. “We sell more dressy sneakers to wear to the clubs or to go out to dinner.”