“Is this shoe blue or gray?” you’d be forgiven if you asked at the Kith store at Broadway and Bleecker — the royal-blue neon that spells out “Kith” tints the three display walls of this downtown sneaker studio. Even the most Instagram-addicted sneakerhead will marvel at the curated selection lining these dark-paneled walls. (Speaking of Instagram, the store maintains its own account: instagram.com/kithnyc.) You want standbys like the classic Nike Air Max 1 in the newest colors? Got those covered. Ditto your Converse, your Vans, your Timberlands, Florsheims, and Red Wings. (Or, for the steampunk with a trust fund, your Giuseppe Zanotti high-tops.) And let us not forget Kith’s own label, nor the designs founder Ronnie Fieg creates for Sebago and Doc Martens, among others. For more on the latter, see ronniefieg.com.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014