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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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David Mason Chlopecki owns Slick It Up, a collection of fetishwear for dudes who like their clothing with a little something extra—especially when "something extra" means latex or leather. A sneaker aficionado, he updates his shoe collection at Flight Club New York, a Greene Street temple to Nikes and vintage high tops.
Fetishists don't only wear latex and lick boots. There are all kinds of gearheads out there and sneakers—especially high tops—are one of the biggest sources of fetishistic desire. "Sneakerheads" are the guys with a passion for kicks that rivals any woman and her Louboutins, and they love Flight Club New York. I've shopped there for everything from Jeremy Scott for Adidas high tops to vintage 1990s Nikes, but I especially love the Beverly Hills License Plate high tops by Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals that I purchased there and wore to the Life Ball in Vienna. Oh, the memories!· Flight Club New York [Official Site]
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