10 shops, 9 cities.
Streetwear has a long history and can be difficult to define, now with a number of large luxury players trying to infiltrate the game, it comes down to the simplest of pieces - a combination of tees, hoodies, hats, and a fresh pair of kicks. The foundations of streetwear were built on being non-traditional, yet now the mixture of high-end streetwear and small independent brands have altered the streetwear ecosystem. A blend of sport, fashion, music, art, and technology, streetwear has evolved into an encompassing way of life.
Following our Top Ten Streetwear Shops in Canada, it only seems fair to follow up with the Top Ten in the U.S. of A. While there’s been a strong shift in the retail world to e-commerce, there are still many brick-and-mortar locations holding it down.
Whether you’re looking for the secret entrance to the iconic Bodega boutique in Boston, a dope boy popping tags at Walters, getting new kicks while hitting the cereal bar at KITH NYC or simply lost in the city of angels trying to find the freshest gear - HotNewHipHop is here to guide you. Looking at old and new establishments from the east coast to the west coast, here are the top 10 stores across the country, in no particular order, for all your streetwear needs.