What Do You Want From Your Local Boutique?
words // Zac Dubasik
Sure, NIKETOWNs are great. And yeah, there’s a Foot Locker in every mall. But if you're a fan of this site, and reading this, chances are you’ve probably shopped, and even picked up a pair or two of kicks at a boutique. You may have even dreamed of opening up your own.
Boutiques are commonplace in the sneaker world these days. In cities both big and small, they seem to pop up with regularity. Some last, and others don’t. Many of the best, which you’ll see featured here, have been around for years. They’ve earned the opportunity to collaborate with some of the brands they carry, on exclusive footwear, which has become bragging rights for a successful spot.
But while exclusive collaborations are great, there’s more that makes a boutique a unique experience. You expect a different level of customer service and knowledge from the employees at a boutique than at some of the larger chains. You may also look for them to carry harder-to-find brands, and products that, while maybe not as popular, push trends in new directions.
If you frequent these boutiques, or even just wish you had access to one, here’s your chance to tell them what you want. What can your local spot do better? What are they already doing right, and you’d like to see more of? Beyond just having the most exclusive releases and collaborations, what do you want from your local boutique?
-Privileges for loyal long time customers
-Employees that will not sell half the stock to their family and friends before the release date
The first two lets just say doesn't add up... But i feel you on the employees doing backdoor deals with close friends/family making an already limited drop nearly impossible to get
so if you were loyal to a certain store, you always got your kicks from them. You have NO TIES to any employees in there. And one day they said since you always fuck with our store, we will let you pre-order a pair of limited shoes that were gonna drop. you wouldn't like that? or rather go back to the FTL raffle
totally agree they'll give any friend or somebody willing to pay more an advantage over the general public.
I feel what your saying honestly I do...but put yourself in their shoes for once...i used to work at a sneaker shop and that shit gets mad annoying, aswerin the same question...cats calling saying they haven't got their tracking number yet, but when you order it clearly says it may take up to 3 days to process..its dumb shit like that, that becomes frustrating after the 100th time.. i mean how many times are you gonna answer the same question over and over again...just sayin
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