Flight Club Sells Rare and Coveted Sneakers NYC LA Online

Flight Club Sneaker Wall Broadway NYC

Inside Flight Club on Broadway NYC Photo Credit: Mark Pine

Flight Club is a sneaker store located on Broadway between 11th St and 12th St in New York City. They have capitalized on the market for sneakers that either sell out their stock or are from years past.

When a sneaker is no longer available at retailers it can go to the resale market on the web. People who were lucky enough to grab a pair or pairs may opt to go for the profit if the gains are that great.

What Fight Club has done is positioned themselves as a go between who can regulate the industry and make expensive sneaker purchases safer. Of course there will always be some games played in any industry by a small group of individuals. I read their FAQ and it does appear they do everything in their power to make the transaction go off without a hitch. Especially if the purchase happens at one of their two locations.

I would assume, definitely not an expert in ecommerce for sneakers, there may be a little room for people to mess around when ordering sneakers online. Not saying Flight Club, but I could see people messing around saying they didn’t get exactly what they expected. Not sure exactly how that works, I’m sure Flight Club has it figured out. Not sure who holds the bag if that happens. Call or email them if your interested in selling your vintage kicks.

Outside Flight Club on Broadway NYC

Outside Flight Club on Broadway NYC Photo Credit: Mark Pine

One nice safety measure according to Flight Club’s FAQ is they make everyone sign who orders from the web. You can not receive an order from them without signing upon delivery.

In addition to NYC they have another store located in Los Angeles at 503 N Fairfax Ave.

I visited the location on Broadway but haven’t bought anything. I will say there are some real sneaker lovers out there and they have converted me. I saw a few pairs I would wear in a heartbeat.

Air Jordan 3 GS Infrared

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The prices can go into the thousands of dollars real quick. Some of their top categories are Air Jordan, Nike Basketball and Nike Running. They currently carry some sizes of Kanye West’s sold out sneakers from Nike and Adidas. Another one that blew my mind is the Air Mag “Back to the Future”. They call it that because they are the shoes from Nike worn by Marty McFly or Michael J Fox in the film. Maybe not a pair worn in the movie, the same edition.

I like how their e commerce website has the shoes listed. Very professional as you would expect with this many high priced goods for sale. It shows the sizes in stock, how many being held in inventory and price. Interestingly, different sizes for the same shoe can vary in price. For example, the AIR YEEZY 2 SP “RED OCTOBER”. A size 9.5 is currently $5,750 and size 6 is $8,000.

I always like to read the reviews of a business when reviewing it. Overall people seem to like the place. The brief time I spent there, people seemed to be loving it. The complaints I read from Google Plus Local and Yelp were about price and customer service. Overall, most were happy.

Flight Club only sells new sneakers. When you visit the stores you will see they keep many of the pairs on display shrink wrapped to keep them in pristine condition. As per their website, you can try them on. I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on all the mechanics of how the online and offline sales work here. I’m just getting the hang of it.

Another interesting piece of information is all sales are final. The reason being, and this is the genius part, the sneakers are not owned by Flight Club. All shoes are sold on 80/20 consignment. Meaning independent sneaker owners provide the inventory to Flight Club and receive 80% of the sale price. Once the pair is sold, they cut a check the next week to the owner and it’s a wrap.

Virtual Tour of the inside of Flight Club on Broadway in New York City.

Uniqlo 5th Ave New York, NY

Going down the escalator in Uniqlo.

Inside Uniqlo 5th Ave going down the escalator on my way out. Photo: Mark Pine

This past weekend I visited Uniqlo, located on 5th Ave at the corner of East 53rd St. If you are looking for competitively priced casual clothing that is actually pretty cool, they have you more then covered. They sell clothes for everyone, women, men, kids and babies. Your basic wear is covered, plus you can get a little funky if you dare.

Maybe not Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars funky, although relatively funky, taking into consideration their budget compared to yours. Uniqlo actually does sell some really hot designs.

The clothing store is huge. How huge? Big enough to house it’s own Starbucks so you can caffeinate while you shop. I actually had my first cup of the day there before I started trying things on. The square footage of the shop is listed as 89,000 square feet as per their website.

When you enter, there is clothing to your left and right on the ground floor and then there is an elevator which takes you up to more levels of shopping. There are staircases too if you want to burn some calories before you try on the new threads. With the size of this place, you may even drop a size or two before you make it to one of their 100 dressing rooms. Just kidding, but the shop makes you feel like you’re almost in a Las Vegas mega club.

The vibe is very upbeat and I will say the few times I was there the staff could not be more friendly and knowledgeable. Not sure what they are feeding them, maybe it’s frappuccinos.

They always take their time to answer my questions and make recommendations no matter how busy it is and believe me, it’s usually busy. To handle the high volume of sales, the store includes 50 cash registers to handle purchases.

Doing a Keith Harring dance last night at #MoMA! Photo by @mrstreetpeeper #SPRZNY #whereuniqlo #art #NYC

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Like many fashion brands, Uniqlo collaborates with outside brands and designers to spice things up. For example, Michael Bastian and MoMA.

Uniqlo’s parent company is Fast Retailing. The CEO Tadashi Yanai, is the richest man in Japan. They must be doing something or a few things right for him to be number one.

In addition to the 5th Ave location, they have two more NYC locations. One on 34th St and another in Soho. Globally they have more than 1,000 stores.