Best of Boston

2008 Best Sneakers


By now, everyone knows what lurks behind the Snapple machine inside Bodega’s convenience store-cum-sneaker depot. But a gimmick lasts only so long. Two years in, this cleverly hidden retailer still outruns the competition with an authoritative array of old-school and limited-edition trainers, like Nike’s Claw Money Blazers and metallic Converse low-tops, mixed with graphic tees and printed hoodies, many by local artists. All of which serves to convert budding enthusiasts into sneaker fiends, and make Snapple Diet Peach Tea drinkers of more than a few.

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