A showcase of urban fashion, this NYC sneaker shop offers both rare and mainstream kicks

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — For Andrew Rosenthal, sneakers are a form of contemporary art. Calling collector-worthy shoes an important part of pop culture and a unique aspect of urban fashion, the Great Kills resident uses words like “iconic” and “aesthetically pleasing” to describe his kicks.

An expert in identifying hyperstrikes (a shoe with extremely limited quantities) and rare special project releases (those only made available at specific retailers), Rosenthal has spent the better part of a decade amassing an assortment of uncommon Air Jordan’s and other high profile shoes. And for the past two-and-a-half years, the budding entrepreneur has been sharing his sneaker passion with residents throughout the five boroughs.

“I think there is a big misconception surrounding the sneaker culture,” Rosenthal said recently from inside the stockroom of The Sole Broker, the Grant City shop he founded in 2019. “There are a lot of people who don’t think it’s

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Promising Young Woman: Yes, 30-Year-Old Cassie Dresses Like an Urban Outfitters Kid

Carey Mulligan plays Cassandra in comedy-thriller Promising Young Woman, which is about a 30-year-old woman who has been deeply affected and broken by her past. The film, which is already garnering Oscars buzz, was written and directed by Emerald Fennell and styled by costume designer Nancy Steiner, who understood immediately how Cassie’s devastating time in medical school has affected the rest of her life and, therefore, what she wears.

“[Cassie’s] clothing that she wears during the daytime is a disguise and a costume . . . because she’s trying to come off as this sweet, girlie, feminine, candy-colored lady, in a way to avoid confrontation.”

“I think the job of a costume designer involves a lot of psychology. With any character that you’re dressing, you want to think about where they get their clothes, how they get their clothes, and how they treat their clothes. Does this person

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