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