INTRODUCTIONS: Meet Whitney Hall

SAVANNAH'S RESIDENT SNEAKER QUEEN CELEBRATES ONE YEAR

Whitney Hall is a Savannah native and Air National Guard service member who is gearing up to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her business, HallofSneakz. 

Voted Connect Savannah’s ‘Best Shoe Store’ in 2021 and 2022, HallofSneakz is a specialty sneaker boutique that vends exclusive and sought-after athletic shoes. Hall initially started HallofSneakz as an online retailer back in 2016 from her apartment in Atlanta. And last year,  Hall opened her first brick and mortar store in the heart of downtown Savannah at 30 W York St. 

Hall says business has been booming since opening last August.

“The amount of support from customers near and far has been overwhelming,” said Hall. 

She still sells online in addition to the York St. store, but having that location allows her to deliver a curated customer service experience that she says sets HallofSneakz apart from other shoe stores.

Ever since childhood, Hall has always been passionate about sneakers and fondly recalls one of her earliest memories of being excited about athletic shoes.

“I have an older brother . . . and we had this yearly tradition of going to the Coastal Empire Fair here in Savannah. He and his friends would always get dressed and wear their freshest sneakers. One year, they all had on the Air Jordan 9’s—the cool grays—and I wanted that shoe so bad, but it didn’t come in my size. So that’s around the time my passion sparked for sneakers. That was around 2002, so I was in the second grade,” Hall recounted.

She turned that childhood passion for sneakers into a profitable business today, and says she is truly happy and fulfilled in her line of work.

“I love sneakers. . . It’s not often that you get the chance to do what you love and make money from it,” she remarked.

Getting to interact with customers from all over the world, face-to-face has been one of the highlights of her business over the last year.

“Another [highlight is] being able to supply customers with their first pair of sneakers. Sometimes some people haven’t ever had any Jordans before in their life, or they haven’t had any Yeezys. Being able to be that starting point for them, that ‘I got my first pair of such and such from HallofSneakz!’’ she expressed.

She also enjoys seeing the wonder in customers’ eyes once they walk into the store.

“When you walk into our doors, you’re consumed with sneakers. So sometimes we greet [customers], they don’t even acknowledge us because they’re so overwhelmed by what they see, which is great because that’s what it’s for,” she explained.

Beyond the store’s captivating aesthetics, Hall says exceptional customer service is central to her business model.

“It’s not about the sale for me. You can buy sneakers anywhere. I want to make a lasting impression that makes you want to come back. As the founder of HallofSneakz, I take pride in the relationships we have built and continue to build with all of our customers. The big piece of what sets us apart is our dedication to excellence in customer service. That’s why we coined the slogan, ‘Shop with HallofSneakz and enjoy the experience,” said Hall.

To celebrate the HallofSneakz store’s first anniversary, Hall has planned four days of festivities.

“It’ll be full of giveaways, sneaker restocks, and we’re also going to be doing a sneaker scavenger hunt. We’ll have free food from Wing-N-It Savannah . . . We’ll have music and a lot more. Each day will be different,” she described.

The celebration kicks off on Thurs., Aug. 11 where Hall will offer sneaker restocks and giveaways. On Friday, HallofSneakz will release their one-year anniversary t-shirt. On Saturday, Hall will hold a sneaker scavenger hunt throughout downtown Savannah, and Wing-N-It Savannah will be onsite with free food. And festivities will conclude on Sunday with free donuts.

Throughout the celebration there will be several giveaways where attendees can win coveted prizes. Among them are Yeezy slides, Nike Dunks, gift cards, a $500 store credit and a lot more. 

Hall encourages people to come out and celebrate this special milestone with HallofSneakz.

“People should come out just to talk all things sneakers, to enjoy some great food and people, and just enjoy the HallofSneakz experience and good vibes,” she said.

In addition to spreading good vibes, Hall wants to share her gratitude to everyone who’s helped along the way.

“I just want to express my appreciation for everyone who supports HallofSneakz, whether they purchased, shared a post, stopped by the shop or just referred someone to us. I just want to say thank you. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without everyone’s continued support,” said Hall.

For more information on HallofSneakz, visit hallofsneakz.com



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Chantel Britton

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