Q&A with Savannah’s resident sneaker queen

Whitney Hall, Founder of HallofSneakz
Whitney Hall, Founder of HallofSneakz
Savannah-native, Whitney Hall is the founder and owner of sneaker shop HallofSneakz, set to open its first brick and mortar store on August 14. Hall was named “Best Shoe Store” in Connect Savannah’s Best of Savannah, 2021.

Here is a Q&A with Hall about her background leading to her grand opening.

Q: What do you want people to know about you?

A: I am currently serving in the Air National Guard. My passion for Sneakz has come from within since a child. As a native Savannahian I could envision no other place than the heart of Savannah for HallofSneakz to call home. My lifelong passion for Sneakz has been the driving force for my vision of everything HallofSneakz is and does.

Q: In your own words, what is HallofSneakz?

A: HallofSneakz is a successful woman-owned and black-owned sneaker specialty boutique that offers its respective base of anticipated, sought after, and exclusive sneakers.

Q: You say HallofSneakz got its unofficial start in 2008 when you began to study the culture of sneakz, what are some things that stood out to you at that time?

A: In 2008 , I was 14 and in middle school. I always had the latest sneaker releases which sparked my interest in learning about the sneakz culture. Some things that stood out to me were important moments for the culture like the signing of Michael Jordan to Nike and the debut of Air Jordans and Run-D.M.C. signing to Adidas.

Q: Your website mentions your purchase of a pair of Air Jordan Doernbecher IV's at a convention, not knowing the full value of their worth. You state that “this single purchase would be one that propelled me into unimaginable heights of recognition locally and beyond." How did this moment serve as a catalyst for where you are today? What thoughts and feelings emerged when you discovered the worth of your purchase?

A: That experience served as motivation for where I am today because it enabled me to create the idea of what would become a full-on business in the future, known officially as HallofSneakz. Before going to Sneaker Con I was somewhat aware of how much the shoes were worth already. The Doernbecher (DB) Jordan 4s were top 5 on my Sneakz wish list so when I saw them I had to take them home.

Q: You've officially been in business since 2017. What are some ways that your business developed from then to now?

A: Year after year, HallofSneakz has evolved in many areas. HallofSneakz, without a doubt, takes pride in the relationships we have built and continue to build with all of our customers. A big piece of what sets us apart from others is our dedication to excellence in customer service.

Q: Even though your business has not had a grand opening yet, you were voted “Best Shoe Store” in Connect Savannah's Best of Savannah, 2021. How have you been operating your business up until now? Also, in your opinion, what is it that customers may appreciate about your business compared to other shoe businesses?

A: We’ve been thriving and operating via our e-commerce platform since 2018. In my opinion, Anyone can open a sneaker store anywhere. What the community appreciates is the years of involvement, interaction, consistency, and development to establish an experience like “The HallofSneakz Experience.”

Q: HallofSneakz’ grand opening takes place soon. What can the community expect on that day?

A: I’m excited to bring Savannah the HallofSneakz Experience in person! The support over the years has been phenomenal. I am so grateful and will continue to provide that exceptional experience online and in-store. At the grand opening come and enjoy the experience with food, “sneakz,” giveaways and so much more!

The HallofSneakz grand opening begins at noon on Sat., Aug. 14, at 30 W. York St. For more information, visit hallofsneakz.com

About The Author

Brandy Simpkins

Brandy Simpkins is a born and raised Savannahian and an alumna of Savannah Savannah State University where she received her B.A. in English Language & Literature. Simpkins enjoys writing more than anything else in the world. She is a curious journalist, an astute essayist, and captivating spoken-word artist...
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