Let's be honest, Nike is one of the hottest, if not THE hottest brand for activewear. They are constantly innovating in technology and style, which makes them trendy but yet comfortable. Their activewear is always made with the best breathable fabrics, perfect for every type of workout. Unfortunately, all those benefits usually come with a pricey tag. Nike's activewear and sneakers usually range from $80-$250 and it's rarely discounted (if not sold out), so any discount one can get is definitely appreciated. That's why New Yorkers wait to stock up on basics when they go to Woodbury Commons Outlets or the different outlets in New Jersey. Nike's Factory Store is pretty decent but is always packed with tourists, and of course options are VERY limited. But hey, at least you save about 25% off retail price.
This year on April 2nd, Nike opened its first Nike Clearance Store in New York City! What does this mean? 15,000 sq/ft of EVEN MORE reduced sneakers and clothes. We decided to go check it out and let you know if it's worth the trip.
How to get there?
Nike Clearance Store is located at 40-24 College Point Blvd, Flushing, NY. From Manhattan: You can easily take the 7 train towards Queens, get off at Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. Walk to the 7 train towards Flushing-Main St, and get off at Flushing-Main St. It is only five minutes away from the train station. It's about a 40 min subway ride but if that seems too long, you can always Uber it or grab a Zipcar and save yourself some time if the traffic is light.
What to expect?
The place is gigantic but surprisingly enough, it's pretty well organized. Both men and women's sections are large and have a large variety of activewear. You can find anything from pants and shorts, to tank tops and windbreakers. Unfortunately, the sizes are sometimes limited as the popular sizes go first. The biggest selection we found was for sizes large and extra-large, so if that's your size, you're in luck.
There are a lot of employees working at this outlet and they're all EXTREMELY nice and helpful! They immediately offer to help you find a size, or see if they have any other color options for what you're looking for. For example, if you're looking for a particular pair of sneakers and there's only ONE pair left, in some cases you can order them online and they will be delivered to you. The sneaker selection is VERY good. You can find casual sneakers, running sneakers, and training sneakers, and all for at least 40% off.
Most sneakers range from $39.99-$100. At this price, you can find Flyknit sneakers that are still listed on the Nike website at full price with a 50% discount! Clothing for men and women can be found with discounts from 30%-65% off.
So is it worth it?
If you don't mind the trip, and have the extra time to go through everything, then it is absolutely worth it! We saved approximately $400 on things that we already wanted that are currently available at Nike.com. Expect to do a lot of browsing, and get at least two pair of sneakers! The worst that can happen is you don't find anything, but at least you'll have a fun trip, filled with the best dim sum and bubble tea. After all, it is in Flushing.
Men's Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Running Sneaker $64.99 ( MSRP $120)
Women's Lunarlon Flyknit Running Sneaker $74.99 (MSRP $150)
Women's Sports Bra $14.99 (MSRP $55)
Men's Lightweight Hyper Elite Vest $29.99 (MSRP $80)