Few things in life are as important (or able to single-handedly make or break an outfit) as footwear. If you're in the market for new sneakers, head to The Darkside Initiative, a purveyor of crucial streetwear on the northern edge of Washington Square Park. There you'll find the finest selection of sneakers in the Bay Area, including brands like Nike, Vans, Adidas, and Converse, mostly of the limited-edition variety. (They're one of the few stores worldwide to possess a Nike "Tier Zero" account, meaning The Darkside sells certain shoes you literally cannot find anywhere else.) Plus, they stock essential clothing (mostly Japanese), alongside the coveted, cult cyberpunk outerwear brand Acronym.