508 Sneaker Store sells Air Jordans, Yeezys, Nike Dunks in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD — air jordans, Yeezys, Nike Dunks and Adidas — 508 Sneaker Store has everything and a knowledgeable sneaker enthusiast running the shop.

Cameron Langlois, 26, from Fairhaven, said he had nearly 50 pairs of sneakers in his personal collection during his senior year of high school.

“I took pretty much all my money and kept buying shoes,” he said. “It was becoming a popular trend, Air Jordans.”

Langlois, a size 11, has earned a reputation around town for wearing different pairs of unique sneakers. Then, one day, a friend wanted to buy him one.

“They offered me more money than I had paid,” he recalls. “And that’s when I had the idea that I could kind of have a side business.”

Langlois quickly grew in the online world, becoming one of the top sellers on eBay and StockX. It also helped to grow Facebook group 508 Sneakerheadswho buys, sells and trades sneakers and shares upcoming releases – now at 20,000 members.

In March 2021 he rented a studio in Kilburn Mill to store his inventory. In June, he had his first pop-up event. The shop offers sneakers for men and women, used or new.

Jeffrey Stone and his mum Jamie Stone shop for sneakers at 508 Sneakersstore inside Killburn Mill in south New Bedford.

“I always chose to buy a pair of sneakers that I know would be worth more money in the long run,” he said. “There are shoes I spent $170 on and a year later the shoes are worth $500.”

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He said the sneakers in his shop change all the time. There are a few pairs that stick around for months and some that sell out the same day he brings them in. It typically sells to people as young as 13 and up to their mid-40s.

“I actually asked a 65-year-old man to buy a pair of Yeezys the other day,” he added.

Work full-time in the shoe business

The Fairhaven native says selling sneakers full-time was never the end goal.

Originally, he studied as an exercise science specialist, worked as a nutritionist, and helped people with dietary supplements and personal training.

Cameron Langlois sits in front of a wall of coveted Air Jordan sneakers at 508 Sneakersstore inside Killburn Mill in south New Bedford.

“Halfway through, after doing it for a while, I was just like, this is really not what I want to do,” he said, so he moved on to major in business Administration.

Then the company he worked for filed for bankruptcy and closed. “I decided to put all my effort into my online store,” he said.

In November 2021, he opened his studio in Kilburn Mill to the public, five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

He said organically, over time people knew where he was and it started to generate more interest. He also added that with major changes to the mill in recent months, with more shops opening on the first floor, it has helped to increase foot traffic.

Some of the different types of sneakers available at 508 Sneakersstore inside Killburn Mill at the south end of New Bedford.

“It finally started to explode,” he said.

Now he plans to expand the studio into a second unit. He also hopes to one day open a larger brick-and-mortar store elsewhere in the city.

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“I wanted to bring sneaker culture to this area, where the prices were fair, but I had a selection for everyone,” he said.

“I do my best, when people come to sell me stuff, to give them as much as I can.”

Mark Evora buys sneakers at 508 Sneakersstore inside Killburn Mill at the south end of New Bedford.

Langlois said he loves working with customers to find them the perfect sneaker and then seeing them post on social media how much they love them.

“It’s just my little store in New Bedford, inside a mill,” he said. “It means a lot to bring happiness to someone like that.”

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