January 29, 2020

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In addition to top-name athletic shoes, the new Sick Kicks also carries apparel including Sick Kicks shirts. Mac Cangas opened his store Jan. 1 in the Tavernier Towne plaza at mile marker 91.2.

KEVIN WADLOW/Free Press In addition to top-name athletic shoes, the new Sick Kicks also carries apparel including Sick Kicks shirts. Mac Cangas opened his store Jan. 1 in the Tavernier Towne plaza at mile marker 91.2.

TAVERNIER — For fans of athletic footwear, Mac Cangas has your shoes at Sick Kicks.

“In my generation, everyone is a sneaker head,” said Cangas, who turned his passion for new and retro sport shoes into his store, Sick Kicks — slang praise for stylish sneakers — at Tavernier Towne.

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Sick Kicks owner Mac Cangas arranges popular sneaker styles he personally selected for his newly opened athletic-shoe store in the Tavernier Towne plaza at mile marker 91.2.

“My love for these shoes led to me open this beautiful shop,” he said. “This is a chance to make my dream a reality. I have no doubt it will be a success.”

Sick Kicks opened Jan. 1 to provide the only dedicated store in the Upper and Middle Keys for brand-name sneakers, along with other athletic apparel.

“I talked to kids and asked them what they want. They’re the ones who get it,” Cangas said. “So we have styles from Vans, which are pretty popular, to the latest shoes from Adidas and Nike, including Jordans.”

Footwear prices at Sick Kicks generally range from $65 to around $250.

Cangas said he worked for several years at a Tavernier restaurant and realized when it came to top-quality sneakers, “there are no other shoe stores here” without driving to the mainland.

A selection of styles is available now with additional shipments expected to arrive soon. Cangas also plans to stock cleats for middle- and high-school athletes.

He knows the business from operating an online site for buying and selling collectible sneakers.

“I’ve seen the resale value for the right shoe triple. All the kids want the hot shoe,” Cangas said. “With Sick Kicks, I want to create a kind of shoe-store sneaker lounge. We have a video game set up for ambiance while the kids are shopping.”

A short walk from the B&B Tavernier Cinema 5, Sick Kicks is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sick Kicks is closed on Monday.

For more information, call 305-396-7600.

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