The only thing hotter than the humidity in Houston is The Tipping Point – a downtown hub for kicks, coffee, and creative culture.
Nothing beats a timeless pair of sneakers. Whether for comfort, fashion or sport, the sneaker industry has blossomed into a booming business and a hub for collectors around the globe. This week we sat down with David Rodriguez, co-owner of The Tipping Point, to roll out street kicks to talk about style, design and his new sneaker lifestyle store.
Let’s start with the story of your shop and its design. How did it start
The store started on the 1100 block of Main Street. Then we moved the tipping point to the city center. It (the current store) was originally an art gallery. We turned it into a place for rare clothing, limited edition sneakers, books and music. We are the first downtown textile store in 50 years.
We are by no means the usual sneaker spot. It’s not just about Jordan or Adidas, you know? We may have the same product, but our presentation is different.
We take the time to maximize the SKUs and placement of each item in the store. We are the curators of the culture that became popular back then.
There are a lot of different lighting in the store. What does it symbolize?
We wanted the store to be curated in a way that it would grab people’s attention and build something that would draw people in. The main piece in the middle of the shop is symbolic of my journey.
I was an immigrant who came to the country in 1996 and became a US citizen last year. The cloud represents something that has been with me all my life until last year. I wanted something that would release that feeling.