Shoe brands beat a path to downtown L.A.’s ‘Sneaker Row’

USC freshman Mahmood Alfayoumi, 18, had heard about “Sneaker Row” in downtown Los Angeles, but even this seasoned fan of athletic footwear wasn’t prepared for what he found.

At a recently opened Jordan-Nike-Footaction collaboration, Alfayoumi ogled hard-to-find sneaks, browsed the onsite customization…