The quest to unearth Australia’s hottest kicks brings us to the best sneaker stores in Brisbane. Australian sneakerheads have long been early adopters of the sneaker trend and as it continues to grow globally, we’ll be seeing a lot more exclusive drops allocated to the cool stores popping up.
For the sneakerheads in Brisbane, it’s time to ditch the thongs and use this as your guide to sneaker mecca; a place where you can score some sweet company for those lonely feet of yours.
Level 1, 105 Albert St, Brisbane
One of the earliest players in the local streetwear scene is still going strong today in t he heart of Brisbane. Apartment started life in 2006 and stocked some of the scene’s coolest streetwear and sneakers. Ten years on and the store now has three locations with the main one sitting pretty on Brisbane’s Albert Street. The brand selection has also broadened and they now stock some of the world’s most forward-thinking brands of sneakers both in store and online. Think exclusive items form Japan and you’re on the right track. A must-visit for all sneaker aficionados in Brisbane.
Brands: Comme des Garçons, Common Projects, Converse, Feit, New Balance
Level 1, 35 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Another early pioneer in Brisbane’s sneaker scene is a little store called Laced. The independently owned and operated sneaker boutique has been around since 2006 and offers up some of the most sought after kicks from the best known brands today. Both men and women will be thoroughly satisfied with their solid selection of exclusive kicks as well as a nice clean website which makes buying a pair super easy. Not content with just footwear, the team also stocks an extensive range of streetwear apparel and accessories.
Brands: Adidas, Asics, Jordans, Le Coq Sportif, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Reebook, Saucony, Vans
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181 Elizabeth St, Brisbane
Much like its Sydney and Melbourne counterparts, the Brisbane leg of Culture Kings remains a strong and relatively new driving force in the local sneaker scene. That’s not all they do though. The store also stocks everything streetwear from snapback hats, fitted caps, crewnecks and jackets. The place even has barbers who can style your next fade or pompadour hairstyle amongst a sea of sweet kicks and a resident DJ spinning the latest tunes.
Brands: Adidas Originals, Jordan, Nike, Palladium, Supra, Vans, Converse, New Balance, Nike SB, Reebok, Timberland
g14c/189 Albert St, Brisbane
If you need quick access to some of the more mainstream sneakers from your favourite major brands, then Hype DC is the place to do your shopping. It’s a no fuss affair with an abundance of stock and numerous stores scattered across the town’s main shopping centres. Their national website is also an easy win, serving as a simple online shopping experience for those not keen on leaving the comfort of their couch. And yes, free shipping is available across Australia for orders over AU$50.
Brands: Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Converse, Nike SB, Lacoste, Asics, Reebok, Puma, Shubar, Onitsuka Tiger, Supra, Converse
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322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
Following in the footsteps of Hype DC is Platypus. Two major stores service Brisbane city and there’s also a online store if that’s your kind of thing. The range at Platypus is rather extensive, stocking some of the more popular silhouettes that sneakerheads will recognise from the major brands.
Brands: Adidas, Asics, Converse, Le Coq Sportif, New Balance, Nike, Onitsuka Tiger, Palladium, Puma, Skechers, Timberland, Vans