Whether globe-trotting or neighbourhood strolling, a man is never complete without a pair of fresh kicks. In that spirit, burn your beaten old sneakers you’ve been wearing since high school and snatch up your wallet; today we’re going to lead you to the best online sneaker stores.
As a scene that has become one of the most definitive streetwear movements in the past half-century, sneakerheads will continue to debate and dissect every new release from the biggest names in the business.
But all we care about right now is where to get them before they end up on eBay for four times the RRP. Obviously, you could head into a physical sneaker store – if you’re in Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are all home to some fine options – but for the broadest range of styles and colours, you’ll do well to turn your attention online.
Here are the world’s best online sneaker stores to keep those
feet happily lit (and the eyes of everyone, from your mate’s girlfriend to your commute crush, firmly on your feet).
Forget bricks and mortar stores: eBay Sneakers is one of the best places to buy hard-to-find sneakers, especially limited releases. eBay has a huge team of sneaker authenticators across the world – including authenticators locally here in Australia – so you know you’re not being left with a pair of fakes.
Based in Florence, Italy, it should come as no surprise that LuisaViaRoma is a purveyor of good taste. This luxury footwear retailer specialises in bringing you the latest high-end products, as soon as they drop. For the classiest collection of kicks kickin’ round the web, look no further than this epic site.
UK-based END Clothing is an absolute must-visit online destination for the best and latest sneakers around. The range is nothing short of extensive, covering brands from mainstream Nike and Adidas through to luxury names such as Saint Laurent, Maison Margiela, and Thom Browne. Stock is rotated regularly and it’s not uncommon to find a sale with some serious discounts. With international shipping available too, END Clothing could be the online sneaker store you’re looking for.
The Nike name practically speaks for itself. The notorious sportswear brand has been the stylish man’s guide to cool footwear for an incredibly long time. From skater plimsolls to athletic kicks fit for All-Star athletes, Nike even has pairs of sneakers that become so collectable and valuable that they’ll never get worn. Nike is consistently at the top of its game and knows the exact formula required to make a pair of top-selling sneakers.
Purveyors of true streetwear kicks who let their designs do the talking and not their marketing will naturally gravitate to Overkill. The online store’s sneaker range extends from outdoor through to skateboarding to tennis to retro. Overkill is based in Europe and provides international shipping.
With a trippy aesthetic and top-notch kicks, both trend ‘setters’ and ‘dabblers’ will fall for Sneaker Studio. A must-frequent destination for high-quality products, trusted manufacturers, limited must-haves, and an up to date shoe cupboard, Sneaker Studio reveres timeless design, functionality, natural materials and original solutions, ever-expanding so that the products are a reflection of the world stage.
Another must-visit high-street sneaker store is Foot Locker. The footwear retailer is often a place to visit if lifestyle sneakers are your thing, and is a particular favourite for Nike fans, with over 400 pairs stocked online. But you’ll also be able to find unique pairs of sneakers at Foot Locker, as in, those that can’t be found elsewhere and with generous discounts applied throughout the year, you could easily score yourself a hypebeast-worthy pair for an absolute steal.
No, it’s not a cinematic portrayal of an underground brawler’s den; it’s better. For over a decade, Flight Club has paid sharp attention to the sneaker-scape, battling hard to become a dominant player. Carrying every brand name on the market, Flight Club is now a one-stop sneaker-destination-shop and a cultural hub for sneaker enthusiasts and novices alike.
Delivering to the US, Australia, and just about every other major region in the world, UK-based Footpatrol is an online spot to hit up if you’re after the greats in the sneaker world. The list of new and exclusive release sneakers is ridiculous and most pairs are ready to ship just as quickly as they’re announced. You want discounts? Hold your breath for a little while and you might find a lesser hyped sneaker in your size at a marked-down price. Big brands and the latest sneakers – what more could a man want.
KITH is one of the most recognised names in the sneaker game today. Based in The Big Apple (New York) and backed by countless sneaker collaborations with brands like Nike, Adidas, and more, KITH boasts an extensive range of releases whether you’re after the most hyped shoes or something a little more obscure. The online store also ships internationally for most brands.
Sizes don’t normally last more than 3 hours after the release of a highly sought after model. That’s why it’s always important to know who else is stocking the golden slipper you’re after. Sneaker Politics is one of these places. Located in the US, the store offers a staggering catalogue not just from the big names you know but lesser-known ones you may not have heard of. International shipping is also available.
Australia’s premier destination for the world’s most wanted sneakers has to be Sneakerboy. Headed by Chris Kyvetos, his luxury sneaker concept in bricks and mortar is certainly cool, but it’s online where the deals get done. Sneakerboy brings exclusive releases and big-name sneaker models to Australian (and international) customers.
Japan has some of the most dedicated streetwear and sneaker-heads worldwide, so it’s no surprise to find New York-based Atmos selling some of the most Japanese-flavoured shoes you can get your feet in. Japan-exclusive models team up with some of the world’s most sought after releases.
Titolo is a regular favourite of ours at DMARGE as they deliver the latest kicks time and time again when other places have seemingly sold out. Besides needing to figure out the currency conversion, everything else is pretty straight forward with international shipping available and regular sales ensuring you score a decent deal.