Sydney’s coolest sneaker stores deliver on everything from limited edition kicks, to high fashion trainers and staple sneakers from streetwear giants.
Sure, shopping sneakers online may be the quickest way to snap up capsule collections and collabs before they sell out, but we’d argue nothing can replace trying on a shoe pre-purchase to be sure it’s the perfect fit for you. And in the age of the ugly, oversized, chunky, dad sneaker—you’ll want to check these out in person before buying.
Sydney has a growing collection of stores to satisfy your sneaker and streetwear itch—these are our hands down favourites.
Espionage has been Sydney’s specialised sneaker hub for well over a decade (it opened in 2002). Created for the discerning sneakerhead, you’ll unearth emerging and indie labels here, alongside exclusive and rare kicks and collabs from big players like Nike, adidas and Vans.
Expect to find kicks and accessories from Supreme, BAPE, Yeezy, Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garcons Play, Off-White and more. They also offer a consignment service.
Surry Hills and Paramatta
Who doesn’t want a side of champagne, cognac or fried chicken with their sneaker spree? Butter is a seriously special gem in Sydney—part restaurant, part finely-curated collection of shoppable kicks and streetwear, it’s a sneaker experience every hype beast needs to indulge in. Big time sneakerheads drop in when they’re in Sydney (Wu-Tang Clan, for example, and UK rapper Nadia Rose), so you know it’s the goods.
On the sneaker menu, expect to find a fine-tuned selection of the best from Yeezy, Off-White and Balenciaga, as well as standouts from Puma, Nike, adidas and Vans. They also offer a consignment service.
If you want kicks that make a statement, Butter is the place to go. And while you’re there, sip some Hennessey or go all out with Butter’s fried chicken doughnut (yes, that is a thing).
Sneakerboy Sydney ups the ante on the sneaker shopping experience. First of all, the concrete-heavy, bunker-like store is seriously cool. Down an alleyway and through a vast circular entryway, it’s all a bit Tokyo and we are very into it.
High fashion kicks adorn the walls—think the latest from Alexander McQueen, Off-White, Balenciaga, Giuseppe Zanotti, Dior and Raf Simons. There are also parts and pieces from designers’ street style clothing collections too. The store is more of a showroom of sorts, once you select, try on and purchase your kicks, they’ll be shipped to your doorstep within the next few days.
This sneaker giant is your go-to for classic styles in a solid range of colourways, as well as a neat collection of streetwear and sports gear from big labels like Reebok, Nike, adidas, Ellesse, PUMA, Lacoste, New Balance and FILA.
With a tonne of store exclusives, JD Sports is your go-to for major sneaker drops in Australia. They host premiere global releases from Nike, adidas, Jordan Brand, Puma and Reebok basically every week, ensuring your collection will be as up to date as possible.
Above The Clouds
This pint-sized sneaker emporium packs a real punch, peddling some of the best brands in streetwear from all around the world. Lining the walls are kicks from Nike, adidas Originals, Vans, New Balance, Asics, Saucony and Converse. You’ll also find rarer labels like Golf Le Fleur and vegan staples like Vega.
The clothes at Above The Clouds are equally as excellent—a big collection of tees from skater label Butter Goods, Dutch artist Pieter Janseen’s label By Parra, Guess Green Label, Patagonia, Lazy Oaf, PE Nation and more.
Created by the legends behind men’s streetwear label ZANEROBE, Subtype features a very covetable collection of sneakers all hand-selected based on their design credentials, exclusivity, innovation and creativity. Basically, if you’ve bought from Subtype, you know you’ve made a seriously good choice. The store is a little like a gallery, with each item displayed like the piece of art it truly is.
You’ll find picks from Puma, Reebok, Vans, Yeezy, Converse Common Projects and more. Cool part? If you live in Sydney and order some kicks online at Subtype, you can expect them to arrive at your door or on your desk within two hours.
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