Melbourne Sneaker Stores You Must Visit
Arguably the world’s most liveable city, and Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne will give you plenty of spots to tick off on your itinerary – especially if you’re a sneakerhead needing some retail therapy.
Melbourne’s sneaker stores are a case of both quality and quantity, with an eclectic assortment of creps that are just as tasty as the city’s beloved coffee. Boasting world-class offerings all year round, a trip to any of Melbourne’s finest sneaker haunts will never have you leaving empty-handed. Ready to burn a hole in your wallet? Here are Melbourne’s must-visit sneaker stores!
Located in one of Hawthorn’s most popular arcades, 1st Product has Melbourne’s east side on lock! Featuring a well-rounded selection of brands from Nike to Birkenstock, you’re guaranteed to find a rotation staple here. 1st Product is also neatly positioned next to Lido Cinema and Saul’s Sandwiches, meaning you’ll be able to fill your day with pleasures from top-notch sandwiches to the latest movies, plus a sneaker score or two.
Location: Shop 1, 673 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
If you find yourself in Melbourne’s northern suburbs looking for your sneaker fix, look no further than Brunswick’s Concrete Jungle. Located on Sydney Road, Concrete Jungle stocks a wide range of sneakers from ASICS to Saucony and apparel from X-Girl to Stance Socks. They’ve truly got something for everyone!
Location: 158 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Evolve Skate Store
Having set up shop in 1999, Evolve is one of Melbourne’s longest-running independent skate stores. Located in one of Melbourne’s most prominent shopping and eating districts – Chapel Street, Prahran – the store was inspired by the evolution of skateboarding in the early- and mid-90s. You’ll find their selection – which extends from apparel to footwear to skateboard decks and stickers – is carefully curated to offer a unique range of sought-after products and releases.
Location: 214 Chapel Street, Prahran
Fast Times Skateboarding
Currently boasting a total of nine locations across Melbourne alone, Fast Times Skateboarding has been the hub for skateboarders across the city and beyond for years.
Aside from one of the country’s best skateboarding decks and hardware selections, their Swanston Street store is decked out with a massive skateboarding footwear range. Choose from staples like Vans, DC, adidas Skateboarding, and more. And if luck’s on your side, you might even be able to get your hands on a limited Nike SB drop.
Location: 121 Swanston Street, CBD
Located just a short tram trip outside the CBD, Finesse (FKA Sole Finess) holds the title of Australia’s only women’s-dedicated sneaker boutique. Stocked with smaller sizes in the hottest drops, plus classic rotation essentials, ladies (and smaller-footed sneakerheads) need to make this minimal marvel a pit stop on their itinerary.
The team behind Finesse also use the store as a collaborative platform, showcasing artists, illustrators, designers, photographers and innovators on the regular.
Location: 47 Derby St, Collingwood
One of Melbourne’s oldest and most respected sneaker spots, Kickz101 was probably where many local OGs copped their first pair of Jays.
They deal in all things performance basketball, so it’s packed to the brim with official NBA paraphernalia and the latest court-ready ballers from Nike, Jordan Brand and adidas. For now, you’ll have to shop their range online as they’re in the process of moving location.
If grail hunting is what you’re in town for, KICKSTW could very well be your one-stop shop. Starting off as an eBay venture, the retailer is one of Melbourne’s most frequented consignment crep connoisseurs. Tucked away in a nook just off Collins Street, KICKSTW manage to get their hands on just about every hyped drop these days – from Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 Lows to the Patta x Nike Air Max 1s!
Location: Level 2, 314 Little Collins Street, CBD
Secret Sneaker Store
The now not-so-secret Secret Sneaker Store is one of the go-to stops for the hype fiends. Adopting a trustworthy approach to consignment, the store (located in the Melbourne Central mall) is decked-out with an extensive selection of rare sneakers, streetwear and collectibles.
Location: Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, CBD
With several stores around Australia, Sydney staple Subtype opened their first Melbourne store a number of years ago. Located in an underground bunker in the heart of the CBD, the store is a ‘concrete solution to a curated gallery’ that aims to elevate the status quo of retail transactions.
Stocking brands like Ader Error, Drôle de Monsieur and PAM, plus the usual big-brand staples, you’re bound to find a worthy cop no matter your type.
Location: 118 Russell Street, CBD
Melburnians aren’t jealous of Sydneysiders very often, but the lack of a Supply Store was certainly a talking point for some time. Thankfully, the revered Sydney establishment opened a brick-and-mortar spot in the CBD, giving locals another killer location to acquire the latest high-end streetwear and limited edition sneakers.
Lovers of Japanese labels like UNDERCOVER and Visvim need look no further, while all your hyped sneaker releases can also be acquired (raffle entry pending, of course).
Location: 29A Sutherland Street, CBD
If you’re unsure where to shop in the CBD, pay a visit to Sure Store! As one of Melbourne’s handful of OG spots, they’ve been holding it down for the city when it comes to skate and streetwear for years. Sure, you can shop their range of clothing from ICHPIG to Carrots and their footwear from Vans to the Swoosh, and they’ve also recently opened up their fresh new shopfront!
Location: 273 Little Lonsdale Street, CBD
From a charming rustic boutique to a premiere sneaker and clothing store, Up There is not only a Melbourne go-to, they’ve also put Australia on the map through their extensive offering and mega collaborations with ASICS and New Balance. Stocking a mix of local and international clothing brands across two levels, Up There’s sneaker wall is always loaded with brand mainstays and will have you drooling for hours!
Location: 1/15 McKillop Street, CBD