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Sneaker Stores You Must Visit in Melbourne

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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 in need of a little retail therapy.

Melbourne’s sneaker stores are a case of both quality and quantity, with an eclectic assortment of creps that’s just as tasty as the city’s beloved coffee. In recent years, iconic stores such as Provider and Sports Lords paved the way for the emergence of a new wave of contemporary sneaker spots across the CBD and inner suburbs, elevating Melbourne’s retail landscape to stratospheric heights.

Don’t be fooled by their age, though – these modern sneaker hubs will satisfy even the most serious crep connoisseurs.

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Up There – 1/15 McKillop Street

A charming rustic boutique located a short walk from Melbourne’s iconic Bourke Street Mall, Up There’s quality-first ethos shines through via its curated selection of menswear and sneakers.

You’ll find all your favourites scattered across the enchanting wooden displays, from the latest Nike collaborations to left-field assortments from brands like Brand Black and Viberg. If you’re lucky, you might even find yourself amongst a killer launch party.

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Sneakerboy Flagship Store - 256 Little Bourke Street

With locations across the east coast, Sneakerboy’s standing as Australia’s go-to locale for the latest luxury sneaker offerings, as well as rare drops from the Swoosh and the Three Stripes, simply can’t be denied.

Born and bred in Melbourne, ‘The Luxury Sneaker Store’ has recently expanded their acquainted Little Bourke Street flagship, unveiling one of the most extraordinary footwear retail spaces the country has ever seen.

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Subtype - 118 Russell Street

Sydney staple Subtype have recently opened their first Melbourne concept store, adding some heritage and humour to Melbourne’s flourishing sneaker scene. 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 Resort Corps, Ader Error, Drôle de Monsieur and PAM, as well as the usual big-brand staples, you’re bound to find a worthy cop, no matter your type.

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Secret Sneaker Store - Melbourne Central

If you’re looking to splash some cash on limited edition Air Jordans, sought-after Yeezys or Supreme – look no further.

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.

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Fast Times Skateboarding - 121 Swanston Street

For years now, Fast Times Skateboarding has been the hub for skateboarders across Melbourne and beyond.

Aside from arguably the best selection of skateboarding decks and hardware in the country, the hole-in-the-wall spot on Swanston Street is decked out with a ginormous skateboarding footwear range. Choose from skateboarding staples such as Vans, DC, adidas Skateboarding, and much more. If luck is on your side, you might even be able to get your hands on a sought-after Nike SB drop.

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Kickz101 - 259 Collins Street

One of Melbourne’s oldest and most respected sneaker spots, Kickz101 was probably the place where many local OGs copped their first pair of Jays.

Dealing in all things performance basketball, Kickz101 is packed to the brim with official NBA paraphernalia and the latest court-ready ballers from Nike, Jordan Brand, adidas and Reebok. As an epicentre for hyped Jumpman drops, you’ll regularly spot a sea of sneakerheads camping outside before a sought-after release.

Pop in, cop, and catch a game on the big screen. Sounds pretty good to us.

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Supply Store - 29A Sutherland Street

Melbournians aren’t jealous of Sydneysiders very often, but the lack of a Supply Store has certainly been a talking point for some time. Thankfully, the revered Sydney establishment has finally 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 – your raffle entry pending, of course.

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KICKSTW - 314 Little Collins Street, Level 2

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 now 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 – and in quick time, too!

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Sole Finess - Collingwood

Located a short trip outside the CBD via tram, Sole Finess holds the title of Australia's only womens-dedicated sneaker boutique.

Stocked with smaller sizes in the latest drops, as well as the classic rotation fillers, ladies need to make this minimal marvel a pit stop on their itinerary (guys, feel free to pop in and cop something for bae).

The team behind Sole Finess also use the store as a collaborative platform, showcasing local and international female artists, illustrators, designers, photographers and innovators. These girls are killin' it!

Is your wanderlust kicking in yet? Be sure to check out our sneaker itineraries for Tokyo, London, and New York. In the meantime, be sure to check out our comprehensive Sneaker Store Guide to plot your next kickspedition.

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