Sneaker Stores You Must Visit in Sydney
Despite inevitable pushback from long-time rivals Melbourne, it could be argued that Sydney is Australia’s true sneaker capital.
The city’s retail landscape (just like the CBD itself) has seen dramatic change in recent years, with various long-time sneaker locales making way for a new wave of retailers stocked to the brim with all the latest fire footwear. Walking the footsteps paved by OG hubs of days gone by, the new guard has given avid crep connoisseurs more options than ever before.
The first stop on many a Down Under adventure, Sydney will leave you struggling for shoe space in that suitcase. Book yourself some extra baggage allowance, sneakerheads – you’ll need it.
Whether you’re in the market for a vintage gem or something new, Butter will scratch your sneaker itch with their curated collection of new releases and drool-worthy consignment crep section. There really is something to whet everyone’s appetite – literally. Before you’re done, make sure you hit up Butter’s restaurant for fried chicken and champagne to fuel the rest of your kickspedition.
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’ opened its Sydney store back in 2014, further cementing their spot as the country’s high-end sneaker frontrunners.
One of the city’s OG locales for sneakers and streetwear, Espionage has been going strong since 2002. Don’t be surprised to see quite a crowd there prior to a hyped drop.
Stocked with an eclectic mixture of familiar favourites and consignment creps, Espionage delivers Nike and adidas GRs, as well as goodies from the likes of Supreme, BAPE, Louis Vuitton, CdG Play, Off-White, and more.
Above The Clouds
A local favourite, Above The Clouds delivers a charming and friendly boutique experience. Don’t let that fool you, though – they mean business when it comes to sneakers and streetwear.
Offering a carefully curated lineup, AtC is packed with sneaker selections from the likes of Nike, adidas, ASICS, New Balance, PUMA, Saucony, and Diadora. Streetwear wise, premium labels like Aimé Leon Dore, Medicom, and Sporty & Rich are just some of notable niceties.
Hitting the scene in 2012, Solemate Sneakers has since grown to be one of Sydney’s favoured locations for all things crep. Step inside and you’ll find new arrivals as well as plastic-wrapped consignment Grails aplenty. Jumpman fans will feel particularly at home, with a host of iconic colourways lining the tightly packed shelves.
A Sydney establishment, Supply Store has long been the city’s first point of call for all things streetwear – but certainly don’t skimp when it comes to sneaker range.
Lovers of Japanese designer labels and premium accessories need look no further, while all your hyped sneaker releases can also be acquired – a raffle entry pending, of course.
UPS Skate Shop
Local skaters flock to boutique skate shop UPS for their stellar range of skate goods from the OG brands, both local and international. Owned and run by skaters committed to the local and wider scene, UPS come through with the latest Nike Skateboarding drops if you’re all about that SB resurgence.
It might not be for the archetypal heads out there, but FEIT have built up a name for themselves thanks to years of hard work crafting premium footwear with a conscience. Anyone interested in creps will appreciate the attention to detail and first-class materials like supple vegetable leathers and suedes. Hit ‘em up for a truly unique pair of sneakers… or maybe even some boots or slip-ons?
PASS~PORT Store & Gallery
Sydney skate stalwarts PASS~PORT opened their first store in Darlinghurst in 2019. Aside from bringing together the best local and international skate brands, they’ve managed to build a solid lineup of skate-ready footwear, including one of Sydney’s best Nike SB accounts.
Not in the market for anything? No worries. There’s a small gallery built into the space, which showcases some of the best local talent going around.
Australia’s first Stussy flagship location, this store packs in so much more than just the all-conquering Californian brand. Decked out in blond timber, palms, and minimal clutter, the space houses a range of streetwear staples, as well as a curated selection of sneakers.
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