Stores You Must Visit to Score Vintage Sneakers
As parts of the world gradually reopen, voracious vintage hunters are once again hungry to flick and thumb their way through boxes and racks for their next big bounty. Here are some more prime destinations to pick up the finest in vintage sneakers – and some locations won’t even require a plane ticket to get to!
Over the years, sneakerheads both local and international have made the pilgrimage to WORM TOKYO for an indelible selection of new and old kicks. The newer pairs are par for the course for any competitive secondary store, but it’s their vintage offering that sets them apart. Sure, there’s the usual OG Air Jordan 1s and co.jp Nike Dunks, but how about NOS Air Trainer Huaraches from 1992? And, if you don’t feel like hopping on a plane to Tokyo, WORM TOKYO have an Instagram page that lists just a fraction of the heat you can catch in store.
〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 2 Chome−26−5 2F
There’s a good reason OldskoolRetro only operate online: customers would get absolutely lost in their massive warehouse! Known for carrying clothing and footwear that sits within the golden Northern Soul era of the 1970s to 1990s, there is a rich UK style stocked. Expect plenty of terrace/casual styles by adidas and PUMA, but don’t be surprised by niche entries from bygone brands like Hi-TEC and Norman Walsh. For those that can’t deal with wearing pre-owned shoes, look away: OldskoolRetro offer a hire service to help complete the missing piece of a retro party outfit or event.
Double Double Vintage
Double Double Vintage are a relatively new outfit, having only been founded in 2017, but the tenacity of founders Simon and Niklas has to be applauded. The duo has spent countless weekends digging at flea markets and thrift stores to curate a selection of that sweet 90s vintage. Find the usual suspects like Nike, adidas and Reebok for sneakers, and pair it with a crisp tracksuit by FILA or Tommy Hilfiger. Double Double Vintage also houses a cosy café to recharge with a hot brew and crispy waffle in between flicking through the store’s selection.
G7 24, 68159 Mannheim, Germany
UK outfitters Dukes Cupboard may typically specialise in vintage garms from staple labels like Stone Island and Avirex, but part of maintaining that specific aesthetic requires the correct footwear. Given their geographic location, Air Max 95s regularly pass in and out of Dukes’ quick moving inventory, but more choice selections like the Prada Americas Cup cut the mustard for this stringent selection. The team at Dukes Cupboard also have a knack for creative services, providing art direction for ,Footpatrol and Polo Ralph Lauren, plus assisting fellow vintage hunters Round Two for London pop-ups.
14 Ingestre Pl, Soho, London W1F 0JQ, United Kingdom
2nd STREET is a thrifting institution, with over 730 stores in its home country of Japan alone. Its business model has since expanded to other regions like Taiwan, Malaysia, and the US, but the sheer volume back in Japan is staggering, and the likelihood of scoring a vintage sneaker gem is high. While locations like Harajuku and Koenji are hotspots for habitual hunters, try branching out into more tucked away areas like Shimokitazawa. Just keep it a secret, okay? The high turnover of product and regular restocks means it’s worthwhile to make a habit of frequently checking the racks.