A great pair of shoes can change your life. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic but a great pair of kicks can definitely elevate your look. The following shops have some serious street cred and will take your shoe game to the next level:
Park Royal, Metropolis at Metrotown and Richmond Centre
Walking into J2, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into an actual sneaker box. Sleek and organized, it’s an easy shop to navigate and it’s even easier to spot the sneakers of your dreams. Their selection is a little more ‘selective’ but nevertheless, a great spot for copping cool limited-edition kicks.
9 Menu Skateboard Shop
114 Water St
If you’ve ever walked down Water Street, chances are you’ve walked past Menu. This awesome skateboard shop in the heart of Gastown is known for its good vibes and rad staff. They also have a great selection and carry unique styles of Vans and Huf skate shoes, as well as Adidas, Nike SB, Converse Cons, New Balance Numerica and Adidas to name a few.
819 Hornby St
Vancouver’s longest running streetwear and sneaker boutique and home to Vancity Original®, Dipt has really made a name for itself for carrying kicks that are definitely ‘on point.’ Here you’ll find the latest and most-hyped up Jordan, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebox and Timberland footwear.
7 Wings and Horns
133 W 5th Ave
For beautifully crafted leather sneakers, look no further than Wings and Horns. Born out of Vancouver, this contemporary Canadian menswear label produces Italian-made footwear with an immense attention to detail.
Aside from their own collection, they’ve also collaborated with other brands such as New Balance, Danner, Viberg and local brand Haven.
6 Live Stock
141 East Pender St
Some people say this is a true sneakerhead shop! Livestock has a wide variety of sneakers and clothing. They carry brands that are hard to find and have a great selection. You might find that rare pair you were looking for here! And yes, they take pre-orders or hold stock for ‘sneaker-buddies. This is a place to hit up if you have the same kink!
Ps: They also have a second location on W 4th in Kits.
5 The Corner Store
2601 Main St
Their new neighbourhood suits them extremely well! Previously located in Gastown, they might be “new” in Mount Pleasant, but definitely not new in business. While this Mount Pleasant shop carries a great selection of popular global streetwear brands, they also have a small selection of Canadian brands! Fave feature on their website: New Product! The little things that makes your life easier.
4 El Kartel
104 E Pender St
This local independent shop originally located on Granville St has found their new home in Chinatown. Inspired by art and music they are always on the search to find unique brands and looks from all over the world – outfits and sneakers they would wear themselves! A rad space with unique art pieces and a true c0mmunity-feel!
(Don’t forget to check out their wicked selection of socks to pair with your kicks.)
3 Rowan Sky
334 W Cordova St
A must go to for every Asics Tiger Onitsuka fan and fashionable New Balance styles. Believe us, we know how hard it is to get them! Their collection is a selection of brands from around the world – a mix of European, Canadian, and American brands, adding new styles every season.
52 E Cordova St
Gastown boutique clothing store Haven is the go-to for Japanese-imported footwear and apparel that is difficult to find anywhere else in Canada. Visvim, Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Reigning Champ, Hender Scheme, and Neighborhood are just a few of the brands they carry.
A shop for the truly sneaker-obsessed.
1 Strike Movement
299 Columbia St
Designed for people in motion, Vancouver-based STR/KE Movement is a super innovative athletic apparel brand that designs footwear that is high performance, light-weight and with a #sofreshandsoclean aesthetic. (Not to mention also insanely COMFY.)
Aside from setting a new athletic standard, they pride themselves on being a community that supports and promotes fit and healthy lifestyles, productivity and inclusivity.
Did we miss any? Let us know!
Co-Author: Christin Grossman, self-professed sneaker addict. Check her out: @alohavancouver