The Internet has transformed the way we gather information, how we communicate with one another, and how we shop. For the modern sneaker fanatic, online shopping is both boon and bane in equal measure. On the one hand, it offers convenience and efficiency. Picking up your coveted pair through your smartphone saves time, gas and energy. On the other hand, online shopping removes the thrill of the chase, as well as the option to hold the product and try it on for size. But let's not forget that simple access trumps all, and that's precisely what the Internet offers: access to limited sizes and styles that would otherwise be impossible to score through your local brick and mortar store. With that in mind, we present the top online sneaker destinations you should already have bookmarked.
Produced by: Dan Hwang
1. Overkill Shop Berlin’s Overkill stocks the heavy hitters – Nike, PUMA, Adidas – along with smaller labels more popular in Europe, like Diadora and KangaROOS. Fans of retro runners will find a lot to love here, and a strong social media presence means customers are always up to date on the steady stream of new product.
2. Afew Based in Dusseldorf, the scope of Afew’s brand offerings may be relatively limited but essential, and the site layout makes navigating a pleasure. Retro running shoes and basketball sneakers are shop specialties.
3. Flightclub Everyone’s favorite sneaker consignment store for the past decade, Flightclub is the one-stop shop for connoisseurs looking for the ultra-rare and ultra-prized, regardless of genre or vintage. Get your grails here -- at a price.
4. size? The UK-based retail footwear chain can't be beat in terms of both scope, with brands major brands like Nike rubbing shoulders with obscure labels like Superega. But what really draws sneaker fiends to the site is the steady stream of exclusive drops, ranging from the Nike Air Huarache Light to the adidas Originals Hamburg.
5. Sneaker Politics Louisiana’s Sneaker Politics is the independent source for Quickstrike releases and limited-collaborations, as well as the latest Jordan retro launch. If it's anticipated or sought after, chances are good that Sneaker Politics will carry them.
6. Wish Wish may serve the greater Atlanta area from its Little Five Points location, but it also sets the tone for the city, stocking a tightly curated selection of brands that are both established and emerging. Get your Y-3 Qasas here, as well as as a pair of made in USA New Balance 574s.
7. Caliroots For many of us, Caliroots emerged on our collective radar as an overseas stockist for Nike SB Dunks. Years later, the Stockholm-based retailer has grown by an impressive degree, offering something for sneaker aficionados of all stripes (and Swooshes, Jazz Stripes and Chevrons).
8. The Good Will Out Like its Teutonic counterparts, Cologne's The Good Will Out specializes in retro runners and court shoes. Even better, the shop stocks Vans Vault and Jordan, balancing out the amazing selection of adidas models that make the store an always reliable Trefoil standby.
9. Sneakersnstuff Having originally opened in 1999, Sweden’s Sneakernstuff is something of an online industry vet. Not only does the retailer have one of the best and most comprehensive selection of brands going, Sneakersntuff can regularly be counted on for exclusive collaborations with the likes of adidas, ASICS, Reebok and New Balance.
10. Hanon Fans of New Balance's Flimby-made silhouettes have long held Aberdeen's Hanon in great esteem. The shop is still a top source for New Balance 577s, 998s and 1500s, but Hanon has lately become a worthy contributor to some of the more unique sneaker collaborations of recent years, including these joint ventures with Diadora and Reebok.